Recipe: Burmese Ginger Salad (Gin Thoke)

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If we can't open our hearts to the "weird" things in life, we're not living fully. The girl who wears rain boots in the snow. The man that studies a bustling ant hill for an hour. The child that dips her scrambled eggs in molasses (Ava did this yesterday). These people all have one thing in common: they see the world through a different lens. Their world has no limitations. Wouldn't it be glorious if a salad could change how you see the world? If one bite could take away all … [Read more...]

Menu: Myanmar

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Look carefully. In this photo Ava seems to be giving me the thumbs up. This is not, in fact, what is happening. Instead, she's showing me how she holds her chopsticks. I made these kid-friendly chopsticks by folding up a piece of paper, placing it between regular chopsticks and wrapping all around it with an elastic band. Ava's been using them since she could pick up a spoon. So why am I feeding her? Because she wasn't so sure about the Burmese salad. Not yet. Our greatest role as … [Read more...]

About the food of Myanmar (Burma)

Monk crossing, photo by Scott Anderson.

Get your imagination primed; this week's Global Table is laid between ancient statues dripping with gold, miles of muddy coastlines, and blue skies held up by lush, green tropics. We're spending a week in Myanmar, a.k.a. Burma. Wander with me through the rhythms of daily life in this southeast Asian country, where flat, circular baskets whomp, whomp, whomp to thresh grain; pestles thump, thump, thump to grind ginger, garlic, and lemongrass to a paste; and mallets clang, clang, clang to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Mozambique

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THE SCENE: Recently Tulsa was blown over by some pretty mighty winds. Trees scattered their branches - the old, the cracked, and the decrepit littered the neighborhood streets. The next day I walked with Ava while she rode her tricycle.  Every few minutes I stooped over to the pavement, gathering small twigs and branches until my hands were full.  I would use the firewood in our chimnea. While I hate to see something good go to waste, I still felt a twinge of shame when the occasional … [Read more...]

Recipe: Swahili Ginger n’ Milk Tea

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Whether the sun is blistering or the snow is falling, Mozambique has the answer for you. Ginger - crazy ginger tea. The beauty of this drink is in the simplicity. There's no long list of spices, as with Indian Chai (although, goodness do I love and adore a good cup of Chai). It's purer than that. Every mug gently cradles steeped black tea and fresh grated ginger, topped off with creamy milk and sweet spoonfuls of sugar. It's a little bit spicy and a whole lot of comfort. Served cold, this … [Read more...]

Recipe: Lemon & Garlic Piri Piri (with poll)

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Welcome to golden, fire-breathing sunshine. This is piri piri, a famous hot sauce in Africa which has hundreds (thousands!) of variations. Today's rendition comes from Mozambique, where bright lemon juice meets smooth olive oil, tiny hot peppers, and a healthy scoop of red pepper flakes. Piri Piri has her roots in Portuguese culture, whose influence is still felt today in Mozambique. Keep in mind that you can make piri piri by mincing a mountain of hot peppers, if you're brave. In that … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chicken Mozambique with Coconut Piri Piri

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Have you ever had one of those days where no amount of air conditioning cools you down? Where summer heat clings to your skin like extra, unwanted insulation? Where you don't even want to hold hands, for fear that one extra degree of heat from another human might make you cry? Yesterday was one of those days. It. was. hot. Sometimes washing my face solves the problem. Sometimes I have to soak my feet in cold water. Other times only the cold brine of the ocean will do (unfortunately … [Read more...]

Menu: Mozambique

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This is childhood: an overzealous hug and a kitty who has lost the will to struggle. This is also childhood: faces small enough to fit behind the glass. Both of these photos come from this week's lovely Global Table. I themed the menu around all-things-barbecue because steamy Mozambique has all sorts of BBQ goodness going on. The Piri Piri sauce can go on just about anything - rice, meat, soup, stew, so be brave and whip it up on your next whim. Even better, carry a little to your next … [Read more...]