Magic Carpet Ride

It was four o’clock in the morning when we arrived in Essaouira after a 3 hour drive from Marrakech. The ride was epic for many reasons, not to mention having just arrived in the country for the first time ever. The moon lit palm trees, the odd camel, and men …

Once upon a time in Bangkok; momentarily revisited

What you see is more delicious than it looks. Larb is a Thai salad that I love to make in the summer. It’s cool, spicy and tangy.
Walking the streets of Bangkok in the heat begs you to duck into one of those small barely covered cafe’s and slurp spicy Tom yam Kung. So counter-intuitive to eat when you are dripping with sweat. But it works. The spice delights and cools you down. But sometimes, I prefer something a little meatier. A protein lift that is cool with generous lime, chili and cilantro. You fill a lettuce leaf and crunch into this juicy, limey, toothsome wrap, swigged with a frosty Thai beer and sigh. Ready to hit the streets refreshed. Tuk! Tuk!

1 pound of ground meat. It could be lamb, beef, chicken or turkey

1 or 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers

3 limes, juiced

1 fresh red onion, fresh if possible, cut in thin half moon slices. Half for sauteing, half for adding to the salad, raw.

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely

1 T olive oil

good salt and pepper

Put a drizzle of e.v.olive oil in a pan. Add half of the onion and sauté. Add the ground meat of your choice and brown.

Add salt and pepper . Put in a bowl.  Take the other ingredients that you have chopped and juiced and add them to the bowl. Correct for seasoning. Enjoy! Sawadee Ka!




Recipe: Fresh Corn Risotto

  Ingredients: 3 ears of corn, sliced lengthwise from the cob 1 shallot, minced 1 onion, chopped fine 3 T butter 1 T of olive oil 1 1/2 cup of grated parmigiano reggiano I cup arborio rice (or vialoni nano or canaroli) 1 cup of white wine or champagne …

Recipe: Tomato Flan

  Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened plum tomatoes 1 envelope (about 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin 1/3 cup fresh basil or flat-leafed parsley leaves (or a combination of both), washed well, spun dry, and chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 small hot red chili, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves), …

A Timely Visit with Vanessa Branson

“What’s your definition of wisdom?” asks Vanessa with her long legs crossed over the arm of the wicker chair in front of the Aga. She is a picture of gorgeousness in her silk robe, straight blond hair and a cup of tea in her hand. It’s a serious early morning inquiry. Something obviously on her mind.

Rotolo di Spinaci e Ricotta

This recipe comes from The River Café in London. I rediscovered it during “La Quarantina” of Covid-19. It’s comforting and easy to make if you don’t mind making your own pasta, which is something I love to do. A Tuscan recipe with spinach and fresh ricotta; it has the flair …

Becoming A Mother

Becoming a mother was my first cognizant desire. I could imagine my belly round and full. Playing house, I was always the mama, only occasionally interested in being the child. I cooked and kept my playhouse in order as if I knew exactly what to do. Mud pies from the …

Escape Adventurism

The Dades Valley spreads out supernaturally from the Tizi ‘n Tichka Pass of the Majestic High Atlas mountains onto a dry desert that pools into a riverbed oasis of a thousand Kasbahs. A long day’s journey begins with exhaustion and a chance for me to take a look at the …