A huge part of traveling is exploring the local culture through food. I love that in most cultures, recipes and learning how to cook is passed down by mothers and grandmothers in multiple generations. I learned how to cook from my Mamma, who learned from my Grandma. Food is a miraculous conduit that transcends cultural boundaries and brings people together, regardless of race or origin. Some of the best conversations happen in the kitchen, and some of my fondest memories have been sitting around the table enjoying good company and delicious home-cooked meals made from love.
In 2011, I watched the documentary called “Food Inc” followed by “Forks Over Knives” and “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. These startling documentaries changed my life by opening my eyes to the evils of America’s food industry, Monsanto’s forceful domination over seed production, and the “science project” ingredients in processed foods. I was inspired to learn more about what I was putting into my body and to start documenting the meals I cooked. While I lived on O’ahu, I had a garden which, at its highest point of production, had over 50 vegetables and herbs growing!
Sasha and I hike and camp a lot so I’m always looking for new inspiration for trail snacks and good food to cook prior to a big day in the mountains. Below is a fun journey documenting some of my favorite home-cooked, garden-to-table meals using organic ingredients, all of which I cooked from scratch using ingredients from my garden or farmers markets and shot with my camera. I can’t wait to eat our way through the world while we travel through different countries!
When I moved to Seattle, I started cooking a LOT more salmon. I also had to downgrade to a tiny 3′ x 6′ planter box and select my favorite herbs and veggies that would grow in Seattle’s climate (most things grow quite well year-round in Hawai’i.)
Any foodie knows that there is always room for dessert! The best kitchen tool I’ve ever purchased was my Vitamix. It was quite expensive ($400) but I will be the 5,001st person to say that it truly is “more than just a blender”!