Monday, 28 July 2014

Flying fox (Local name - Sikwalo)

This funny little fellow ended up hanging around outside our office window for a full day
last week.  Don't know why he chose this palm but we were happy he did, as he ended up
being our photographic model for the day. 

First time for me to see a bat this close up...  We named him Wally...


Sun in my eyes!



Unfolded and acrobatic!

Just let me sleep will ya!

He flew away just before 5...

Wally cartoons...

Twinkle Toes!

"I come with my own blanket!"

It's exhausting sleeping upside down!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday night chillout!


1 full cup chickpeas
1 large garlic clove
salt and pepper
pinch cayenne
1/4 cup olive oil
1 heaped teaspoon cumin
1 or 2 tablespoons tahini
lemon juice to flavour
Blitz everything in a food processor.  I add more of what I like for flavour,
 often more lemon juice, and more cumin.  I add water to make it a
smooth consistency.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Parrot pets...

Many Islanders have parrots as pets.
They teach them to talk, and some of the ones that aren't caged or tied
are taught to come and go loyally to their owner each day.
They are so clever and their colours are outstanding!

What a beauty!

Baby one...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Local Nuts!

Ngali Nuts

Sold in disposable packaging at the market!
Shelled and unshelled nuts

These nuts are very versatile.  They don't have a strong flavour,
so they are great in salads, muesli and cakes. 
I usually buy a few packs, shell them, then bake them
until light brown, and then they store really well.

Cutnut (Brazil Nut family)

 I love the furry flowers that come before the fruit
Aptly named fruit as it takes a bit of cutting into to get to the nut
 The nut itself.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Yummy sweet things to make with local products...

COCONUT cupcakes

BANANA Chocolate Chip Muffins


80g butter
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tblspn golden syrup
1 egg
2 cups white flour
2 tsp a baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
150 ml warm milk
2 bananas mashed
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Cream butter, sugar and golden syrup together until pale. Add egg and mix well.
Add sifted flour and baking powder. Add baking soda to the warmed milk and
 then add the milk to the mixture. Mix well. Lastly add bananas and chocolate
chips. Divide evenly into muffin tins and bake at 170 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
(Very moist and delicious.)

LIME meringue tarts

(Let me know if you want any of the other recipes...)