Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 9

  Seychelles Ah, paradise. That amazing water and uncluttered white sand beaches. Would so love to be there right now, instead we are there in spirit. Today we made banana fritters to celebrate this tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean. Scotland Tonight we made Cranachan ice cream. The cream was sweetened with brown sugar…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 8

Andorra We loved the mountains and fresh air while camping in Andorra la Vella in 2013. It was such a refreshing change from the heat and humidity we had left behind in Barcelona. Today for lunch we made a cream of mint and pea soup served with homemade potato chips, yum! Lithuania Today we made…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 7

Morocco We visited in 2015 with our dear friends. A little city, sea and a bit of the mountains, it was wonderful! Tonight we made a turnip and prune tagine to celebrate this special place. It sounds strange, but was delicious! A beautiful broth laden with spices (cinnamon, ginger, cumin and saffron) and honey. Venezuela…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 6

Cyprus Today we made Louvi (black eyed beans) for lunch. A very traditional Greek and Cypriot dish that every family has their own recipe for. It so reminded me of the southern US cooking my dad made at home with black eyed beans, greens and a spicy vinegar. So good! Egypt We visited Sharm el-Sheik…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 5

Israel Oh Israel, I cannot wait to travel again and visit your beautiful country and dine on your fabulous food. A last minute meal thrown together tonight was perfect for and autumn night. We were impressed with all of the Israeli trivia we dug up. Many bright minds doing amazing work. Latvia Tonight we made…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 4

It’s week 4 of staying put during the time of COVID-19 and we are still thinking of travel – places we have enjoyed and places we dream to explore. So we continue to study fun facts about each new country and learn to prepare a traditional meal. What a gift this time at home is!…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 2

Greenland I’ve always wanted to visit Greenland but after researching recipes to celebrate it it became clear we wouldn’t be able to eat a lot there. Whale, seal, reindeer – not a lot of plants! We were able to enjoy Greenland via coffee and cake in traditional kaffemik style with a “kalaallit kaagiat” or sweet…

A Year of Yes, Week 7: The Gift of Bread

This week I had my kids join me in a “new experience.” It was school term holidays and for some time we had been looking for a way to be of service together as a family. Our kids need to know how lucky they are, how there are many who are not as fortunate, and…

Impressions of China from a First Time Visitor

  It’s perfectly ok to use white people as your backdrop in a selfie…like posing in front of some monument or notable locale. Everyone wants to take photos with you and your white children. It’s all friendly and well intentioned, just exhausting at times. The signs forbidding you to feed the animals at the zoo…