Food in Fiji is a hot topic at the moment – with some of the finest chefs hitting Fiji’s resorts and islands, creating all things yum! Chefs are finding innovative ways of using fresh local produce and traditional recipes (infused by Fiji’s cultural influence) in contemporary style food. I had the pleasure of tasting some of their delights while I was over recently and thought what better way to re-create a memory than through food!

DSC_1016Above: Vomo Island Resort and a sample of Vomo’s lunch menu – Photos by Bula Bride.
 

So I’ll be sharing with recipes from the Chefs of Fiji and first up with have a delightful chilled soup by Chef Erwin of Vomo Island Resort – a favourite amongst the guests! It maybe be winter but soup of any kind is always satisfying. Enjoy!

GAZPACHO VERDE (GREEN GAZPACHO)

Ingredients

2 cups honeydew melon, diced
2 cups English cucumber, unpeeled, diced
2 cups ripe avocado, diced
½ cup green capsicum, diced
½ cup white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons flat parsley, chopped
1 cup white bread cubes (no crust), diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
water
Salt and pepper, to taste

Procedure

1. Combine everything and allow to marinate for an hour.
2. Blend and adjust the consistency with water.
3. Season to taste.
4. Serve very cold.

Garnish

Croutons, diced green vegetables, chopped parsley and/or extra virgin olive oil

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You can find more of Chef Erwin’s reciepes via his blog > http://cheferwin.wordpress.com