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Saturday, August 09, 2003

Fishy weekend. On Saturday we made our way again to the best seafood market in Suva that we know off, Cakaudrove and got some nice MahiMahi and fresh Prawns (Shrimps) ... We were too late to get some nice Tuna (only frozen).

The MahiMahi we made last night, we had Edo and Marly over for dinner. I used the same marinade as from the Tuna recipes earlier, only that this time I had the chillies the recipe was suggesting. Turned out nice again. Desert was cheesecake.

I just finished peeling the prawns and will later do them with garlic and white wine.

Weather is pretty much the same, raining from time to time, nicely "cold".

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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Yesterday morning it was raining, but the sun was shining ... thus we got a nice rainbow!

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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

so .. how is the online crisis going on? Well .. I got my ISDN back! Yesterday Rakesh from connect came (though it is actually Telecom's responsibility. Great initiative on connect's part) to try out a different modem, and tadaaa, it worked, so .. Modem kaputt. I called telecom for a new modem, took the till today 1:30 PM to get it here.

Last night we watched Das Experiment. I sure was surprised to find a german movie at the video place here (and with chinese subtitles :) . The movie is losely based on the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment and it was quite a gripping movie.

Food was not that great, I tried a lemon pepper chicken with fries .. and .. well, Ritsu liked it, I was not that happy about it.

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Sunday, August 03, 2003

And when you think it can hardly get any worse, you receive an email, well, basically an email you sent is bouncing back with that charming link in it, which basically says "as long as we do not know your ISP, you cannot send any emails anymore to our customers" ... is that great or what ... I wonder how long that takes until it is resolved ... if the ISP here knows what to do about it.

ON A VERY POSITIVE NOTE !!!! I just got a call from telecom, and they are crediting me for all 'internet' calls I have done so far which has been overcharged as 'local' calls .... now, that went great ... so, it seems I stick with ISDN for now.

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So, yesterday we went to see Whale Rider, the story of a 12 year old New Zealand girl who has to fight with tradition. Her twin brother would have been the next chief, but died at birth, so did her mom, now, her grandfather cannot accept that the next firstborn in his line is a girl.

The movie is very impressive and I recommend it. But it is not the usual hollywood fare. Sorry, no space ships or CGI ... but if there is a spark of curiousity in the Maori culture, then this movie is a great feat.

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Happy Sunday everyone and things are getting even worse ... this morning my 153 GB external HardDrive decided to play Hide&Seek ... meaning I cannot access 153GB of my data ... the drive is there .. but does not allow any access ... and without being able to do online research, I have no clue on how to fix this ...

So, now I finally get online after dialing a bazillion times .. and for reasons unknown I cannot send out email (including those help-emails to several user groups) ... I am going crazy here !!!

But on a nice side, I made a really nice fish dish yesterday with superfresh tuna ...

Ok, here the recipe, loosely adapted from Gina Steer's Cookbook: "Modern Grill Pan Cooking" which Ritsu scored cheap at a recent RoC market (local flea-market). First of all, we do not have a grill pan :) It was on our wedding registry, but I think thanks to the weight, no one picked that one ... but we have a great George Foreman Grill! yeah.

Grilled Tuna with Mango Salsa
First get the freshest Tuna steaks you can lay your hands on ... and marinade them in a mix of:

  • 150 ml coconut milk
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass (chopped)
  • 2 finely chopped green serrano chillies
  • 50 ml of mango or fruit juice
  • 1 Teaspoon of Paprika powder

let at least marinade for 30 minutes in the fridge, spoon over marinade from time to time.

Good time to prepare the salsa:

  • 1 small ripe mango, peeled, stoned and finely diced (since mango is not in season I used papaya, worked just as great)
  • 2-4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped (be very careful what you touch after handling these with your bare hands, taking out contact lenses may be a bad bad idea)
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp clear honey, warmed (so it is more liquid and easier to work with, use microwave!)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander (or cillantro or danha, whatever it is called in your part of the world)

Give the salsa 30 minutes in the fridge for the flavors to mingle.
The recipe calls for a bed of sweet potatoes, but Ritsu just had sweet potatoes every day on the solomons, so I served regular potatoes instead.

Grill the fish just 3-4 minutes, it should be still rare inside, serve on lettuce and top with salsa. And this is what it looks like.

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