Summer is officially here, time to grill…

As summer officially gets underway, I figure I’d share this truly amazing caribbean pork tenderloin recipe that I stole and slightly modified from Bobby Flay…

For the glaze:
1 cup guava jam
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk these all together and set the glaze aside.

For the mojo:
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cups orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 habanero chile, seeded and finely chopped (trust me, its plenty)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toss it all into a pan and boil it until it reduces to half.  Let it settle to room temperature…
For the pork:
2 pork tenderloins, about 1 1/2 pounds each
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salt/Pepper the tenderloins, and douse in the glaze. Grill on on pre-heated high heat for 5-7 minutes per side, when flipping re-glaze both sides. When the meat is firm it is done, even if you cut it open and it still looks raw. Take it off the grill. Use up the remainder of the glaze and let it sit for 5-10 more minutes, the pork will finish cooking at this time.

Slice and then drizzle the mojo over it. Be forewarned, the mojo is habenero powered.

Serve while hot… enjoy some rum punch and watch the sunset.

Now to try Caribbean salads…

Summer is heating up

After all the recent rain and ensuing chaos, Hawaii is back to normal.  I’ll go scuba diving with Ocean Concepts this weekend out of their downtown Waikiki location.  Its been a while but I’m glad to get wet again.

Also on our plate, are a ton of visitors!  Yes indeed, cousins in May, mother in June, and my brother in July.  Then we take a minivacation to Alaska on Norweigen Cruise Lines.

Its amazing to think we’ve been here nearly a year, just 5 weeks until that anniversary.  We are both glad to have so many visitors, it makes us feel like our spare room is being used and that we are closer to home than the map appears!

Keep in touch.

– ardent

Couple photos

Believer and I did some shopping ($600 worth) over the weekend.  We got a new rug and some bamboo shades.  I have a lot of honey-do’s to welcome me back from recovery.   Here’s the bedroom and rug in the living room.  Our dog also decided to pose for a few pictures.

Horseradish Cream Sauce

Along with any good fondue meal is the need for a wide array of wonderful sauces.   This horseradish sauce is mild to me, but my wife loves it (and she normally dislikes horseradish sauces).

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon worstershier sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste (a few turns of the salt and pepper grinders should suffice)

Chill for an hour or so and serve with fondue.  Great for your red meats.

Cheese Fondue

Not sure what the title of this was called but it was absolutely amazing.

  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 8 oz Muenster cheese, grated
  • 2 tbl sp. corn starch
  • 1 cup of dry white whine
  • 2 – 3 tsp minced fresh garlic (no dried please!)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground black pepper

Mix it all together, heat the pot, and dip your favorite items. A few personal favorites:

  • 3 day old bread (bake your own Italian Herb Bread)
  • Red / Green apples
  • Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange Pepper
  • Cooked ham, cubed

Any other suggested dipping items? Leave a comment….

Safeway football scratch card giveaway

After frustratios over having to view the video and/or download a pdf file to view the winning numbers, here are the safeway numbers for each week of the giveaway. I think you need to match at least 6 sequential numbers, with the big prizes matching all 8. See www.safeway.com for details.

Jan 08, 2006: 78850110
Jan 15, 2006: 53195730
Jan 22, 2006: 79942044
Feb 05, 2006: 75425522

Good luck…

Unexpected Guest

After watching the Carolina Panthers lose to the Seattle Seahawks by a landslide, I got up to head for the restroom. Imagine my suprise when I realized we had a newly deceased guest in our house…

Italian Herb Bread

I’ve become addicted to baking bread in the Breadman TR-4000 bread machine. My favorite recipe thusfar is the Italian Herb Bread. This is a quick 1.5lb recipe:

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp dried italian herbs
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 cubs water
  • 2 tsp active yeast

I just put some in the machine and the aroma is filling the house…. Mmmmmmmmm.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Every Friday night the street I live on has a pau hana (end of work) party. Its pot luck so its a great time to experience new foods. This week I made stuffed mushrooms and it was a big hit. I think it was the first dish gone!

16-32 regular mushrooms, washed, dried, and stems removed.
1 tub of garic and chive cream cheese
4 bacon strips fully cooked, minced
1 cluster of green onions minced
garlic salt to taste
1 cup of cheddar cheese (for mix)
1 cup of italian seasoned bread crumbs

I threw it all together, whisked it briefly (cheating, i used the microwave to soften the cream cheese), and filled the caps. After filling, sprinked more cheddar cheese lightly over the tops of all of the mushrooms.

Then i very lightly oiled a baking pan, preheated to 350, put them in and waited 15 minutes. Be sure to let them cool before serving, the mushrooms keep the heat very well.

Live Webcam of Backyard

So, out of sheer boredom and a lot of ‘old’ toys laying around, I decided to setup a webcam of the back yard. So, if you’re ever curious about the weather…. click the link to the right, choose “Friends and Family” and look for ‘ardent’.

Have fun watching nothing! 🙂