Menu: Seychelles (& giveaway)


Mr Picky flew to Washington D.C. for work, so Ava and I are spending this week “mother-daughter” style. We’ve already made banana muffins, hot cocoa (Guatemalan-style), and stuffed artichokes (my mother’s recipe from Italy).

And there’s the coconuts. Coconut milk. Shredded coconut. Toasted coconut. We’re surrounded, thanks to our stovetop travels to the Seychelles.

While we ate this particular menu before Keith left, I’m considering recreating it one more time since I still have plenty of  Massalé left over, and Ava’s on a real kick with fish. At the very least, I’m going to add the spice mix to some lentils.

You’ll love the fish for an impressive, but super quick weeknight dinner (just whip up the spice blend ahead of time), and the tart is a real crowd pleaser, especially when served with a traditional cup of lemongrasss tea.

So join us, we’re having a spiced, whipped, and banana topped kind of week.

All recipes and meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Coconut Fish Curry | Cari de Poisson [Recipe]
The catch of the day gently simmered in a blend of  Massalé, turmeric, thyme, ginger, garlic, onion, and coconut milk. Three continents represented… Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Massalé Spice Blend [Recipe]
A mild to medium curry made with coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, chili powder and nutmeg.  The bold mix is especially grand on fish, chicken, and even pork.

Coconut & Banana Tart [Recipe]
A creamy coconut custard layered in a tart shell, topped with bananas and freshly whipped cream.


This week, because it’s a Wednesday and life is good, I’m giving away a set of these “You Complete my World” lockets from PlastiCouture on Etsy.*

They’re perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day… whether from mother to daughter, friend to friend, or lover to star-crossed lover.



The antique brass is glorious, but then there’s the simple fact that a photo may be placed inside… (or love poems.. or quotes)…

It just makes my heart smile.

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”350px” height=”” background_color=”#f1f1f1″ border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment in this post and tell me what you’d put in these lockets and/or who’d you share them with.

2. For extra entries, share the contest on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (#GlobalGiveaway). [/dropshadowbox]

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on January 28, 2013. Prize must be claimed by February 4, 2013.

P.S. In the event that this necklace set sells out, there are many other globe lockets to choose from; or, worse case scenario, if someone buys every single globe necklace ever from this seller, a gift card will be provided to the winner instead.


Congratulations to Holly, who says:

I think I would give one to my mom. I’d put a picture of us together inside so we can always be close. My mom is in the US and I live in Switzerland so we don’t get to see each other very often. She knows I’m the world traveler of the family, so these globe designs are perfect!

Please contact me by February 4, 2013 to claim your beautiful lockets!


  1. Marina says

    The menu sounds delicious!
    I can’t wait for the recipes, I have to try that tart 🙂
    And the lockets are beautiful. My fiance lives a thousand km away from me, so it would be perfect to share it with him, with a picture of us together in it.
    Or maybe share it with my mom, since I’ll be moving a few thousand km away from her soon, so that way we could have a small thing to remind us we are always together. Sounds corny, I know, but it’s just how I feel 🙂

  2. Amy Stiles says

    I would love to share the lockets with my mother, I feel so very blessed to still have her in my life at age 86 and a 3 month hospitalization. It could have been so different.She can pass the locket on to my daughter to make it full circle.

  3. Aww those lockets SO pretty. I’d definitely give one to my sister and keep one for myself and I think I’d put a picture of our family in each one.

  4. I love those lockets! I would likely give one to my daughter, and put a picture of us on top of a mountain in it. Her birthday is coming up…

  5. I just love this blog. It’s a joy to see new recipes every week!

    I would give the locket to my sweet sister, because I live in one hemisphere (in Kosovo) and she lives in another (in the US), and because she is in the process of adopting a baby girl. I would write her a little note about what a great mama she is going to be.

  6. Love the website, the beautiful menus and the beautiful lockets. I think it is so important to teach children about other cultures and you have certainly latched onto the perfect way to do that. Thank you for sharing. Now , if I were to win the lockets, I’d put photos of myself and my granddaughter in it so we would have physical evidence of keeping each other in our hearts! She is the light of my life and locket or no locket in my heart everyday!

