Food, garden

Papaya Harvest

Our gardener planted papaya seeds that have grown into a tall and healthy tree in less than a year. The tree has begun to yield lots of fruit. So much fruit, in fact, that I can practically walk out every day and pick a papaya off the tree to eat. I look out daily for… Continue reading Papaya Harvest

basil parsley Fiji garden
Food, garden

Tropical Garden Starters

We have a lush garden in our yard in Fiji. I can't take credit for it. Our gardener has been working the yard for many years, and previous tenants have installed their own touches. Before we moved to Fiji, we imagined being able to eat from our garden. After we arrived, we started small by… Continue reading Tropical Garden Starters

Soursop rum cocktail
Food

Soursop Rum Cocktail

Before we parted from the Tongans last weekend, they sent us off with a beautiful fruit basket that included a large soursop. Soursop is a tropical fruit that I first encountered when we lived in Jamaica. Here, in Fiji, this is the first time that I've eaten the actual fruit. It's juicy and sweet, with… Continue reading Soursop Rum Cocktail

young papaya tree Fiji fruit
Food, garden, photography

Growing Papaya

Our gardener planted some papaya seeds, and I'm amazed at how quickly a tree has grown from them. It's already about 7 ft. tall after less than half a year. The process is so simple: When you eat a papaya, scoop the black seeds out, give them time to dry, them plant them in the… Continue reading Growing Papaya

fermenting cocoa beans
Food

How to Make Chocolate Powder from Cocoa Fruit

We visited Cacao Fiji's cocoa farm in Dreketi on the island of Vanua Levu in October 2019. I learned a lot, and our guide generously gave us a few cocoa pods to take home. This was the start of a fun experiment: making raw cocoa powder. It's a time-intensive process: It takes about two weeks.… Continue reading How to Make Chocolate Powder from Cocoa Fruit