Truly once-in-a-lifetime

I am very aware of and appreciate this amazing life I have, living and working around the globe, experiencing once-in-a-lifetime moments more than once in my lifetime.  Trekking to find the mountain gorillas in Uganda this month, I believe, was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.   Firstly, we went with my sister and her husband, which…

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Risotto…or is it?!

Each country we live in comes with new ways to explore food.  I love to cook and enjoy finding what grows locally with each season.  Fiji brought the joys of fresh fish and coconuts and tropical fruits but with limited lettuce greens.  Now in Rwanda our days of fresh tuna are over but access to locally…

All the ‘lasts’ of Fiji

Packing up and moving countries is always a stressful time, no matter how often I have gone through the process or how organized in advance I plan to be.  I am a check- lists-and-plans kind of girl but there are always last minute papers to sign, accounts to close, documents to save and various sequencing events to…

Living in Limbo: Hong Kong

Limbo:  “An uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition”. Not to be confused with the Limbo (dance), which is quite a bit more fun but also requires a certain level of flexibility. While awaiting the “decision/ resolution” to move from the Fiji Islands to Rwanda, my time of living-…

Heaps of Aubergines!

With eggplant (or aubergine or brinjal or garden egg) growing in abundance in Fiji, and sold in the market for only $2 FJD a heap, I am always looking for new ways to use this delicious, nutritious and healthy fruit (yes it's fruit!). A few of my recent favourite recipes are this delicious eggplant shakshuka…

The Kingdom & The Queen (of the ocean!)

Living in Fiji has given us a unique chance to easily explore the South Pacific, or at least some of it.  With many magical and exotic places to explore, the Kingdom of Tonga has been on our wish list.  What we were most excited about was to experience the migration of the humpback whale, where…

Mini Canada or New Zealand?!

As I travel, I make an effort to adapt to my new surroundings.  I don't do this because I am trying to be someone else, I will always remain truly me.  I do it because I feel I learn and grow more by being an integral part of a new place, not just a visitor.  I try not to…

In the Pantry

Living abroad for over 16 years has taught me how to adapt.  One important lesson in adaptability has been, going without.  Going without things that I took for granted living and growing up in Canada and were a part of my daily routine.  By going without and not moaning about what I couldn't get in…

La Dolce Vita

A recent trip to Italy renewed my joy of all things decadent and effortless. My husband and I went in the heat of summer. The style, the landscape, the architecture and the attitude oozed romance and glamour. Things were just as they should be. Italians gazed at me with lazy eyes through their classic Pradas,…