papaya sapling Fiji
essay, garden

Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya

basil in garden
Food, garden

Almond Pesto

The basil in our garden is growing tall and healthy. I snipped the tops off a few of the plants and used the leaves to make a homemade pesto. It has plenty of umami from the parmesan we picked up from Flavio's during our last trip to Nadi. (Flavio showed us how to make pappardelle… Continue reading Almond Pesto

cheese tomato chives omelette
Food, garden

Cheese Omelette with Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Chives

We planted tomatoes just a few months ago in our garden, and they're coming up beautifully. The first batch has begun ripening, and I've brought in the ones that have turned red. Our chives are also very healthy, and I snipped the top of the plant to add to an omelette with the tomatoes and… Continue reading Cheese Omelette with Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Chives

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

Adventure, Food, garden

Annual Coconut Harvest

It's that time of year again: Time to harvest the coconuts in our yard. We have five tall coconut trees that require someone to climb them to take the coconuts down. We harvest them once a year for general maintenance. The yield is much more than we can consume before the coconuts go bad since… Continue reading Annual Coconut Harvest