Kalua Turkey

Most of you know last Thanksgiving our turkey was cooked in a Hawaiian Imu overnight and was so moist, smokey flavored, and delicious that I couldn’t wait to do it again.

Well, I’ve done it — ths time without the Imu. Directions follow.

1) Find yourself a good sized turkey. Since it’s just the wife and I, a turkey breast was fine.

2) Wash the turkey, pat dry, and remove all the innards.

3) Rub in Hawaiian salt (coase sea salt) inside and out.

4) Rub 1/4 to 1/2 a bottle of Mesquite Liquid Smoke.

5) In a deep baking dish, lie 360 degrees worth of foil in every direction (so you have a big flower like circle).

6) Obtain some ti leaves, wash, debone, and lay in a circle on the foil.

7) Place the seasoned turkey on the ti leaves, wrap the ti leaves around the turkey, hold in place while you wrap the aluminum foil up over. You want to use enough foil to where no steam will escape in the cooking process. I used 12-14 sheets of long aluminum foil.

8) Bake in preheated oven at 350 for two hours, then reduce to 225 and cook for 5 hours.

9) Throw your knives away, just use a fork and, if you are a successful chef, the turkey will fall apart right there on the baking pan.

10) Last but not least, take all leftover juices and pour over the shreded turkey Season with hawaiian salt as needed and (if really needed) add a little more liquid smoke.

Happy early gobble gobble day.

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…

Deep Diver Certification

Greetings, long time no post. I was able to complete my deep diver specialty at Ocean Concepts this past weekend. It was great to finally get back in the water and even better to keep marching on my way towards the Master Scuba Diver certification. Since moving to Oahu, I’ve been able to get my open water, advanced open water, underwater photographer, underwater naturalist, underwater navigation, and deep diver specailties. I’m looking forward to the Rescue Diver course and then on to being a master diver.

Now if I could just convince my wife to get open water certified so we could dive the Galapagos islands next August…

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

Microsofts’s New Tools

Microsoft has been busy attempting to create new tools that will help protect your computer from spyware, adware, and other unintended installations, services, internet explorer extensions, run-at-start items, etc.

 Two products I feel everyone should be using are:

  1. Windows Defender (http://www.microsoft.com/defender/).  This tool will monitor installations and changes to key registry areas.  So if you dont want that yahoo toolbar installed, you can ‘block’ it in the event the software you are installing doesnt give you a choice.
  2. Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer 2 (http://www.microsoft.com/mbsa).  This tool will download a list of all patches for all of their software and then compare it to what you have installed on your system.  This should be run a few times a year to make sure you are up to date.

Good luck, and as always, if you have questions, give me a buzz on IM.

Oahu Floodings

Just a quick note, I am fine, believer is in North Carolina, and our neighborhood seems fine for now…

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.

Should have just bought a microsoft product

Serioulsy, I was at Costco today and decided its time to take the next step in organization for my business, so I purchased a $300 copy of Quickbooks Premier.  The install didn’t work, at all.  It kept stating that it had problems reading a corrupt file on the CD, but using windows explorer, I was able to easily copy all the data to disk.  So, after reading some quickbooks help forums, it stated how to start the install from disk (this problem apparantly is common).  Installation from disk had just as many problems of the same sort, and I was forced to use alternative methods to locate the installation files.   Sometimes I wonder why I ever deviate from Microsoft products…[/sarcasm]