Places

Makira Island – Solomon Islands

I took a deep breath in trying to savour the entire moment – the quiet rustling of coconut palms, the endless blue waters lapping against the smooth ivory sands. Here, life is simple and the food, pure and rich.

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We were lucky to be hosted by Aunty and Uncle, and especially Aunty who spoiled us with her beautiful cooking.

Here’s a taste:

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Sticky Soy Fish with Watercress Salad – Salty and sweet with a chewy texture well accompanied by the peppery watercress and fresh cherry tomatoes.

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Swamp Yam Cake – Warm and beautifully soft with an earthen taste of yam and sweet coconut

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Cassava, Taro and Swamp Yam Cake

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Islander Roasted Tray of Chicken, Pumpkin and Taro

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Curried Fish with Veges – Sweet fish fillets covered with a crisp curried coat.

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Lobster Curry – Juicy white morsels of lobster in a rich curry

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Banana Leaf Roasted Taro and Cassava

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Steamed Lobster

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Fijian Pudding – Warm with flavours of coconut, brown sugar and sultanas.

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Sticky Soy Eggplant with Crispy Fish

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Coconut Fish – Delicately poached fish fillets floating in rich coconut cream with bursts of cherry tomato

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Mud Crab Curry – Sweet soft lobster flesh soaked in spicy creamy curry.

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Curried Shellfish – Tender shellfish soaking up the flavoursome curry

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Plated up

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Fire Roasted Fish with Coconut Flesh

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Tuna and Snakebean Curry – The tuna adds an interesting meaty texture to the beautiful curry spiced with mustard seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel and cloves.

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A thick red banana used for steaming which creates a sweet and chewy accompaniment.

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Fire Roasted Local Potato and Pig

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Steamed Fish with a light Soy and Shallots

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Banana and Cassava Pudding – The banana sweetens the soft doughy cassava and the smooth coconut milk rounds it all off.

Here, the food reflects the pure beauty of the land and its people.

:)

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