A still life bowl of farmer’s market items. Next: reassembling these items to look like a face, or cutting them up to resemble mosaic glass. Yep, this is how I like to spend my idle time. 🙂
The beautiful and stunning trulli architecture in the quaint town of Alberobello, located in the Puglia region of Italy. The Trulli of Alberobello are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. I highly recommend a day visit, perhaps even spending the night in a converted B&B. My top accommodation pick is the Trulli da Sogno. A truly unique experience, so well worth the money!
Here are some photos I took during my stay. Such a magical place!
One of my all time favorite cuisines, is Lebanese food. I first experienced kibbeh back in Colombia where my boyfriend’s mother prepared a meal from her native land. I was so taken by the dish that I have recreated it many times in the past decade. Unfortunately, I was unable to get her recipe (may she rest in peace, sigh…), but I do think this one comes pretty close. Thank you Sofia! XO, love you so much my dear mentor!
1/4 lb ground beef
1/4 lb ground lamb
2 heaped tablespoons pine nuts, toasted lightly in dry pan
1 small, finely chopped onion
Pinch cinnamon, cardamom, all spice
1/2 lb bulgur wheat
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon sumac
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cumin
A litre of vegetable oil
zest of one orange (optional)
I recently reconnected with the Pacific Northwest on a quest to explore the place I once lived with my mom. When I was the age of 16, my mom decided she wanted to own a B&B. This was 1987. For me, as a teenager coming from San Diego, CA, this was not what I thought was a good idea. However, I did believe in her dream, so we packed our bags and borrowed my Uncle’s VW camper van and started our Pacific Northwest life. Now many decades later, I had a great desire to revisit our old home and life. So, we did. Although this time we didn’t take a VW camper van, we took Alaska Airlines.
I have to say, visiting these places were amazing. The state of Washington is beautiful and I totally get why she chose this path many moons ago. Anyhow, here is a slideshow of our mother/daughter adventure in May.
I was at the farmer’s market on Sunday, the usual plan, and came across these yellow beets. I’ve eaten the red and pink variety, but never this type. Of course I just had to buy them. I knew I was in for a beautiful surprise as I sliced the cooked beets, but had NO IDEA they’d be this amazing! They were an ombre of yellows and oranges, reminiscent of a sunrise. Totally mind-blowing. An added bonus is that these don’t make a mess when you peel them because of their light color. Anyone who’s worked with red beets, knows what I’m talking about. Anyhow, below is my no-fail simple recipe. I prefer roasting over boiling because I think the flavors are much more delicious. Enjoy!
I met so many wonderful people on my trip to Vietnam. The Vietnamese people are one of the kindest and warmest cultures I’ve ever encountered. You can tell by some of the expressions on their faces just how lovely they are. Hope you enjoy these memories as much as I do!