Monday, July 11, 2016

Fiji Sale Groups

After two years with much of our stuff in storage I'm finally able to unpack and consolidate and realize that in some cases we have THREE of the same item (the Fiji household, the NY household, and the stuff that was in storage) I've heard that it's pretty easy to sell via Facebook, so I started joining sales groups. There are plenty to choose from! Here are the ones I've found. There are some that have the same names but are completely different groups. Happy Sales! 

  1. Best Deals Fijiwide
  2. Buy and Sell Fiji Importz
  3. Buy and Sell in Bula Style
  4. Buy And Sell in Fiji
  5. Buy and Sell in Fiji
  6. Buy and Sell in Fiji
  7. Buy and Sell in Fiji (Musical Instruments)
  8. Buy and Sell in Suva Central
  9. Buy N Sell (Fiji) 
  10. Buy N Sell in Suva
  11. Buying and Selling in Fiji
  12. Ebay Online (Fiji) 
  13. Fiji Buyers and Sellers
  14. Fiji Classifieds (Free)
  15. Fiji Computers and Mobile Phones
  16. Fiji Facebook Market
  17. Fiji for Free
  18. Fiji Shop
  19. Fiji Zone (Hot Online Sales)
  20. Fijian Trader
  21. Fiji's Best Deals - Buy or Sell
  22. Fiji's Clothes and Shoes (2nd Hand)
  23.  Free Ads, Buying & Selling Fiji
  24. Freecycle Suva Group
  25. Garage Sale Suva to Nausori
  26. Genuine Traders Fiji
  27. iPhone, Samsung HTC (Spidey)
  28.  iPhones Samsung HTC 
  29. Men, Women, Kids, Houseware 2nd-hand Items for Sale
  30. Mobile Buy and Sale Fiji
  31. Mobile Fones 4 Sale
  32. Mobile phones 4 sale (spidey)
  33. New n Second Hand Clothes, Bags, and Accessories for Sale
  34. Online Bargains - Fiji Islands
  35. Plus Size Lewas Nadi
  36. Plus Size Queens
  37. Suva Expats Market
  38. Totally Mums
  39. TradeMe Fiji

Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July in Fiji is the middle of winter

Overnight the weather went from cool and sunny to rainy and cold (by Fiji standards). After a weekend with no sunshine I wanted to celebrate USA's Independence Day, but mimosas didn't sound so good without bright sunshine. In talking to a friend about winters we'd experienced I mentioned how cold and wet my winter in Germany was, and how much we enjoyed Glühwein at the December Weihnachtsmarkt. Aha! There's my celebratory drink. I pulled a classic recipe off the web, and Fijified it.

German Glühwein aka Mulled wine

2 cups mandarin orange juice (probably about 8 Fiji mandarins)
1/2 cup white sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
3 (750 milliliter) bottles DRY red wine
1 (3 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Zest of one orange (optional - helpful if the beverage is too sweet)
1 cup orange juice (optional - helpful if the beverage is too sweet)


In a saucepan, combine the orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Remove the membranes from the peel of both halves of an orange. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place the studded peel in the simmering water.

Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.

Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fijiterian Chili

Growing up in Texas I turned my nose up at chili that had beans in it. Then, life happened. I went from hardly eating beans at all (yes Dad, I know you tried HARD to get me to eat frijoles, I guess I wasn't ready for it) to trying to get 4 ounces of beans in every meal. Yeah. Ain't life a kicker?

July in Fiji is the middle of winter, and I found myself wanting to nest and snuggle up with a warm bowl of chili. I fiddled around with some vegetarian recipes until I came up with this one. It uses unsweetened chocolate - 2 ounces of Abuelita's if you can find it, otherwise any unsweetened cocoa powder will do, just add in some cinnamon. Since I can't find Abuelita's here, the recipe just has unsweetened cocoa powder listed.  

Fijiterian Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon ground cumin/jeera
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 pound eggplant, peeled and cubed (or a pound of browned and drained beef mince)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cubes vegetable bouillon
1 cup water
2 (15 oz) cans of your favorite beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup corn starch (optional)
1 cup cold water (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in uncovered pressure cooker over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, and garlic. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the diced eggplant. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.

Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder, cocoa powder, and bouillon cubes. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Add one cup water.

Close cover securely; place pressure regulator on vent pipe. Bring pressure cooker to full pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high; cook for 30 minutes. Pressure regulator should maintain a slow steady rocking motion; adjust heat if necessary.

Remove pressure cooker from heat; use quick-release following manufacturer's instructions or allow pressure to drop on its own.

Open cooker and add corn. If chili is thin, add 1/4 cup corn starch mixed with cold water. If chili is too thick, add water to thin. Stir to blend and heat through before serving.

My recommendation? Make it today and put it in the fridge, serve it tomorrow. The flavors just get better overnight.