I was in Essaouira, Morocco on 9/11, 2001, drinking tea in a cafe near the beach. I was entertained by this old Moroccan man who came to the bar with his donkey.
He was a character as many of them are, a spring in his step and a twinkle in his eye. I couldn’t help but smile when he used a chair to hop up onto his trusty steed, whom had a potato chip bag on his forehead either for decoration or sun protection.
I was not prepared for what happened that day. No one was. I must tell you the Moroccans could not have been more kind or concerned. Here’s a prayer of peace for that fateful day.
Fabio Picchi of Cibreo fame, has realized yet another dream ~ a small organic supermarcato + vivaio (nursery) on the terrazza next to mercato di Sant’Ambrogio. Love at first sight to see an unbelievable variety of fruits all named and spread artfully on the table. I wanted to pull up a chaise and lounge, paint or just study. Plants and seeds are available.
This was all before I descended into the store which had a nice array of fresh veg, fish and delicacies. I bought a small loaf of pane sano with turmeric and blueberries and that, my friends, is not something you find everyday a Firenze.
When in New Delhi, India, we visit the home of our friends Shoba and Mohan for a family style meal. We learn from Shoba some of the dishes that she prepares for her family and she shares some of her favorite recipes with us. While Shoba cooks vegetarian meals, these two chutneys she taught us are simple to prepare and will elevate any meal, vegetarian or not.
There’s more to sailing than sailing. Sailing is what you do after everything has been done, like lift the sails, check the direction of the wind, wind the ropes… just like having a fire after you have chopped the wood and set it aflame.
It’s a totally different orientation. The boat becomes our home. We live, cook and sleep on water. We visit people and markets and cafes on land, take hikes, then we come back home.
We sail to hidden coves to swim and watch a sunset while sipping a really good local wine. We hear stories of how people lived off the sea, while we make our own fish stew and tell our own stories. We get lost in thought, a good book, and swoon at the moon. We get away, but closer to the essence of ourselves.
It’s a gentle floating retreat on the Mediterranean Sea.
Join us. June 10-17th, 2017. #bethere @gowithpeggy #blue⛵️dream #captainantonio #seafaring www.peggymarkel.com/amalfi
David White is not only a poet I admire, he is a friend.
For several years, along with a few other friends, we accompanied him on a sort of annual pilgrimage, having good conversations about whatever particular harvest one might be experiencing in one’s life while roaming the Tuscan countryside.
His poetry speaks dearly to me about my own experiences traveling and as some of you know, I use his poetry during my own programs. As I though about our program in Amalfi and worked on our monthly newsletter, I wanted to share one of his poems with you.
It all starts with the first step — or in Amalfi’s case, taking the first plunge. [Read more…]
Here is the recipe for a delicious Orange Marmalade courtesy of Fabrizia Lanza, owner of Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School in Sicily.
Ingredients:3 pounds oranges, preferably organic
4 1/2 cups sugar, divided in two
Couscous – the traditional Moroccan way. This version is a little more time intensive than the boxed couscous, but if you up to the task, you won’t regret it – the smells emanating form your kitchen will transport you to Morocco instantly. [Read more…]
Devigarh. There are few places in the world that catch my breath like this place. High on a hill, the old palace fort overlooks the Araveli hills and the village of Delwara. It inspires meditation and natural tranquility and gives a 360 view. If we could look with a lifted perspective on life more often, we would be much happier.
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Dosa for breakfast. Warm spiced potatoes inside, perfect wrap for pinching and dipping into the various chutneys, coconut, coriander, and red spicy tomato. Last Indian meal for awhile. Thanks for the love India. The flavors, the magic, the otherworldly chaos and charm, the wide deep eyes of your countrywomen and kind hospitality from everyone is like no other. It’s built into the ancient fabric of your family values, ethics and spirit. I always leave more nourished than when I arrived. Thank you and Namasté 🙏🏼. #indianfoodandculture #fightbackwithbeauty#villagewomen #chhatrasagar #raasdevigarh#samodehaveli #lakepalace @gowithpeggy