Local treats

Considering how food obsessed I am, related discussion has been pretty absent here. That stops now! Food in Fiji has been a treat for the senses. My favorite finds are usually in the public “farmer’s” market.
no spitting.
Vendor in the Savusavu market, arranging her wares
The prettiest of all: this seaweed, called sea grapes. I love seaweed (sushi! poke! soup! So many lovely ways to have seaweed) so this jumped out at me. Combined with coconut milk, lime juice, chillies, garlic, and ginger- it is prepared into a local dish known as Nama. I’m still looking for a place that serves this, so I can get the flavors right myself.
Sea grapes
My picture is terrible (sigh) but there were bunches of young fern fronds, held together with banana leaf wrappers. Nothing at the fiddlehead stage… I wonder how they’re prepared? That’s casava (also known as manioc, or tapioca) stacked in the background- I mislabeled them as taro in Flickr. Time to get my tubers straight.
Ferns and taro
The food fun doesn’t stop at the farmer’s market. Stores are full of indian treats. For fans of butterfat like me, this is a heavenly sight…
mmmmm.... ghee
I though the condiments on our lunch table were interesting. This peppers are wildly hot. A little sweet, a little spicy, to go on top of your curry?

4 Responses to Local treats

  1. boatbaby September 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I love the “no spitting” sign in the market 🙂
    Looks like a treat for the senses. MMmmmmm!

  2. rebecca September 14, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    I would love to try those sea grapes! These and all of your Flickr photos are so descriptive and beautiful – We’re having a great time as armchair travelers thanks to you!

  3. GalleySwap September 16, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    We can’t wait to see some of your exotic recipes on GalleySwap.com! Also been working on trying to find you some more dried bean recipes.

  4. phyllis grant September 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    i love seeing what’s in the markets. what are you cooking these days? would love some inspiration.

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