Yes, I’ll sing to an apple tree

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The question is not whether I'd sing to an apple tree, but rather where I can find an apple tree to sing to. My Oklahoman neighborhood just doesn't deliver the crimson fruit. Regardless, I will tipple this wassail with a cheer (wassail literally means "wes hail", or good cheer)- after all in 2014 I'm learning about celebrations around the world, a suitable follow-up to completing our first adventure: eating one meal for every country in the world. January is all about … [Read more...]

A Pilgrimmage to Love Your World

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  Nearly four years ago, when I set out to cook a meal for every country in the world, I didn't know I was embarking on a pilgrimage. I just had a bout of wanderlust. A picky husband. A baby I wanted to raise with an appreciation for the world's inherent beauty. I wanted her to love the world (and I wanted her world to love her!).   I cooked, cooked, cooked. I took thousands upon thousands of photos. My husband, Keith, filmed Ava, week  after week. I was … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Zimbabwe

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httpv://youtu.be/k08UD-r2IPY The marathon is complete. We did it. We ate every country in the world. (Breathe in, breathe out) The first thing Ava said about completing our challenge? "Can we start cooking the world all over again?" And, later: "When are we going to start another Global Table Adventure, mama?" This child was barely seven months old when we started. Here she is with Afghanistan... (sigh) I can't look at this photo without tears coming to my eyes. … [Read more...]

Celebrate the World & Win (Giveaway)

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This week is a special week. We're only five countries away from finishing cooking the world. Four years ago, I was afraid I wouldn't make it to the letter "B," let alone V! But I'm stubborn. And I love learning. And I'm ... stubborn. If all goes according to plan, we'll be done in less than 2 months! This is an appropriate time to take a pause... to take a week to breath in and settle into the idea of the finish line being so close. For many of us, this is coming much too … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Uruguay

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httpv://youtu.be/wme3pVyaKgs Bzzzz, bzzzz, bzzzz. If the noise meant honey was on the way, that'd be one thing. But that's not the case this week. Our annual Crow/Martin family vacation to Beaver's Bend wouldn't be complete without bees. And by bees, I mean hundreds upon hundreds of bees. It's really hard to tell in the video, but as soon as I set out our spread from Uruguay, we were as good as swarmed. Let's just say, we could have never gathered for this photo if food was anywhere … [Read more...]

The Global Table Experience

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Would you like to be a part of something exciting? Something that's never before been done? On October 12, 2013, I'll be working with my community to try and put a dish from every country in the world on a 200 foot-long string of tables at the Philbrook Museum of Art. We're calling it The Global Table Experience. It's a peace statement; a way to say What if the entire world really could sit together around a single table in peace and harmony? The entire event is free and open to the … [Read more...]

About the food of Turkmenistan

The Darvasa gas crater in Turkmenistan. Photo by Tormod Sandtorv.

There's no way to dance around it... In Turkmenistan, you can come face to face with the "gates of hell"... The only catch? Darvasa is no supernatural place. This "hell" is manmade. Way back in 1971 this crater was formed while drilling for natural gas. There was a collapse and, to prevent the escape of fumes, some people decided they should ... set the gas on fire. (Had I been around, I would have definitely been against throwing a match* in a giant pit of natural gas... am I … [Read more...]

About the food of Trinidad & Tobago

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If you'd like to dig into a melting pot, try visiting Trinidad and Tobago via stovetop travel. These Caribbean islands, right off the coast of Venezuela, are known for having absorbed a bit of Spain, Portugal, France, Dutch, China, Africa, Creole, and Indian cooking... and spat it back out in their own, lovely cooking style. From what I can tell, the food is spicy, bold, and - like a brilliant tapestry - layered with infinite threads from the many influences... which weave an intricate flavor … [Read more...]