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Street food is some of my favourite, especially when I’m traveling. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a city’s culture and meet some local foodies.
Ramen in Tokyo, Tacos in Puerto Vallarta, Crepes in Paris, Nasi Goreng in Bali, Borscht in East Berlin and, my favourite, Water Rat Satay in Bangkok — I’ve been contentedly stuffing myself at vendors’ carts and open air markets all over the world for 25 years. Continue reading
Despite my flying thoughts, I couldn’t help smiling as my fingers sealed a crumble of fresh cheese and sweet olive oil and Genovese onions into a pastry crust. The cramped little kitchens were humming like a beehive, the apprentices were working like hired mules, and I imagined I could hear the murmur of guests upstairs: the whisper of expensive silks, the peal of laughter from a happy bride. The clink of fine glasses, the crunch as salted nuts and honeyed dates and morsels of Ligurian cheese disappeared into the mouths of cardinals and wedding guests and bridegroom alike. The oohs and aahs that went up as the roast peacock, my roast peacock, came swaying in at last on the backs of two serving men, proud and feathered and sweet-cooked and not at all looking like it had been whipped together in a quarter of the time it needed (at least if you didn’t look too close).
Kate Quinn, The Serpent and the Pearl (Chapter One – Carmelina)
A quick post here, just so you all know nothing bad has happened.
On the contrary! Things are good at Casa Vittles these days. The weather has stayed good, we’ve been eating lots of fresh food, and the harvest keeps coming in! (It’s great to have generous neighbours with green thumbs.)
I feel like I’ve neglected IV recently, though, (I’ve got this new thing I’m working on that I’m really excited about, but it’s taking most of my time), so I wanted to take a few minutes to share this simple, but very tasty meal we had for dinner last night. Continue reading
I came to Denmark for a family reunion on my mom’s side. After a week on my own in Copenhagen, I met up with my mom, brother and niece for the short journey to the Jutland Peninsula to join the rest of our clan.
We had a wonderful weekend renewing ties with about seventy members from our large extended family, but when Sunday came it was time to move on. The four of us hopped in our rental car and followed my mom’s cousin, Brigitte, and her husband Henning a few hours north to their summer house, close to the small town of Vejlby on the west coast. Continue reading