  7. Caroline says

    The coconut and banana tart sounds amazing!

    I would share the other locket with my Partner In Crime (my P.I.C. if you will). We’ve been besties since college, but after spending four years getting each other into the most fantastic of capers, we ended up in different cities post-grad. Several years later, and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. I’ld let her decide what to keep in it, as I don’t even know what I would want to keep in my own at the moment!

  8. Oh my! I love these. I would either give one to a close friend, or my younger sister. I’d put quotes inside them. I was thinking of “Les langues n’ont d’élégance qu’autant qu’il y en a dans l’esprit de ceux qui les parlent.” (-Etienne Bonnot.) because it has a great deal of meaning to me. “Languages only have as much elegance as there is in the minds of those who speak them”

  9. I’d put a little note or photo from my husband as we embark on a 7-month long-distance marriage of 5,700 miles. It would make me happy.

  10. Shawna says

    That menu sounds amazing!

    If I won the lockets… I would put a photo of my beloved inside, and give the other to him… with a photo of me and a love poem. Which he will “awww” over but feel awkward about because he loves me but isn’t IN love with me. So maybe it’s not the greatest of ideas… maybe I’ll just hide it so he finds it someday.

  11. I am going to bake this tart for sure. Like twice in a row:)

    And the locket is beautiful. I would give one to my grandmother, who is 85 and lives in Poland. I would put the pictures of my boys, 2 and 4 years old, in both lockets. And if there was still place, I would put my grandmother’s picture in my locket too. 🙂

  12. Jennifer Maile says

    I would likely share this with my daughter who would not be so into it now but some day in the future, ahhhhhhhh.

  13. Kim Hanson says

    What a great idea and a delicious looking website. I would put the number one recipe that my mom makes( that we ALL love) in the locket and give it to my sister-in-law. My mom is 86 years old and my sister-in-law has “generously ” supported this Italian holiday cookie recipe by eating dozens at Christmas. My mom sends her dozens at Christmas when they can’t be together. They live far from each other but my sister-in-law keeps my mom in her heart on a daily basis. I appreciate that! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  14. I think I would give one to my mom. I’d put a picture of us together inside so we can always be close. My mom is in the US and I live in Switzerland so we don’t get to see each other very often. She knows I’m the world traveler of the family, so these globe designs are perfect!

  15. since we have a high school exchange student staying with our family this year, I’d give the locket to her.
    “Remember to love one another as God loves you”

  16. Bonnie says

    I would share the lockets with my daughter. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win them! 🙂

  17. so delicious….I would put a picture of my children in that locket…I mean who else could hang that close to my heart…Love them…

  18. I love this meal..the bananna tart is divine..anywya..that necklace would look wonderful with pictures of my children..especially if I antiqued the match the “old world” charm of this…<3.

  19. If I won the lockets, I would send them off to my two besties from high school – both of whom I’ve traveled the world with, at different points in time – with pics of the three of us. We’ve known each other for going on 20 years now, and are spread out all across the country, but we still make it a point to travel together whenever possible!

  20. Hi Sasha! I’d put a picture of my daughter and me in this beautiful locket and I would give it to my daugther. I adopted my daughter at the age of 2 from Russia. She is my whole world and I thank God everyday for blessing my life with her. She will go away to college in the Fall and I will miss her SO VERY MUCH. The locket would be a nice thing for her to take with her so we will be together while she is away. 🙂

  21. I would love to share the locket with my fiance, not only because of our love, but because our favorite thing to do together is travel! We push each other’s comfort levels in new places and love the experiences and memories that come from that!

  22. I can’t wait to see the curry spice recipe. Curry is one of my favorites.

    I would send one locket to my friend who moved across the country several years ago. She is my daughter’s godmother, my best friend for many years and I miss her!

