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Travel theme: Costume

487670_10151024179021445_1459286628_nCelebrating 4th of July in Berlin/Germany.

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Posted in Culture

From Grandma with Love

What a wonderful idea!  Going to lots of different countries and asking grandmothers to make a dish they would normally prepare for their families.

I am intrigued by the food, but even more so by the ladies!  I would love to sit down with each one them and hear their stories.  How amazing would that be?!

And the kitchens, they are all so different!  I wonder about the lives that have been (and that are being) lived in those homes – the fun, the laughter, the tears..

And now: enjoy your culinary trip around the world!

(Sadly the pictures don’t seem to display correctly…  sorry about that!)

1. Italy: Swiss chard and ricotta ravioli with meat sauce

Italy: Swiss chard and ricotta ravioli with meat sauce

Marisa Batini, 80 years old – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

This wonderful photography project comes from Gabriele Galimberte, who works with Riverboom, a Swiss publishing group of journalists and photographers. From the website’s introduction:

Gabriele Galimberti pays homage to all the grandmothers in the world and to their love for good cooking, starting from his own very Tuscan grandmother Marisa who, before the departure for his tour around the world by couchsurfing, took care to prepare her renowned “ravioli ripieni.” She was not so concerned about the possible risks or mishaps her grandson might face in his adventurous travelling worldwide, but her major concern was, “what will he eat”?

You can see the whole “Delicatessen with love” collection (including recipes and written portraits of each grandmother) on Galimberti’s website. H/t to PinkRobotBoogaloo for sharing.

2. Albania: Burekoep domate (layered egg custard pie)

Albania: Burekoep domate (layered egg custard pie)

Neriman Mitrolari, 52 years old – Albania

3. Algeria: Chicken and vegetable couscous

Algeria: Chicken and vegetable couscous

Lebgaa Fanana, 42 years old – Timimoun, Algeria

4. Argentina: Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue)

Argentina: Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue)

Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83 years old – Mendoza, Argentina

5. Armenia: Tolma (roll of beef and rice wrapped into grape leaves)

Armenia: Tolma (roll of beef and rice wrapped into grape leaves)

Jenya Shalikashuili, 58 years old – Alaverdi, Armenia

6. Bolivia: Queso humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup)

Bolivia: Queso humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup)

Julia Enaigua, 71 years old – La Paz, Bolivia

7. Brazil: Fejoada (pork and bean stew), light version

Brazil: Fejoada (pork and bean stew), light version

Ana Lucia Souza Pascoal, 53 years old – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8. Canada: Bison stew under the midnight sun

Canada: Bison stew under the midnight sun

Kathy O’€™Donovan, 64 years old – Whitehorse, Canada

9. Cayman Islands: Iguana with rice and beans

Cayman Islands: Iguana with rice and beans

Maria Luz Fedric, 53 years old – Cayman Islands

10. China: Hui guo rou (twice-cooked pork with vegetables)

China: Hui guo rou (twice-cooked pork with vegetables)

Pan Guang Mei, 62 years old – Chongqing, China

11. Egypt: Kuoshry (pasta, rice and bean pie)

Egypt: Kuoshry (pasta, rice and bean pie)

Fifi Makhmer, 62 years old – Cairo, Egypt

12. Ethiopia: Injera with curry and vegetables

Ethiopia: Injera with curry and vegetables

Bisrat Melake, 60 years old – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

13. Georgia: Khinkali (pork and beef dumplings)

Georgia: Khinkali (pork and beef dumplings)

Natalie Bakradze, 60 years old – Tblisi, Georgia

14. Haiti: Lambi (conch) in Creole sauce

Haiti: Lambi (conch) in Creole sauce

Serette Charles, 63 years old – Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti

15. Iceland: Kjotsùpa (lamb and vegetable soup)

Iceland: Kjotsùpa (lamb and vegetable soup)

Valagerdur Olafsdòttir, 63 years old – Reykjavìk, Iceland

16. India: Chicken vindaloo

India: Chicken vindaloo

Grace Estibero, 82 years old – Mumbai, India

17. Indonesia: Soto Betawi (beef soup with coconut and vegetables)

Indonesia: Soto Betawi (beef soup with coconut and vegetables)

Eti Rumiati, 63 years old – Jakarta, Indonesia

18. Kenya: Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat meat)

Kenya: Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat meat)

Normita Sambu Arap, 65 years old – Oltepessi (masaai mara) Kenya

19. Latvia: Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese)

Latvia: Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese)

Inara Runtule, 68 years old – Kekava, Latvia

20. Lebanon: Mjadara (rice and lentils cream)

Lebanon: Mjadara (rice and lentils cream)

