I asked good friend, TV Host and food-loving Awesome Apronite, George Kourounis to take a short break from his globetrotting adventures and introduce himself to the rest of the Apronite gang.
George’s show “Angry Planet” takes us from the volcanoes of the Pacific to the hurricanes of the Atlantic, from the glaciers of Patagonia to the geysers of Iceland, from Oklahoma’s Tornado Alley to the deep wet caves of Vancouver Island. George and his crew visit the world’s most dramatic natural phenomena and feature each as an informative package of high definition style and entertainment. Be sure to check out George’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/gkourounis for show clips, his TED talks and unique culinary approach (see below).
Keep watching the airwaves, many more adventures, exotic cuisines and hot sauce experiments to come from Mr. Kourounis. It’s great to feel included in all his travels, especially without all of the jet lag and spider bites.
Name: George Kourounis – Global Adventurer & TV Host
3 things that make you awesome:
1. I’ve hosted 39 episodes of my very own adventure travel show. “Angry Planet” chronicles my explorations as I travel the world, documenting natural disasters & extreme weather. Basically the camera rolled as I poked Mother Nature with a stick.
2. I’ve been to over 40 countries on all 7 continents
3. I can find a way to work bacon into any meal.
What are you eating this week?
Well, I just stepped off a plane from India where I was fortunate enough to try some VERY authentic indian dishes. I love Indian ingredients, there are just so many flavors that are unique to that culture. It seems like each time, I find some new flavor I’ve never experienced. The vegetarian dishes were particularly amazing; lentils, paneers, curried vegetables, you name it.
Of course, now that I’m back home, and away from the airline food, I did whip up a crazy meal with fresh green beans with bacon, home cooked calamari, with a side of cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeno peppers, grilled up on the bbq. Yum.
3 local ingredients that excite you:
1. Home grown, back-yard jalapeno peppers! I actually grow several varieties of hot peppers, but the Jalapenos are very versatile.
2. Fresh Ontario berries!
3. Roadside sweet corn. Oh yes, that’s the good stuff.
3 imported ingredients that you can’t live without?
1. El Yucateco hot sauce (Mexico)
2. Various types of tea (India, China)
3. Olive oil (Greece) A bow to my Greek heritage.
When I say “Banana”, you say:
Why is it that bananas taste awesome, but banana flavored stuff is terrible? We can put a man on the Moon, but can’t master this. NASA… Get on it!
Who are you cooking/baking for this week?
I tend to do almost all of the cooking around our house, and that’s fine by me, I love to cook. My wife Michelle deals with taking care of the animals, and it is a zoo around here with 2 dogs, a hairless sphinx cat, a giant aquarium and 2 bearded dragons. They beg, I refuse, they beg some more.
What’s in your glass?
I never acquired a taste for wine or beer, and I don’t often drink spirits. I like to keep my beverages simple and ever since I’ve dramatically cut back my intake of sugary drinks, I usually stick with tea in the morning and water with half a lemon in the evening.
What would a sandwich inspired by you be called and include?
The Volcano – Strips of thick-cut bacon, layered with cheddar cheese, topped with grilled hot peppers & sauteed onions with lettuce and garlic mayo on oversized Dimpflmeier rye bread. OK, now I’m getting hungry.
Hey! Bacon lovers and adventurers, ever consider cooking your bacon with thermite (finely powdered aluminum and iron oxide that produces a very high temperature on combustion)?