Recipe: Boiled Lobster


Serves 1-2 Cooking a live lobster can be intimidating, but take it one step at a time and you'll have a delicious dinner in no time! Please note this was my first time cooking a live lobster and is written in the hopes of preparing other first-timers for both the process and the emotions involved. Ingredients: 1 lobster (about 2 lbs) salt Method: First, come to terms with what is about to happen. I had a hard time with this step. I stood like this for several minutes. I was … [Read more...]

Recipe: Vanilla-Shallot Dipping Butter


makes 1/2 cup This rich dipping butter has warm vanilla undertones, mellow onion/garlic flavor from the shallot, and a bright acid note from the white wine. Recipe inspired by the New York Times. Ingredients: 1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter 1 shallot, minced (about 1/4 cup) 1/3 cup white wine 1/2 vanilla bean, split salt pepper Serve with Boiled Lobster Method: Melt a tab or two of butter over medium heat. Add shallots and cook. Shallots are incredible. I don't think I've … [Read more...]

Menu: Comoros, Congo, and Democratic Republic of Congo


What are you in the mood for? Because, this week, we probably have it on the menu.  Choose between lobster or goat, mushrooms or plantains, a vegetarian sandwich or fish. While Keith gets nervous seeing all these options, I smile from ear to ear with gratitude. After all, dinner was so boring this time last year. COMOROS Lobster [Recipe] with Vanilla-Shallot Dipping Butter [Recipe] Fresh lobster boiled and served with warm butter seasoned with shallot and fresh vanilla bean. Comorian … [Read more...]

About the food of Comoros, the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo


I've been known to do things out of order. Once in a while I'll  even eat my dessert before dinner. Well... this week I mistakenly skipped the entire country of Comoros. I had no idea. My head was in the clouds.  I did all my shopping on Friday and spent Saturday cooking the Congo (with what limited time Ava's nap allows, anyway). Our Congolese meal was barely over when I decided to crack open my atlas to see what country was next. And thus, my error revealed itself. I'm a wee little bit … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Colombia


"What's a poached egg" Mr Picky asked me. "Hold on a second," I said, cracking the crooked egg into a dish. The egg was laid just two days ago from our friend's chicken. Hence it was crooked. The yolk was brilliant gold... almost orange. I thought about how runny the yolk would be after poaching. How creamy and delicious. And I thought about how much Mr Picky hates runny eggs. Or claims he hates them. After all, I've never seen him eat a runny egg yolk, so who knows if he's ever actually … [Read more...]

Recipe: Colombian Oatmeal Smoothie (Avena)


Makes 1 liter of "concentrate" Sweet and thick oatmeal drink can be made ahead for stress-free (and kid-friendly) brunch. Simply thin with extra milk before serving. Ingredients: 1/2 cup oatmeal 4 cups milk (plus extra for thinning drink) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon Method: Heat milk in a large pot. Bring to a simmer... Add oatmeal. I used "3 minute" Irish oatmeal. Season with a big dollop of cinnamon. Smells like autumn joy. Then add sugar - white … [Read more...]

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dressing (Vinagreta de Aguacate)


Makes about 1 cup Thick and rich, this dressing will add South American flavor to any salad. Also, try it as a dip. Ingredients: 2 avocados 2 limes, juiced 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil (or to taste) salt pepper 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro Method: Scoop the flesh of two ripe avocados into a blender. These ones were so ripe, they were buttery-good. Add the juice of of two limes. There's no substitute for the tart zing of lime juice. And a healthy pinch … [Read more...]

Recipe: Coca Cola Rice (Arroz con Cola)


Serves 2-4 Ahhh... nothing like a nice glass of cola. But what about in rice? The slightly sweet taste will leave you begging for more, especially when served with spicy food (as is common in Colombia). Ingredients: olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup rice 1 cup broth or water 1 cup cola salt pepper Method: Add a little oil to a small pot. Olive oil makes the world go round. Heat over medium and add chopped onion. Stir and cook for about five minutes. Once they are … [Read more...]