Happiness as Defiance in Bangladesh

According to the Happy Planet Index, Bangladesh ranks 8th among 140 countries. Just for comparison, the USA, where I live, ranks 108.  How is this possible that a place plagued by a high density of population, poverty, halting traffic, uncertainty and low life expectancy be so….happy? There seems to be no reason to be happy…

Eating at Home in Dhaka

This plate of food was one of the many delicious meals I enjoyed last week.  It has my favorites: tiny fish cooked with onions and peppers, daal/lentil, rice, shrimp with squash curry and mashed pumpkin (bharta). My plate is missing the small fried fish and the fried squash blossoms. None of this would be available…

Small adventures in my kitchen

I have always loved the bright red look of Kashmiri curries and last grocery visit I picked up some mild but vibrant Kashmiri red chili. I looked up a few recipes for Rista, a lamb meatball curry online because I had ground turkey sitting in the fridge waiting for me. Didn’t follow the recipe completely.…

Cooking With Essential Oils and the Blondeyogi

Thank you, blonde yogi, for cooking with me! We tried Beef Stew with Rose Mary Oil, DoTerra Winter White Chocolate with Cinnamon and Clove oil, and Toast with Wild Orange Butter. Here is what I learned from the experience: Oils are easiest to incorporate in beverages, hot or cold. The Winter White Hot Chocolate was…

Community Church Cookbooks…….

……show us a lot about the power of food to bring a community together. Someone had to collect the recipes, each named person wrote down and shared something from their table, someone typed the pages, someone organized the book, someone punched the holes, someone tied the yarn that bound the book….the book has recipes, scripture,…

Turkish Red Onion Salad

I want to remember this recipe because it was so light, bright and delicious. The recipe came from a Try the World Box. Remember it with me! The addition of Sumac made this otherwise plain Tilapia Fish Sandwich, Turkish. Although it was included in the box, you can get Sumac in any Middle Eastern or…

5 Food Lessons from Paris in June

Despite the sin of blogging an event weeks later, here I am. To me, my summer travels are still fresh and worth reliving, even if just to extend the trip a bit longer. Here are five lessons I learned. 1. Pastries, desserts, macarons are experiences of contradiction. Light and airy yet decadent and buttery. Sweets…

Sheet Caking is a Grassroots Movement

Food is a collective coping strategy. Funny. Sad. True. Maybe cake is the answer. I want to yell into a cake now. Feels cathartic. But, is it okay to be a silent non-violent protester? How do we confront violence, fear, hate? With violence? With indifference? With cake? How do we react and do differently, instead…

Pasta to and from Paris – American Airlines

See any differences? Chicago to Paris Paris to Chicago I thought the shapes (bread, pasta, crackers), sauce quantity, herbs, salad components and of course packaging were different. Same meal, different directions. Makes me go……..hmmmmmm. There is a lot of discussion about airplane food. Here are a few links you might enjoy. http://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/a9148/airplane-food/ http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/unsavory-airplane-food-truths/index.html http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/food-and-drink/photos/airplane-food Image…

Pierogi Fest 2017 – Second Visit

For parents of school age kids, like me, back to school marks the end of summer, even if days are still long and the weather warm. For us, school starts this Thursday. There is both sadness and relief. This Monday I find myself already looking back at summer. How does summer end for you? The…