Just because you can never have too much luck, good fortune and prosperity…. here are some tasty New Year’s food traditions from around the world that will set the stage for a great year ahead. Continue reading
We were introduced to these chocolate sables by our friend Laure of Frog Mom fame. She brought them along on a hike we went on (fondly remembered as the Banana Slug Hike adventure) and we have been hooked since. I requested that Stacie make them for our recent International Cookie Making Extravaganza.
Going to a holiday party or need a last minute small gift for a teacher or neighbor? Try one of these quick and easy foodie gift projects. A pretty package makes these simple gifts even more special, so invite your little ones can to add their creative flourishes to jazz up containers and decorate gift tags.
Stacie, her friend Rachel and I had a productive, laughter-filled and kid-free day making cookies from around the world today. The kids though will enjoy the fruits of our labor (or rather some of our labor…some cookies definitely got eaten during the baking process). Stacie and Rachel did most of the heavy lifting while I was total deadweight/burden…I washed some dishes, did some setting up and took some photos and made pizzelles. Stacie had to occupy me doing something, otherwise I would have gotten into considerable mischief. The two of them had way too much fun decorating the cutest gingerbread people, while I did battle with the pizzelle machine and was generally worthless. The cookies are for a cookie swap I am going to – which made no sense to the hubby who was lurking around trying to steal some cookies in between work calls. He kept wondering how I suckered two smart, lovely girls into helping me with a cookie-making project that I was then going to use in a cookie swap with other people to get more cookies!
That said, Stacie, Rachel and I had a blast and I think we may have an annual holiday tradition on our hands – much fun was had by all, the house smelled great, a big mess was made and we ended up with some beautiful and delicious cookies from around the world. We will be featuring the recipes and cookies in our upcoming posts, so you too can try your hand at making some of these unique cookies from around the world. Meanwhile, I have some pretty yummy treats for my upcoming cookie swap. Hurray!!!
This bento makes one hell of a delicious and satisfying meal. It’s also a chance to travel with your kids to the Middle East and talk to them a little bit about the countries that make up the Middle East. This is partly why we try and eat food from around the world – because it gives us a chance to talk to our little ones about other countries and cultures, while we enjoy their cuisines. Continue reading
Here’s a zingy, zesty, candy-like, and totally unique gingerbread with an interesting history. It dates back to the mid 1800′s and a country baker named Sarah Nelson who sold her famous gingerbread out of a quaint stone cottage to Victorian tourists visiting England’s Lake District . If you’re lucky enough to be roaming the English countryside in those parts, you’ll find the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop still going strong after more than 150 years and offering up freshly made confections made from Sarah’s original recipes.
One of my faves, Jamie Oliver, loves Grasmere gingerbread and since he was not able to get ahold of the top secret recipe (it’s locked in the National Westminster Bank in Ambleside), he created his own version which he says is almost as good and “some of the best gingerbread you’ll ever eat”…. if that’s not enough of a recommendation to try this recipe yourself, I don’t know what is! Continue reading
Our Sunday Supper tradition is going strong – pretty much every Sunday we try some new recipes and sometimes invite some close friends or neighbors over, or we head out to a casual, fun restaurant for a meal. This past Sunday inspite of all the Thanksgiving uber-excessive overeating, the hubby and I had a seafood cook off. He made some super delicious swordfish kebabs on the grill and I made a gussied up version of my prawn curry in a hurry. It lead to much lobbying, smack-talking and taunting about who made the better dish. No one picked a winner (that’s just lame!) and now another Sunday Supper cook-off is being planned. Sometimes, it is just easier to go out.
And go out is what we did with some friends recently to Starbelly in the Castro for Sunday Supper. We love the back patio at Starbelly and when you go with kids, it is often early enough to get a spot outside. The restaurant does get crowded, so try and make a reservation a few days in advance. The food is best described as Cal-American with family friendly options like pizza, burgers, pastas, soups and salads. I loved the grilled caesar salad with avocado and now think all caesar salads ought to be grilled. The kiddos could not get enough of the french fries with three yummy dips. The food is not earth-shatteringly good (like my prawn curry!), but it is quite well prepared and a notch above most establishments. Not a “food adventure” in the typical sense, but sometimes you just need to well-made good ol’ American food.