Famed as the “World’s Longest Beach,” Chennai’s Marina Beach, is alive long before the sun rises, a sandy village awakening. The sea brings all people in all forms for ritual feedings of a million pigeons, a fury of tangled nets and surprise catches, variable goodie bags of sea-life. However, when the sun is high the beaches of Tamil Nadu become largely abandoned. Unlike most of the world’s beaches, it’s clock set a little to the left of center and for good reason. In the heat of the day fisherman and locals scamper... Read The Rest →
The holidays are over, but we all know that fruitcake lasts forever.
Whenever the twined-stems of these beauties peer out of a box at the market, I jump to buy a bundle. Both beautiful and slightly deceiving, this prickly fruit- sliced open- yields the most aromatic pearl-like flesh. When I first ate these I was a small child, I was indulged eat a local Chinese restaurant that our family frequented. A rarity in the Pacific Northwest, we savored the flesh and marveled at the shiny seeds left behind, dreaming of planting and growing our own bunches. Fast forward to India a... Read The Rest →
I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween and survived the sweetness, both visual and otherwise. My thoughts are beginning to drift off to a more relaxing weekend. Sleeping in a little, drinking coffee sitting down and snacking on something a little less sugary. I love scones and I love that they are sweet enough to satisfy, but not so much to ruin dreams of dessert after dark. This is one of my favorite recipes, uncovered while we were living in Brazil, and happens to be just perfect with my favorite... Read The Rest →
Fridays get me thinking about the weekend and food and soul recovery from a long week of work. I always begin dreaming of the weekend dishes I’ll make with the treasures I find at our farmers market stop on Saturday morning…and the downtime. This was a twist on a classic recipe I tried a few weeks back: Chicken noodle soup with vegetables, orecchiette pasta and wilted kale.