lobsters Fiji
Food

Lobster-Infused Rice

A pair of large lobster shells have been sitting in our freezer, and I finally got around to making stock with them. I covered them in water in a large pot and boiled for 1.5 hrs. At the end of boiling, I stirred in two packets of ramen powder (I keep extras in the pantry… Continue reading Lobster-Infused Rice

vanilla and coffee Fiji home garden
Food, garden

Planting Coffee and Vanilla

We ordered five coffee bushes and five vanilla plants from a nursery based in Colo-i-Suva, and they arrived this week. Our gardener planted them yesterday, and we're looking forward to watching them grow. I'm not sure how they'll fare in the soil in our yard, but it's certainly worth a try. This will be a… Continue reading Planting Coffee and Vanilla

ground chicken quesadillas
Food

Ground Chicken Quesadillas

Mexican cuisine is one of my faves because it's very high on the savory quotient, and certain dishes are relatively easy to cook at home. I haven't made quesadillas in a long time, and I was inspired to cook them for a weeknight meal. A note on serving: There's more than one way to dish… Continue reading Ground Chicken Quesadillas

Garden Buddha ATB
Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

oven roasted pork shoulder
Food

Oven-Roasted Pork Shoulder

I got the idea for a pork roast from Better Homes and Gardens. They recommend cooking pork shoulder in the oven for a few hours until tender, then shredding the meat and using it in various dishes. I enjoyed cooking this roast on Sunday. We made carnitas with it for dinner, and there was plenty… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Pork Shoulder