Moyyan, House by the Sea, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Tropical flowers outside the spa

Very close to our accommodation in Espiritu Santo is a boutique resort, Moyyan, House by the Sea.  Owned and operated by Australians, I understand the word, ‘Moyyan’ is an Aboriginal word meaning, ‘Camp by the Sea’. And nothing could be more true of Moyyan as it is certainly, within a few metres of the sea.  […]

Dining at a Chinese Restaurant in Espiritu Santo

Entrance to one-half of the restaurant

The population of Espiritu Santo is between 30-40,000 people.  As such the town of Luganville is fairly small and basically just one main street barely stretching 100mtrs in length.  So finding a myriad of dining options in the town isn’t possible. We had heard of the Chinese restaurant and been told it has to be […]

Mangoes Resort and Restaurant, Port Vila

Wouldn't mind a swim

When we woke up at The Terrace Apartments, we were looking for breakfast. Right next door and apparently managed by the same couple, is Mangoes Resort and Restaurant. We wandered down the hill and walked into the restaurant that is surrounded by tropical gardens.  As the outdoor tables had been set for couples, we sat […]

The Terraces Boutique Apartments, Vanuatu

Drew enjoying an early morning swim.

We arrived in Port Vila quite late in the evening.  Even later by the time our baggage was sighted.  We found our way to the taxi rank and boarded two taxis for the short journey to The Terraces.  The taxis cost AUS$25.00 each and the chaps were very friendly and helpful and offered to pick […]

Flying Air Vanuatu

Fresh air

After flying to Brisbane with Qantas where Alfie was disappointed he didn’t have a personal screen, I foolishly consoled him by advising that once we boarded the international flight for Vanuatu, he would have his own screen. Wrong. As too was my belief that when flying overseas you’re given slightly more leg room than when […]

Up, Up and Away to Vanuatu

It’s annual vacation time and we’re heading up, up and away for a couple of weeks. You might remember that last year we went on a Pacific Treasures Cruise around the South-Pacific Islands.  We loved it so much we thought we’d book the same holiday again however, when we looked at the itinerary we noticed […]

A Christening Cake

Topped with a teddy bear

A few days after Christmas we had the Christening of Em’s little boy, Freddie.  The Christening had been delayed to allow for it to be in Sydney and so sadly, he had outgrown the Christening gown that has been in our family for five generations.  But he did look very smart in a white shirt […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey Breasts in Herb Butter

Drizzled with pan juices and ready to serve

In December I hosted a dinner party where I cooked turkey breasts that had been brined, then had a herb butter rubbed under the skin, then wrapped in prosciutto to be roasted, then drizzled with a little maple syrup while being allowed to rest. I’ve decided this is the best way to cook turkey.  It […]

Dark-Chocolate and Sour-Cherry Panforte

Dark-chocolate and sour-cherry panforte

One of the other Christmasy treats I made this season was this Sienese panforte.  I made this to serve after the Balmoral Carols when we were all back at our house and looking for something sweet to enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of red. I do love panforte as it’s not […]

In My Kitchen, January 2015

There's a very nervous look in Rosie's eye

Happy New Year to all my readers! I can’t believe we’re into another year or even that it’s time for another IMK post but there you go! December was an absolutely massive month for me as I’m sure it was for so many of you and I still feel very much caught up in the […]