Aloha and welcome to Farm Cook Kauai!
This site is dedicated to sharing with people how I have been inspired to live life to the fullest by engaging in the simple, cultural traditions of farming and cooking.
A novice backyard gardener, I moved to Kauai ten years ago seeking farming experience and knowledge. I worked at a goat dairy for three years in Kilauea and my love for farming developed into a way of life I never expected. A way of life that continuously teaches me about the land, my physical and emotional health, people, spirituality, and love.
After leaving the goat dairy I re-entered the culinary arena. I previously worked in cafes and health food stores as a cook and baker. In addition, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Geography. Through farming, I have been able to combine my education and work experience synthesizing environmental science, food production and culinary arts. I realize on a deep level that without proper nourishment I cannot optimally thrive as an individual or function as a healthy member of society. This realization developed slowly over time from eating the food I have grown. The more of my own food I eat, the better I feel and the more aware I become on many levels. Between growing and cooking my own food at home and working with locally-resourced food almost every day my relationship with food changes. I approach preparing and consuming food with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for it’s ability to sustain all life.
On this site I will post recipes I have experimented with and enjoyed over the years from the food produced in a small 10 x 20 ft garden plot. I will also post gardening how-to’s and tips that I have gleaned from experience and from some of the most knowledgeable farmers on this island. Links to some of my favorite websites will also be found here.
A word about my recipes: I don’t typically follow recipes strictly. The recipes I post are only guidelines. I taste everything as I cook because I don’t believe a recipe will produce the exact same flavor every single time. I think every person’s palette is slightly different and I encourage people to experiment with recipes to experience the creative process of cooking. My approach is to use the freshest ingredients possible, lots of herbs, and aromatics. These ingredients with a little salt and fresh pepper will take you anywhere you want to go in the kitchen!
Thank you for visiting!