Celebrating World Vegetarian Day with Gandhi and Lemon Rasam

Lemon Rasam - one of Gandhi's favorite recipes.

In our house we live by Michael Pollan's addage: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."  This week we're going one step further, invoking Mahatma Gandhi's strict vegetarian diet in honor of World Vegetarian Day (October 1st). While most people think of Gandhi as a famous pacifist, he also had a lot to say about eating a pant-based diet, led in great part by his compassion and respect for the lives of even the smallest creatures. Not one to mince words, Gandhi wasn't afraid to puts his … [Read more...]

The REAL reason why people put butter in their coffee

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We just celebrated International Coffee Day on September 29 (though every day might as well be coffee day around here)! In honor of the holiday, I did a little digging into the origins of butter in coffee… a hot trend in the United States. At the end of this post, follow the link to try your own Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. In Kate Bratskeir’s article entitled “Why People are Putting Butter in their Coffee”  a company by the name of Bulletproof is “credited for popularizing the … [Read more...]

Ava’s South American Lunch

Around the world lunch: South America

This week Ava's Around the World Lunch is inspired by the food of South America. I wanted something healthy and my daughter loves fun finger foods - so I put together an easy and nutritious Bolivian Avocado Salad, a sweet and salty Martin Fierro from Uruguay (made with quince paste and queso fresco cheese - both scored at the local Hispanic market), and homemade Apple Empanadas. The apple empanadas were a direct inspiration from this week's Around the World with Apples challenge, where … [Read more...]

Around the world with Apples ~ Celebrating the first day of Autumn

Around the world in apples

When the air bites. When my cheeks turn pink. These moments sing autumn. But now that I live in Oklahoma the first day of fall - September 23 - is almost always balmy. Sometimes it's actually hot. Which means Ava can do this: The only surefire way I know it's autumn is to watch the apples. There's nothing like the crisp taste of a freshly plucked apple enjoyed while still standing in the orchard. The fruit is almost chalky on the tongue, the skin tight, the flesh … [Read more...]

Official World Peace Day Recipe

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Look up recipes for world peace and you’ll find one of two things – a moral diatribe or Dori Greenspan’s chocolate chip cookies. While the former is on point, and the latter is undeniably incredible, I’m looking for something a little more… grounded… in the holiday. So I went back to the source for inspiration. Turns out the United Nations came up with “International Day of Peace” in 1981 and the first celebration occurred in 1982. Lots of people – myself included – simply … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Ethiopian New Year with Doro Wat

Happy Ethiopian New Year Greetings

There's been a movement to make Enkutatash - a.k.a. Ethiopian New Year - as popular as St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo.  But instead of wearing green or dancing to a mariachi band you're invited for a much simpler, down to earth sort of celebration. Wear white. Pick yellow daisies. And enjoy traditional Ethiopian food. Waaaay back when "Enkutatash" literally stands for "gift of jewels." As the story goes, several thousand years ago the Queen of Sheba delivered more than 4.5 … [Read more...]

Fattoush, a Levantene Salad for Kahlil Gibran

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"The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding ... the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man." - Kahlil Gibran The best teachers' lessons stay relevant long after their deaths. Such is the case with the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). Often, when I'm at a loss for what to do, I'll pick up his book The Prophet. Despite living a nearly hundred years ago, his wisdom still disarms me. That's just one of his … [Read more...]

Celebrate Labor Day with 40 Cold Drinks from around the world

40 DRINKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  Hi friends! When someone asks how you are doing, do you reply "Oh, SO busy"? I recently read that being 'busy' is the new norm. Turns out that's how many people are measuring their self worth and even asserting their status as an "important" person. Ugg. This makes labor day an even more important holiday in my book.  A time to slow down, enjoy the bounty the world has to offer, and just... be... with your family and friends. I've compiled 40 cold drinks from your global … [Read more...]

Chill out with 7 cold soups from around the world

Cold soup recipes from around the world.

A few things have changed since the early days of this blog (namely the photography), but one thing is certain: I love a good, chilled soup in the summer. Here are seven awesome cold soup recipes from around the world that aren't gazpacho - because, my goodness, there are other cold soups besides gazpacho! So, without further ado, summer's almost over - let's skip the heat and chill out. 1. Mul Naengmyeon | Korea [Recipe] This Korean recipe is the most recent addition to our collection … [Read more...]

Iced Korean Buckwheat Noodles | Mul-naengmyeon

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Perhaps you've had chilled soup, but have you ever had soup on ice? Korean naengmyeon is just that - a brothy, noodle soup topped with spicy cucumber, Asian pear, daikon radish, hard-boiled egg, and ice. While the soup starts out mild in flavor, adding vinegar, mustard oil (or paste), and even a spoonful of kimchee takes the soup to a whole new flavor profile - the catch is this seasoning is usually done at the table, so everyone can control how their naengmyeon tastes. Do you want … [Read more...]