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

creamy cheesy penne with tuna
Food

Creamy, Cheesy Penne with Tuna

We were watching Matty Matheson's take on tuna noodle casserole a few nights ago, and I was inspired to riff on it. My dish isn't a classic tuna noodle casserole--it doesn't go in the oven--but it does retain the creaminess and cheesiness of the original idea. Also, I use albacore tuna steaks instead of canned… Continue reading Creamy, Cheesy Penne with Tuna

pappardelle with Fijian chicken lovo
Food

Pappardelle with Fijian Smoked Chicken

Ah, pappardelle. My favorite noodle. I love the texture, and the relatively large width of the noodle enables them to absorb flavors well. We've still got leftovers from the lovo our gardener prepared this past weekend, and I stirred them into a pasta dish with the same flavor base as the Fijian butter chicken I… Continue reading Pappardelle with Fijian Smoked Chicken

Beef stroganoff
Food

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

hazelnut pesto
Food

Hazelnut Pesto

I saw bags of hazelnuts at our local grocery store this past weekend. I've never cooked with hazelnuts before, but when I saw them, I immediately thought of trying them in a homemade pesto. Our basil plant has died out, so we didn't have fresh basil on hand, but hubby suggested using fresh cilantro, and… Continue reading Hazelnut Pesto