Monday Meal Review: Kiribati


THE SCENE I wanted our Kiribati Global Table to go perfectly. I had visions of something out of Norman Rockwell. Loving family, smiles all around, big appetites. My two year-old eating $35/lb lobster and loving it. Yeah, right. "Ava, you want some lobster? It's like... fish." "Uhuh" she said. The first bite went in. Is it good? "Uhuh." Approximately 13.3 seconds later she spit it out. "Weird." I died a little inside. That teeny bite probably cost $5.50. Okay, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sweet Coco Pumpkin with Pandan Leaves


If you've been to the grocery store lately you've seen it. Mounds and mounds of pumpkins. They're bright fire orange, forest green, haystack yellow, cloud white, and even sorceress gray. Some are bumpy and some are flat out gnarly. They're all saying hello, strutting their stuff, hoping you'll take them home. Every year I take a few more home than the year before. I can't help it. I like the teeny weeny ones best. The kind Ava can practically palm in her small 2 year-old hand. I also like to … [Read more...]

Spam you very much! (w/ poll)


The thing about living on a coral atol with no good soil, waaaaay out in the middle of the Pacific ocean is ... well, you're a wee bit stuck when it comes to what you can and cannot eat. Bottom line, if nothing grows where you live, then breakfast, lunch and dinner all begin to take on the same appearance: Which is okay, since fish is the bees knees. And, as for breadfruit - it apparently smells like freshly baked bread - and pandanus fruit is said to be very sweet and juicy; they both … [Read more...]

Recipe: Roasted Lobster Tails with Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce


We're all friends here, right? I need to tell you something important. I'm learning to step out of my comfort zone. Not just once in a while. Once a day. It's scary but also rewarding. Sometimes, though, you can take too big a step. I'm learning that baby steps are better. Let me put this into context for you. Deciding whether or not to make this recipe caused quite the dilemma. You see, the last time I made lobster was traumatic. Have you ever made live lobster? It's stressful. It … [Read more...]

Menu: Kiribati


What is it about Wednesday's? They're such a transitional day. A day when the weekend is too far away. From both sides. Listen, I want to tell you a secret. Although I like people, I'm rather shy. I don't do a good job of being myself around new friends. Sometimes I trip and other times spill things on myself. ¬†Sometimes it happens all at once. Kiribati is a new friend. I'm trying hard not to trip. I hope you'll understand if I take it slow. We're getting our feet wet with two dishes in … [Read more...]

About the food of Kiribati

Inspiration for our Global Gingerbread Contest? The Former Kiribati House of Assembly. Photo by Roisterer

Every country has a distinct personality. Think of Kiribati as a distant relative - one you might not have even known existed. And I don't mean your grouchy Aunt Lola. Nope. I mean an upbeat and exotic cousin - one that somehow also manages to exude simplicity and thrift.¬†At her most basic, Kiribati's a hodge podge of 33 teeny weeny coral atolls in Oceania. Translation? Kiribati's landmass is so small that "island" is not an appropriate way to describe her situation (although the grouping … [Read more...]