Merry Gingerbread Winners!

2012 christmas eve dinner

Ho, ho, ho! The time has finally come! We're beyond excited to announce the winners of this year's Gingerbread for Peace Competition. Every year I love looking at your beautiful creations. You and your power over icing never cease to amaze me... which is why, if it were up to me, you'd all win. Truly, truly. And that, my friends, is why I enlist the help of an amazing panel of judges. With that said, I'd like to thank our sweet judges, who have the tough (impossible!) job of rating the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: São Tomé and Príncipe

Our children grow up frittata fast. They start out little bitty eggs, get whipped up into a froth (by our mad parenting skills, no doubt), and then poured into a pan... ready for the oven (a.k.a. the world). We turn around for ten minutes, and when our gaze next falls upon them, they are a ... frittata... nothing like the little round egg we started out with. Our hearts break a little (partly because we're proud of how far they've come, and partly because we'll always miss the baby they once … [Read more...]

Recipe: Weeknight Cod Fish Feijoada

One of our readers, Annabelle, suggested we try today's Cod Fish Feijoada. This filling, yet healthy Portuguese stew made it's way to the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe during colonization. Things have evolved quite a bit since then. While most Feijoada's involve black beans (even as far away as the one we made for Brazil), the islanders favor this white bean version and make it with readily available fish (and sometimes pork). The entire principal is a slow-cooked, tender meal full of … [Read more...]

Recipe: Easy Banana Mousse with Chocolate Curls

When I first read that bananas are popular in West Africa's island country São Tomé and Príncipe, I envisioned them eaten raw on the surf-swept beaches... or perhaps sold battered and fried with a cloud of powdered sugar. While all this certainly does happen, I never imagined I'd see them folded inside of a fluffy mousse, decked out with indulgent curls of dark chocolate. But I'm sure glad I did. In my reading I learned that this mousse could be made any number of ways - with or … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sweet Potato Frittata

Ava grabbed the small, purple step stool and placed it squarely in front of the kitchen counter. She's gone through a growth spurt lately and yet my little girl still stands on her tippy toes to see into the mixing bowl. On days like today, when I see her eyes peep over the top of the bowl and grow wide with delight, I hope she never grows up. With quick jabs of her whisk, she pops the yolks and helps stir together the frittata mixture. In the background we hear the delicous sizzle of … [Read more...]

Menu: São Tomé and Príncipe (with Giveaway)


Ava's never been a big fan of bananas, but when I told her we were eating mousse for dessert this week, she giggled. Loud. Like a startled bird. The holidays are in full swing; her three year-old brain clearly imagined something like this... Thankfully, moose is not an option in São Tomé and Príncipe, but mousse is. And so, without further ado, I'd like to share our menu. Each item has been selected with the holiday crazies in mind: they require few ingredients and come together in … [Read more...]

About the food of São Tomé and Príncipe

Fishing boats in Sao Tome & Principe. Photo by Bdickerson.

Are you slightly offbeat? Do you prefer to stand out from the crowd, preferably while eating chocolate?  São Tomé and Príncipe is just the place for you. These two tropical islands, just over 372 square miles combined, are home to an amazing amount of plants and animals that have developed into their own, exotic form. These spectacular critters are literally found nowhere else in the world. The cocoa covered islands have guaranteed that they evolve in isolation - think of it as a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: San Marino

Neighbors. I'd already planned on talking about neighbors last week, but when the grief of Newtown, Connecticut struck, I realized how much more urgently this message needs to be said. Abe Lincoln called the people of San Marino his "Great and Good Friends," despite being separated by an entire continent. There was such tenderness in his words, but this particular weekend they struck me hard. Why? Because so few of us know anything about the people who live in our very neighborhoods, … [Read more...]