Recipe: Chorizo Rolls | Pão com Chouriço

There are three ways to avoid the awkward party phenomenon. 1. You can get to the party early enough to snag a good seat on the couch. 2. You can bring a friend (it's a well documented fact that, if you have a friend at your side, you'll have someone to talk to when you don't feel like dancing, someone to laugh with when you do feel like dancing, and someone to make sure you don't do anything silly during the twilight zone part of the party). 3. Then there's these rolls. Oh boy. Show … [Read more...]

Recipe: Paraguayan Cheesy Cornbread | Sopa Paraguaya

Rumor has it, no meal is complete in Paraguay without a slice of warm, cheesy cornbread. While sopa means soup in Spanish, this is definitely bread and... traditionally, all mixed up with a happy bundle of homemade cheese. One of our readers - Emily - says everyone in Paraguay makes their own cheese so that this would be no big deal to a local. I read up on the origins of this bread... there are two main versions. In the first version, Don Carlos ( President of Paraguay from 1842-62) … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dutch Sprinkles n’ Bread | Hagelslag (w/ poll)

If you often crave a dougnut but wish it could come without the bellyache, come with me to the Netherlands for breakfast. The quickest way there is with hagelslag, or a "hailstorm" of sprinkles, on buttered bread (no need to toast it). While it sounds incredibly unhealthy, dutch sprinkles are high quality treats and there's even guidelines for what can be called hagelslag. Most are at least 35% cocoa with 100% cocoa butter (this means there are no weird fillers, like vegetable oil, as … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dutch Spice Cake on a Rope | Ontbijtkoek


This spice cake creates so much joy, it should come with trumpets and streamers. Cake on a rope. So simple, and yet so brilliant. Every child will tell you: this is the stuff dreams are made of. All over the Netherlands, the Dutch nibble on swaying ropes of cake in honor of the Queen's birthday. No hands allowed. This wildly popular event is called a koekhappen. Weather permitting, many lucky children enjoy a koekhappen on their birthday as well. One of our readers, Sylvia, told me a bit … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bread of the Wild (Veldt Bread)

Today we're traveling to the sandy, dusty plateaus of of Southern Africa where you'll find the Veldt - large expanses of wilderness, often filled with scrubby bushes and the occasional scraggly tree. Here, too, you'll find prowling lions, circling scavenger birds, and hearty veldt bread - which pretty much means bread of the wild. According to the World Cookbook for Students, this quickbread was created by European settlers as a way to nourish themselves with familiar ingredients in an … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chickpea Crepes (Socca)

I am ready for a day-dreamy sort of day. One where I walk along the pier and smell the salty, ocean air...  On this easy-breezy day I'll nibble  bits of crispy socca - an olive oil and chickpea based crêpe popular along the riviera. On this day I do not stumble. I do not stain my shirt. Nothing I say sounds silly and I'm free of heartache. Yes, there are days when a crêpe can do this for you... ...especially if enjoyed in glitzy Monaco, with diamonds on the soles of your … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mamaliga (Dense Cornmeal “Bread”)

I've done it standing in front of my refrigerator at midnight. I've done it at 8:30 in the morning, right after eating a complete breakfast. I've even done it in celebration of eating all my veggies. I fill my belly with bowlfuls of carbs - pasta, bread, potatoes, or rice - it really doesn't matter. Simply put: I'm carb crazy. Enter Mamaliga, Moldova's favorite side dish (and Romania's, too). Carb-tastic. This thick, dense polenta is made with corn meal (the coarser the better), water, and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mali’s Gluten-free “Pancake Doughnuts” (Maasa)

Photo of mosque in Timbuktu by KaTeznik

Sometimes waking up to pancakes just isn't enough. Sometimes I want to travel to Africa all in a single morning - all the way to Timbuktu - and be home in time to take my daughter to the park. And then I want a doughnut. Is that too much to ask? I think not. Enter our hero - today's recipe for the eager stovetop traveler - Maasa. Maasa is a special gift for our gluten-free stovetop travelers. (Hi, there. I hope you are hungry!) Every once in a while I happen upon a recipe that is … [Read more...]