  23. Yum!

    I would give my mom a locket and keep one. I would put a picture of myself and Abigail in mom’s and a $2 bill my mom gave me when I was young. She always said it was so I would never be down to my last buck. 🙂

  24. I would love to give one of these to my sister and keep one. I’d put a picture of our grandparents in it, we have seen all four of them pass and they were each significant in our lives. It’d be nice to have them close 🙂

  25. Hi Sasha. I LOVE these. I am a mother of 3; ages 14, 13 and 11. I am primarily a stay at home mom, but also a part time registered nurse, however I became a home based travel agent this year. I am hoping to make that my full time career soon. One of the main reasons for the change was to hopefully help my children to explore the world. My husband and I felt like time was passing by too fast and we wanted to have more experiences with the kids, and get them out to see more. The lockets are so special. I would definitely put pictures of my kids in the lockets, and me and my husband with them from one of our new travels. After hearing about your mission on the Rick Steves podcast, I shared your website on my FB page a couple of days ago. I will share this contest again, and pin to my new pinterest site. Thanks!

  26. Love these! I would give one to my husband to keep with a photo of us traveling the world together inside of it!

  27. I would give one to my mom, who is afraid of flying but then she could be traveling with me in spirit 🙂

  28. Those lockets are SO cool! One of my most treasured friendships is maintained across a great distance, and each time this friend and I see one another, we make sure to take a photo together, which goes into a special frame that we share and trade back and forth when we reunite. I’d love for each of us to have a locket to keep the memories of our global friendship close to our hearts. 🙂

  29. Carol N. says

    Sasha! Have been a perpetual follower for longer than I can remember. Ava was just a little sprout when I first “found” you!
    Should I be the winner of this pair of lockets, I would give one to my daughter-in-law with my son’s photo on one side- after having my son write a special note for her. He is stationed in Korea, presently, and she and the two kiddos 3 and 5 mod are counting the days til he can be home with them. He last held his son when the lad was two weeks old.
    The second one, I would share with my daughter who, with her husband, is organizing a group trip to Morocco to study with the Master drummers this March. The two of them are frequent hand drum instructors, belly dancer accompanists, as well as doing programs/concerts in the Chicago area. (
    I appreciate your efforts to have the people of this world gather round the table!

  30. Megan P says

    I would put a photo of the person that I love that is unfortunately halfway around the world. Hope the world is small enough to bring us together again.

  31. I would give one to me. 🙂 WIth a picture of my husband and a verse from a Pablo Neruda poem. I think that the other one would go to my best friend’s baby girl to be. My friend is hoping that she grows to be a strong woman and I’ve been making a collection of books about strong historical women and this locket would be perfect to inspire her to be well traveled like her mother- maybe with a ‘oh the places you will go’ in it!

  32. rachel says

    My husband and I did a maps / travel theme for our wedding so I’d love to win this!

  33. Miss Beca says

    I’d put a quote about mothers and daughters inside, and give one to my mom.

  34. I’d give one to my mom and inside I’d put a picture of the first real adventure we had together in Belize.

  35. Kimberly McIntosh says

    I am looking forward to sharing these receipes with my collage class here in Arkansas. This will be the funnest semester ever! My Humanities Studio class is looking forward to sharing your recepies, stories, videos, and then to create an art piece influenced by the culture! Food, Art, and Social Studies…another extension of your website to helping others understand cultures around the world! Thank you for keeping this up. I am excited for your National Geographics adventure as well.
    I moved in with my best friend last year to be with her immediately after her dear husband passed away. It helps us both to have someone who is caring and who understands the loss of a spouse living in the house. If I won the pendants, I would share with her … we would both put photos of us with our late husbands that would be worn close to our hearts. We miss them so much but we also share our wonderful memories with each other of our lives with them. It makes it a lot easier. Many of us women will be going through this in our lifetimes … having a good friend to stand with you makes all the difference in moving forward. We are both lovers of cultures around the world so these would be so lovely to have. Good luck everyone! And thank you for your wonderful Global Adventures!

  36. Kebby Jones says

    Those lockets are so pretty! I would give one to my boyfriend…maybe to celebrate being together 12 years, if I could wait until September to give it to him! I’m not sure what I’d put in them…I might have him choose with me.

  37. Too much…all these people with all these special ties…those lockets really are bringing out the best in everyone – .

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