Wadad Achi, 66 years old – Beirut, Lebanon

21. Malawi: Finkubala (caterpillar in tomato sauce)

Malawi: Finkubala (caterpillar in tomato sauce)

Regina Lifumbo, 53 years old – Mchinji, Malawi

22. Malaysia: Nasi lemak (coconut rice with vegetables and fried dried anchovies)

Malaysia: Nasi lemak (coconut rice with vegetables and fried dried anchovies)

Thilaga Vadhi, 55 years old – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

23. Mexico: Vegetarian Tamales

Mexico: Vegetarian Tamales

Laura Ronz Herrera, 81 years old – Veracruz, Mexico

24. Morocco: Chicken tajine

Morocco: Chicken tajine

Eija Bankach, 62 years old – Massa, Morocco

25. Norway: Kjottsuppe (Icelandic beef and vegetable soup)

Norway: Kjottsuppe (Icelandic beef and vegetable soup)

Synnove Rasmussen, 77 years old – Bergen, Norway

26. Peru: Corvina ceviche

Peru: Corvina ceviche

Itala Revello Rosas, 77 years old – Lima, Peru

27. Philippines: Sinigang (tamarind soup with pork and vegetables)

Philippines: Sinigang (tamarind soup with pork and vegetables)

Fernanda De Guia, 71 years old – Manila, Philippines

28. Spain: Asadura de cordero lecca con arroz (milk-fed lamb offal with rice)

Spain: Asadura de cordero lecca con arroz (milk-fed lamb offal with rice)

Carmina Fernandez, 73 years old – Madrid, Spain

29. Sweden: Inkokt Lax (poached cold salmon and vegetables)

Sweden: Inkokt Lax (poached cold salmon and vegetables)

Brigitta Fransson, 70 years old – Stockholm, Sweden

30. Thailand: Kai Yat Sai (stuffed omelette)

Thailand: Kai Yat Sai (stuffed omelette)

Boonlom Thongpor, 69 years old – Bangkok, Thailand

31. Turkey: Karniyarik (stuffed eggplants with meat and vegetables)

Turkey: Karniyarik (stuffed eggplants with meat and vegetables)

Ayten Okgu , 76 years old -€“ Istanbul, Turkey

32. USA: Moose steak

USA: Moose steak

Susann Soresen, 81 years old – Homer, Alaska, USA

33. Zanzibar: Wali, mchuzina mbogamboga (rice, fish and vegetables in green mango sauce)

Zanzibar: Wali, mchuzina mbogamboga (rice, fish and vegetables in green mango sauce)

Miraji Mussa Kheir, 56 years old – Bububu, Zanzibar

34. Zimbabwe: Sadza (white maize flour) and pumpkin leaves cooked in peanut butter

Zimbabwe: Sadza (white maize flour) and pumpkin leaves cooked in peanut butter

Flatar Ncube, 52 years old – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

I would really like to try the Latvian dish!  Not so sure about the Malawian one, though…

What about you – any favourites?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/dishes-foods-cooked-by-grandmothers-around-the-world

http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/projects/delicatessen-with-love-2/#

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United in Mutual Revulsion: Spit and Shoes

So true! Isn’t it just amazing how deeply ingrained some of these reactions are? Some things are “disgusting”, whereas others are “completely normal” (how about blowing your nose and then putting the tissue in your pocket?). So good to be confronted by someone else’s “normal” every once in a while!

Expat Lingo

Comic on spitting and shoes

It is amusing how horrified we can be about the behaviors of others, while turning a blind eye to our own horrifying habits.

Spitting is an entrenched habit of many in Mainland China. Entering the elevator in my Chinese high-rise apartment, I was often greeted by a slick of opaque spit in the corner. Fortunately, in my present home of Hong Kong, a SARS-related aversion to germ-spreading has wiped out most public spitting.

A spitter has explained the logic behind the habit to me: essentially, since the air is so polluted and your phlegm captures this pollution, why would you dream of swallowing it? Far more healthy to eject this filth. I can understand the logic. (The logic, however, would still work if a tissue were employed between a person’s mouth and the ground.)

While I have yet to established my own ‘cleansing-through-spitting’ practice, my time in Asia has completely…

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Posted in Weekend Chat

Weekend Chat 26 May 2013

215561_10150156966756445_7044587_nGrab a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and discover some my favourite blog posts, films, etc from this past week.

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Things to watch

If you missed the the final part of the latest series of Dr Who – watch it!  It was amazing!  Now for a long wait until 23 November…

“This House” by James Graham.  Wonderful play, set in the two Whip’s offices during the 1974-1979 parliament.  Great behind-the-scenes look at the workings of parliament.  Interesting as well to have an interview with Ann Taylor (who features in the play) during the interval.