Continuing our conversation with Ava, this week about what’s up at her house.
Pamela: So where do you call home these days, Ava?
Ava: I rooming with Rashidi.
Pamela: Rooming or living with?
Ava: Renting from. With my daughter Lily.
Pamela: How is old is Lily now?
Ava: She make one year soon. And she already walking.
Pamela: Does she sing?
Ava: She try. No clear words yet.
Pamela: Can we see some pictures?
Ava: I keep Lily private. But I show you her room. And some of the house.
Ava: It a little manly, but gorgeous.
Pamela: Is it on the beach?
Ava: Looking over the water, from a hillside. Irie.
Pamela: Love it! Is Lily eating solid foods?
Ava: She is. She love fish and fungi. Especially fungi.
Pamela: Fish and what?
Ava: Fungi. Say it like foon-ji.
Pamela: Foon-ji. What is it?
Ava: Fish, vegetables, cornmeal. If you grow up in the Virgin Islands, it like the national dish.
Pamela: Can we put that recipe below?
Ava: Yah mon.
Pamela: Any other favorite recipes to share? I hear you make a mean rum Painkiller.
Ava: For true. They sneak up on you. Sure, I give you that one, too.
Pamela: Last thing. Every time we have a literary guest, we ask them to pick a book club question from the website for everyone to answer, and then we give your answer (and mine) the following week. Have you picked a question?
Ava: Yah, this one from Earth to Emily, even though I in the Katie & Annalise books, too. “How did you feel about the re-entrance of Ava into Emily’s life?” And I know what the answer should be. (Harrumphs)
Pamela (laughing): I’ll have fun with this one. Thanks for coming Ava. Tell Rashidi hi for us.
Ava: That Rash a lady killer. No need making it worse. Thanks for having me.
Virgin Islands Fish and Fungi
Mix 2 parts orange juice, 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part Coco Lopez, and 1 part rum in a blender. Serve over ice sprinkled with nutmeg. Drink at your own risk. You welcome.