Saturday, 28 June 2014

Chocolate friands for afternoon tea!

One of our friends bought us back a friand tin from Aus, so that, plus scoring some imported
frozen raspberries, made for a decadent afternoon tea...

(Look what's underneath!)

Recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Friands

Makes 6

100g butter
1/2 cup white chocolate buttons
3/4 cups ground almonds
3/4 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup plain flour
2 tbsp. cocoa
6 egg whites
6 raspberries

Preheat oven to 150 C fan bake. Melt butter and chocolate together over a low heat. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the egg whites and mix until smooth with an electric beater on low speed.  Stir in melted chocolate mixture until combined.  Fill greased friend moulds or a muffin pan and top each one with a raspberry.  Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.  Cool before removing from moulds.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hey! Who's eating our apples?

Yes, we have a kind of apple here, but as you can see by the leaves, not the same variety as NZ.

By the way, many of the kids learn to climb from tiny and are experts at climbing anything
vertical, especially if there is a food reward at the top!

Apples at the market

Friday, 20 June 2014

Fish bowl!

This is the beach we go snorkelling at sometimes, just outside of Honiara.
One of our friend's took these photos, and kindly let me have them. 

Look what's under the water...

Monday, 16 June 2014

Something from home...

We had a bit of a party with some friends coming and some friends going.
There was pavlovas and Tip Top Icecream...
enough to make a grown man cry!

Saturday, 14 June 2014


  • Finely woven bag
  • Hand cut shells for necklace, bracelet and earings,
  • Fan
  • Panpipes (a local musical instrument made from bamboo)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Our favourite granola...

Granola Recipe

2 tbsp vegetable oil
125 ml maple syrup (or honey, golden syrup, brown sugar/water syrup- or 100 ml and 1/3 cup brown sugar)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g rolled oats (2 cups)
50g sunflower seeds (1/3 cup)
4 tbsp sesame seeds
50g pumpkin seeds (1/3 cup)
100g flaked almonds (2/3 cup, or other nuts)
100g dried berries (2/3 cup, eg apricots, dried strawberries)
50g coconut flakes or desicated coconut (2/3 cup)


Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.

Tip the granola on to a big non-stick baking tray and spread evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10-15 mins more. Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool.

Serve with cold milk or yoghurt. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Caviar of the Pacific - Balolo!

Yep! I ate these (worms)!
We were "fortunate" enough to be visiting a village when these were "in season."
If you really want to be grossed out, check out more about these things (g02 9/8 - Balolo)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Cool clouds...

 Sorry, there's loads of cloud pictures.  I just couldn't seem to choose which ones to get rid of...