CCC Rarotonga

Singing hymns and swinging hips in Rarotonga

We’re not what exactly what you’d call regular churchgoers. And by not regular I actually mean never. But in an effort to immerse ourselves into Rarotonga’s local culture, and out of respect for the local and their beliefs, we’ve found ourselves bathing in the glow of stained-glass in a pretty whitewashed church on a sunny […] Read more…

Happy kids in Raro

By Hook or by Cook – Cook Islands with kids

The best place, in my humble opinion, to start uncovering the real spirit of a new destination is via its local markets and we’re lucky to have arrived in Rarotonga early enough on a Saturday morning that we can join the locals for a stroll around Raro’s weekly Punanga Nui Markets. It is here that Sugarpuff thirstily […] Read more…

Oman Byriani recipe

Omani style chicken byriani

Yearning for another bite of unforgettable Muscat, we’re attempting to recreate the dish Raffles most enjoyed on our holiday, an Omani style Chicken Byriani, or ByriOmani (as he calls it). It’s a great dish to add to our repertoire and is reasonably uncomplicated (at least compared to a Souffle). In fact it’s so easy that we […] Read more…

Black risotto

Pirates of Dubrovnik // crni rižot

“Land Ahoy” shouts Raffles, between a volley of “Arrhhs’ and “Yo ho ho’s”. As you do when sailing in to Dubrovnik’s Old Town on a timber galleon. The tiny traveller is convinced it is a real life pirate ship and, in a strange twist, it would appear the skipper concurs – proffering my small swashbuckler a feathered pirate […] Read more…

kids sushi recipe

Turning Japanoise // salmon sushi

I often wonder if the crazy kids at Casa Conception (the IVF clinic responsible for the existence of both my beautiful babies) didn’t add a drop or two of some random international DNA in the embryonic cocktail shaker. You know, for shits and giggles. That’s the only explanation I can come up for my four-year […] Read more…

latkes with salmon recipe

Living la vida latke

“Mama, what is a dreidel?” asks Raffles, a little belatedly given that he’s been singing The Dreidel Song on loop for the last several days. Good question, little man, and great timing too as it’s the most dreidelest time of the year. But first a little background. Just like Christmas, Hanukkah – The Jewish Festival […] Read more…

all tied up in knots over our wedding day.

There’s a hole in my bucket list

“Mama, what’s a bucket list?” asked Raffles after hearing someone drop the ubiquitous phrase in conversation. Which is how I found myself introducing Raffles to the concept of a “Bucket List” without sharing its more morbid connotations (something I’m not even remotely equipped to explain away to a four-year old).   To save myself from THAT […] Read more…

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