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

tuna poke
Food

Tuna Poke

Sashimi-grade fish is accessible and affordable in Fiji. We had sashimi-grade tuna in the freezer, and after fully defrosting it, I made poke, one of my favorite treatments for raw fish. The process is simple: Slice the fish into bite-size pieces (I recommend slicing against the grain of the cartilage), drizzle in sesame oil and… Continue reading Tuna Poke

pumpkin juice
Food

Raw Pumpkin Juice

If you get your nose close to an open pumpkin, you'll notice it smells like melon. We had a hunk of pumpkin that had been sitting in the fridge for a while, and, breathing in that melon scent, I thought, why not juice it? That turned out to be a great idea. I cut the… Continue reading Raw Pumpkin Juice

Carrot cucumber celery juice
Food

An Intro to Raw Juicing

Despite the "Samuel Adams Rebel IPA" branding on the glass in the photo, this is not an endorsement of Sam Adams' products (not that I have anything against Sam Adams). Someone gave this glass as part of a Christmas gift, and I consider it the perfect size for juice. We just got a home juicer,… Continue reading An Intro to Raw Juicing

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