Welcome to my empanada world. I recently became obsessed with learning to make them, curled seal and all. The good news is, I tested the recipe three times (that's over 100 empanadas over 3 days... and none are left over), so if you stick with me you can easily develop an empanada obsession, too... Empanadas are a South American snack, and each country and region has their version and specialty. What I love about them is how easy it is to adapt a filling - whether sweet, or savory. I filled [Read more...]
...Without making a giant mess. I realize there are super savvy people who have the seeding and juicing of pomegranates all figured out, but up until yesterday I did not. I heard all about the super health benefits of pomegranates, but getting into these things is impossible. I bought one pomegranate a while ago, and after I was done popping all the seeds it looked like a bloodbath. And they stain. Oh, do they ever...
Here we go, a proper trip report! Our first stop in Costa Rica was the Ecolodge San Luis in Monteverde, operated by the University of Georgia, TX. It's a real-deal jungle research station where a few lucky students end their studies with a 6 month volunteer program. They have a few basic accommodations for tourists interested in what happens in such a place first hand. The nightly rate included the room, all meals, and activities like night jungle treks, bird watching, insect gathering and many, [Read more...]
Whoa... home. I mentioned earlier that I spent the holidays off the beaten track in Costa Rica, and I'm still gathering myself back to regular routine. It was a shock for my pasty winter body to arrive in the sweltering, life abounding, in-your-face tropics, and the reverse shock to return back. It was very healthy to get away and gain much needed perspective, and I think Greg and I both bettered ourselves as individuals. We're not moving to Costa Rica just yet, but seeing more of the [Read more...]
If you just joined, you must think this is a soup blog... Yes, I've been making lots of them in the past month, they photograph easily and I can do that the day after while we still have sun. It's dark here after 3pm these days, and makes for cozy cooking, but definitely not great photography sessions. This Sweet Potato and Roasted Peanut Soup is my last post for the year, and I hope you also stay away from the computer over the holidays, and enjoy some real unplugging, too. And eating [Read more...]
Is everyone ready for Christmas??? I hope you had a good year and are looking forward to this holiday break as much as I am. Traffic was quiet here on the blog for the first few months of the year, but the last quarter exceeded all of my expectations (which there were none to begin with). Thank you everyone for sharing, commenting and being so encouraging! I'm beginning to think that I can go somewhere with this, and seeing myself improve my writing and photography skills is [Read more...]
I'm going out on a limb here, because unless you're Eastern European, Polish Beet Soup soup might seem like acquired taste... Or maybe I think that because I fed it to an Asian friend once and he was so weirded out, I might as well fed him monkey brains (but he ate it to the last drop anyway...) It's soo worth going out and trying something new - because this soup is sweet, spicy and tangy. It doesn't seem like it, but if you eat it steaming hot, it warms you up and "sticks to your ribs" like [Read more...]