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other things we eat

May 4, 2012

From March 9 (in Solomon Islands capital)


I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy taking pictures, but I can’t say I’m a great food photographer. There’s been enough interest from you, dear readers, in what we’re eating here in Solomons that we’ve been taking pictures of some typical meals I’ve made.

The real reason that I’m posting this is that my mom’s afraid I’m not eating anything here besides fruits and vegetables. Love you, Mom.

The main course in these two pictures is vegetables in a sauce made of peanut butter (protein, Mom), curry, garlic, and other spices. I do love peanut butter. I cooked carrots, eggplant, green peppers, and maybe something else in the sauce.

The white and yellow stuff is cassava, which is a root vegetable. There are white ones and yellow ones. I cooked them in coconut milk, which usually helps everything, but these turned out pretty globby. I also made normal rice.

The verdict: Thumbs up on the curry peanut sauce and veggies. Neutral on the rice. Thumbs down on what I did to the cassava–better luck next time.

veggies in curry peanut sauce, cassava in coconut milk, and rice

Here’s a Solomon Island-inspired meal: greens and potatoes cooked in coconut milk, with two-minute noodles added at the end. Two-minute noodles, a.k.a. ramen noodles, are in every store here. This exotic dinner was served with watermelon and yogurt.

The verdict: Actually really tasty, but as a side dish. Some fish, a typical addition to local meals here, might bump it up another notch.

greens, potatoes, and ramen; homemade yogurt

We’ve eaten out a few times. One Saturday we went to the beach with some colleagues. On the way back, we stopped for lunch at a food stand along the road. We had our choice of several different kinds of fish, chicken, and something that looked like crawdads. All the meals were served with rice and cassava. The kingfish John chose was mighty tasty. These ladies knew how to cook cassava, too, as it was much tastier than when I’d made it. The baskets are a palm branch that’s woven somehow.

fish and rice from a food stand

We also got a chicken basket. They don’t give silverware, so we looked as dignified eating  it as Little D does here.

chicken and rice basket

The leftover fish became these fish patties. The rice was baked with eggs and green peppers.

fish patties and baked rice

We went out to eat at a hotel one Sunday afternoon between church and picking someone up at the airport. The lunch menu was mostly sandwiches. We ordered cheeseburgers and fries, which are called chips here. The food was really great. Here’s D eating his part.

burger and fries

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2012 3:28 pm

    Mmm…it all sounds yummy to me. We’re big fans of peanut sauces. Very common in eastern African cuisine as well. Mmm, cassava. Love reading your updates and praying for you all.


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