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

ice cream home made without machine

Make Ice Cream at Home–Without a Machine

We discovered that you can make ice cream at home--without a machine! It's unbelievably easy, and it's so much fun being creative with flavor combos. I've been making chocolate chunk ice cream lately. Any empty and clean pasta sauce bottle will do for the glass jar to hold the ice cream. Ingredients: 1 cup cream… Continue reading Make Ice Cream at Home–Without a Machine


Risotto with Shrimp

I tried my hand at making risotto with white rice for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I loved the richness of the dish, thanks to the butter and parm. Ingredients: 3-5 tbsp. butter 1/2 head of garlic, minced 1.5 cups short-grain white rice 1 cup white wine 5-6 cups water 10 medium/large… Continue reading Risotto with Shrimp

Beef stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff, Island Style

I have to pat myself on the back for this one. It's my tropical-island riff on a classic pasta dish. An umami bomb of beef juices, coconut cream and parmesan. Ingredients: 1 pappardelle pack 1/2 garlic head, minced 1/4-1/2 lb. thin beef strips, tenderized 1 can coconut cream salt and pepper to taste 1 cup… Continue reading Beef Stroganoff, Island Style

pumpkin wahoo rice

Pumpkin and Wahoo Rice

You might be asking, what's wahoo? It's a meaty white fish that's common in Fiji. I sliced up some wahoo into chunks and tossed it with roasted pumpkin and brown rice for a hearty and healthy dish. Oh, and I sprinkled in a generous amount of garlic salt. We bought a big jug of it,… Continue reading Pumpkin and Wahoo Rice