Ava’s French Lunch

French Around the World Lunch

One of my favorite food memories from France was going out for couscous with my guardians. I was a wide-eyed teenager, happy to sit around a fragrant pot of stewed veggies and eat until my stomach ballooned. My favorite part was how the broth saturated the couscous, forming an unctuous gravy. The strong North African influence not only made its way into the restaurants  of Paris, but also into the home cooking - as I soon learned, couscous also makes a great base for ratatouille. Today I've … [Read more...]

Ava’s Nordic Lunch

Nordic Around the World Lunch

Ah, winter. This week I took inspiration from the chill in the air and went Nordic with Ava's Around the World Lunch (Nordic simply means the cultural part of Northern Europe that includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordic menu is quite simple and can be assembled in about five minutes. For Ava's main meal, I went Danish: A few slices of dark rye bread smeared with a bit of butter are topped with a translucent slice of smoked salmon. Two smaller slices of … [Read more...]

Maltese Bone Cookies with Marzipan Marrow

Maltese November Bone Cookies Recipe

This month we're celebrating the most anatomically correct cookie there ever was - one whose astounding details should make it a favorite with medical students everywhere, and one who would be well placed at every white coat graduation buffet. The origins of this beautiful cookie are far humbler than you might think - November Bones hail from the small island nation of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. Why November Bones? Forget dress up and trick-or-treating; most people in the island … [Read more...]

Ava’s South African Lunch

South African Around the World Lunch

This week Around the World Lunch takes us to South Africa (thanks to your votes on our FB Page). The result is a hearty meal perfect for autumn, packed with nutrition. Watch a clip of Ava introducing this meal (and showing off her South African flag) on Instagram. Get Creative.  Who says creativity must be difficult? In a sea of bologna sandwiches, leftovers are a great way to mix things up and add interest to your child's lunch! For dinner we made a batch of South African Yellow Rice … [Read more...]

Celebrating the shining star of Palestinian cuisine: Musakhan

small-photo-ofMusakhan

Within Palestine's hotly contested territories there is one thing everyone can agree on: Musakhan. This simple dish doesn't shout. It's flavors don't battle for dominance. No, Musakhan is a quiet meal - a layered preparation of chicken, onion softened with sumac, and doughy pieces of taboon bread. And yet this unassuming dish earned a Guinness World Record in 2010 in the city of Ramallah. Why a Guinness World Record Matters The clout of earning a Guinness World Record often remains … [Read more...]

Finding a Drink Worthy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Malala & Kailash

besan doodh recipe

One thought crossed my mind every time I took a sip of the Besan Doodh. The thought overwhelmed the bold cardamom and it distracted from the warm milk tinged with saffron. A small thing, really - a sentence, again and again, bringing tears to my eyes. "I didn't clip her wings." These are the words of Malala Yousafzai's father. Malala is a young woman from Pakistan - just 17 years old. She is easily the greatest superstar in the peace movement right now thanks to her unapologetic … [Read more...]

Chana Masala & The Remarkable Quest of Chris Guillebeau

Chana Masala Recipe

Psst... Be sure to enter the giveway at the bottom of this post! I want to tell you a story about Chris Guillebeau - a man who traveled to every country in the world. It took him 10 years.  He's not the first to do it, and he won't be the last. And yet his quest is remarkable. Let me explain. From Quest to Calling I stumbled across Chris' journey a few years back  when he had about three years left in his quest. I read with amusement about his jogging escapades on strange terrain, … [Read more...]

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...]