Month: April 2016
Guam and Northern Marianas a few tiny dots in the middle of the ocean. Famous for being close to the Mariana Trench which is the deepest part of ocean anywhere in the world! Scientists say there are so many fish and other sea creatures that are undiscovered. Guam’s economy survives on Japanese tourists who come to visit these exquisite dreamy tropical islands! As Micronesia’s most populous island, Guam is about as ‘cosmopolitan’ as it gets in the middle of the ocean.
Some people are against it since the shopping malls are everywhere and the traditional Chamorro language is barely spoken on the islands. But then again if you think about it it’s kind of amazing, shopping malls in the middle of the ocean!
Things you didn’t know about Guam:
- Guam has the tallest mountain in the world 11 277,6 meters! Mount Lamlam is 1,332 feet above sea level. But thanks to the Marianas Trench (the deepest part of all the world’s ocean), it’s underground base becomes the greatest change of elevation on Earth compared to the height of Mt. Everest.
- Brown Tree Snakes are pests to Guam. They are not indigenous to Guam. It has been theorized that they stowed away on ships from Australia and Indonesia and sneaked their way onto the shores of Guam. Since they are not naturally from Guam, they do not have any predators. Therefore killing Brown Tree Snakes is socially accepted, so if you see someone smashing a snake it is considered normal.
- Guam is part of the USA!!! I never knew this. It’s closer to the Philippines then to US but still it’s part of the USA.
The 2 main islands of Guadeloupe are separated by a 50 meter width sea channel. Although 50 meters doesn’t seem that much the landscape of the 2 islands is completely different. Grand Terre in the East consists mainly of limestone with long magnificent beaches. It has a dry climate and is the centre of the tourist industry. Meanwhile Basse Terre is a mountainous island with extensive rainforests. So close and yet sooo different. The volcano La Grande Soufrière towers over Base Terre and is 1600m, it is the highest point in the Eastern Caribbean. Guadeloupe has the highest standard of living in the entire Caribbean.
Things you didn’t know about Guadeloupe:
- The famous dance of the island is called the biguine, which is still performed in traditional colourful Creole dress.
- Guadeloupe boasts some of the best diving sites in the world thanks to the crystal clear waters, wonderful coral, stunning wildlife and captivating ship wrecks!
- The people in Guadeloupe call their country Karukera, which means butterfly in Creole
I think this is literally the easiest recipe I ever made! It takes time to marinate yes. But no effort at all!
Ingredients: 12 jumbo uncooked shrimp, deveined, coarsely chopped, juice of 2 limes, 2 avocados, peeled and cubed, 4 small white onions, peeled and minced, ¼ cup coconut milk, chives (chopped), salt and pepper
- In a bowl, combine lime juice and shrimp. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator, 2 hours.
- Prior to serving, stir avocado and onion into shrimp mixture.
- Drizzle with coconut milk and garnish with chives. Serve.
Grenada, Spice Island! It is said you can basically smell the nutmeg in the air everywhere you go. And it could be called the Fruit Island for the luscious bounty growing in the green hills. Then again it could be called the Beach Island for the idyllic sandy strands. Yes Grenada is another of those oh so dreamy destinations, you would go to in a heartbeat is someone offert you a ticket. I haven’t been there but like sooooo many other countries, it’s on my list!
Things you didn’t know about Grenada:
- Being on the southern edge of where hurricanes usually pass through, Grenada has only experienced three hurricanes in the last 50 years.
- Grenada has an underwater sculpture park! Divers and snorkelers can visit it! The sculptures of this underwater gallery very much reflect Grenada’s culture.
- The French arrived in Grenada on 20th June 1650 and got engaged in a bloody campaign to take control of the island from the Caribs. After an unsuccessful attack on the fort of St. George, the Carib were chased by the French to a steep sea side cliff. Once there, the Carib saw that they had no escape and jumped into the sea below. All those who jumped perished and that point got named ‘Le Morne des Sauteurs’ or ‘Jumpers Hill’.
Ingredients: 2 pounds lamb shoulder (boneless and cubed), 1 large onion, diced small, ½ cup finely diced chile peppers, 1 bunch scallions (chopped), 3 tablespoons curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 can chicken stock, 1 can coconut milk, limes (for garnish) ,chopped cilantro (for garnish)
- Combine lamb, onion, peppers, scallions, curry, salt and pepper together and toss to coat meat and vegetables with spices. Pour into a covered container or Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight.
- After meat has marinated for 12-24 hours, heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the meat and vegetable mixture and brown for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more, then pour in stock and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook until very tender and thickened, about 2-3 hours. Adjust seasoning by adding more salt or curry powder as desired.
- Serve over fragrant rice and garnish with limes and cilantro.
The world’s biggest noncontinental island with the world’s smallest population. Which place can it be? Greenland of course! reenland is not a cheap destination, but few places combine such magnificent scenery, such clarity of light and such raw power of nature. With few roads to be found under the snow you only transportation options are helicopter, dogsled, ski, snow scooter, or boat. Which makes it very expensive, unless you want to travel by foot, but it’s not recommended! The Greenlanders are a blend of the people of the traditional Inuit population and Danish blood. Greenland. Greenland is actually a part of Denmark, but you probably knew that already 😉
Thing you didn’t know about Greenland:
- It’s called Greenland because the Viking, Erik the Red, desired to colonize it and lure people from Europe to the island. He was a liar… It’s not green. (Imagine the disappointment!!)
- The ice sheet covering 2/3 of the island is over 2 km thick.
- The suicide rate is very high, and Greenlanders have a problem with alcohol consumption as well.
- According to the legend, Qivitoqs are half-dead half-alive as strong as animals who roam the land at night. Sounds creepy doesn’t it? Kind of like zombies?
- There are few land mammals in Greenland: polar bear, reindeer, arctic fox, wolf, arctic hare, musk ox and stoat and all in all around 500 plant species.
Looking for a perfect weeknight meal with fish. then this is amazing. it’s quick, easy and delicious!