Dining & Entertainment

Survival recipes during lockdown

Salad dressings So here we are, a few weeks into a national lockdown to isolate the latest outbreak of the coronavirus into the community. Unlike last year when most families had only just begun to tap into their savings, leave or FNPF, those funds have all but disappeared one year on from the 2020 shutdown...

Discovering the sweetness of sour

With the Fijian “winter” approaching in a few months, nature is once again signalling that her food medicines are coming into the season, especially the citrus fruits. Lemon, lime, mandarin, pineapple, guava and cumquat are key sources of vitamin C for Pacific islanders – an important medicine to help build immunity and defence against disease. Without a regular dose of vitamin C,...

Making pizza at home

One of the many new foods that households have learned to make at home over the past year is pizza. Everybody loves pizza. No matter what our age, who can resist the taste of melted cheese over a soft chewy dough basted in delicious sauce and toppings of choice. It is one of those foods that are easy to feed...

Easter: Time for a dietary reflection

In this Easter Sunday food special, chef Lance Seeto suggests that we use this unique opportunity to slow down our way of life, and shares his nutritional views on how the whole family can make changes to become more healthy It is now or never. Whether it’s cyclones, tsunamis or contagious viruses, it seems like...

KANU Gastropub offers a journey of extra special food this Valentine’s Day

IF there is one thing that transcends a global pandemic, cyclones, unemployment and that depressing feeling of not being able to travel – it is love. Valentine’s Day has extra special meaning this year as we show appreciation for loved ones that have stood by our side during these trying times. Gourmet eateries like KANU...

School lunches

With the kid’s back to school, their health and nutrition should be top of mind if parents are to have the best chance for their children to have a top education. Learning to understand and concentrating on what is being taught in school will determine their future career choices. It’s not rocket science to understand that a growing child needs...

FOOD: Bone broth nutritious

The wet and windy cyclonic weather this weekend should remind readers to stay warm and healthy by eating foods that contain natural medicine to strengthen the immune system. Sickness usually follows a cyclone as the hot and humid pre-cyclone weather quickly changes into cold and wet. To help reduce getting sick or hasten the recovery process, your body needs plenty of fluids and natural...

Christmas delights – share the love

Christmas 2020 was always going to be a strange one. It has come and gone with very little fanfare and ceremony compared to past years. With COVID, curfews and cyclones disrupting our way of life, this year has been challenging for many as budgets tightened and luxuries have become less important as we end the year with still no sign of when our...

Fijian superfoods

In this season of Exotic Delights, we showcase the locally-grown, fresh produce that are medicine for our body – the superfoods. They help restore nutrition by providing us with concentrated doses of vitamins and minerals from the land and sea at a specific time of the year. I am a firm believer that nature provides us with seasonal fruits and vegetables for a...

Food: Perfect weather for hot pot soup

The recent humidity of hot days and cool means signals an ideal time to stay ahead of possible sickness with nutritiously spicy and medicinal soups. Most Asian cultures have long believed that drinking hot, spicy soups in humid weather helps to regulate body temperature to prevent sickness. Hot pot soups are thought to have originated in cold Mongolia nearly 1000 years ago, as its infantryman...

Food: Making pizza at home

One of the many new foods that households have learned to make at home since the COVID lockdown is pizza. Everybody loves pizza. No matter what age, who can resist the taste of melted cheese over a soft chewy dough basted in delicious sauce and toppings of choice. It is one of those foods that...

Fijian cuisine turns 50

Fiji Day has special meaning to local celebrity Chef Lance Seeto. Not only because the country is celebrating its 50th anniversary of Independence, but because 2020 has become a major turning point in the evolution of food in Fiji. “Food historians and aficionados will look back on this time as the single biggest catalyst for...

FOOD: Budget cooking at home series

Fresh fish and seafood prices have plummeted during the lockdown, especially in the West, because the demand for the tourism and resort industry has declined. The government lifting of the kawakawa ban during their spawning season is also a recognition that fresh fish is one of the abundant sources of food that Fiji is blessed...

Fiji’s first gastropub

One of the positive outcomes from the COVID-19 lockdown has been the exponential growth of food eateries throughout Fiji, especially in the Western Division, where unemployment is driving innovation. From food trucks, fl ea markets, to artisan providores and new cafes and restaurants, Fiji’s food evolution has accelerated during the global lockdown. With international tourism all but shut down, hospitality workers have been...

Tinned tuna – Chicken of the sea

Tinned tuna – how could we possibly live without the canned fish in the Pacific Islands – especially during a pandemic or recession. Once touted as “chicken of the sea” by US servicemen, it’s easy to see the appeal of tinned tuna over fresh fish – it’s convenient, less messy than cleaning a whole fish...

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