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Wanna Take a Trip Around the World in an RV? 
 
Jan. 4, 2010 1:16 pm 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2010 6:02 pm
After my last blog where I pubically announced that I wanted to write a book, I started to think..I know, I smelled the smoke myself...and then I thought some more and came up with an idea! My thought is that RV's are for travelling around, but I don't have a truck yet to pull mine. This is a complication. How could I rectify this problem? And, why on Earth would anyone want to read about the standard steaks, burgers, mac & cheese, etc.? It's been done to death! So in talking with my husband, our friends, my dear mother-in-law, Ann and my friends on AR's recipe exchange and also after watching Julie & Julia (which, by-the-way, my husband actually really liked the movie) I started thinking that I, too, could learn a new culture of food. But, I know me, I would not be able to stay faithful to any one cuisine...I would feel like I committed adultery....there are WAY too many cuisines and cultures out there to sample. So why not sample a different country every week...a cruise that takes me, of sorts, all around the world, not in 80 days, but in 52 weeks. I put the idea out there again to my think tank and the consensus was that everyone thought that was a good idea. Then my husband let out a groan and said, "How much is this gonna cost me?". Hmmm...a new complication! Now I need to set a budget that won't break the bank, which isn't filling at the rate I would like with our only income at this point being unemployment until the husband goes back to work. So, grabbing into thin air, I have come up with a figure of $20 for utensils, weird ingredients, etc. That's it, not a penny more! If I have leftover money at the end, I'll put it in one of my Crown Royal bags and forget about it! At the end of the year, maybe I can suprise my husband with a trip to one of our favorite spots...Long Beach, Washington and get a hotel room with a jacuzzi for a night or two (they always have those deals, buy one night, get one night free). Now I have a goal for the end of all of this. Lastly, this experiment needs to be able to utilize what I have on hand at first...my cabinets and fridge are ridiculously full, and I need to really use some things up such as vinegars that I have in the fridge, cans of whatever that I have in the cabinets, and spices that I have on hand that are begging to be used! At least if I do that, I won't feel like this is gonna cost a fortune!! And my husband won't yakkk so hard about it all! In the meantime, I will still write about the regular food that I make and the methheads and trailer park drama, never fear! I looked online at a list of all the countries of the world and thought, WHOA! that's a lot of freakin countries!! So, after reading the list and narrowing it down, I have come up with the following countries. If I left anyone out, it's because I thought it would be really similar to one I already picked, or I couldn't pronounce the name--take your pick--but here is the list and it's NOT in the order I'm going in...I will throw it out on the Recipe Exchange weekly and let all my friends there pick the cuisine, I'll just narrow it down to 2 or 3 choices!
1. Argentina
2. Armenia
3. Australia
4. Bangladesh
5. Belgium
6. Cambodia
7. China
8. Cuba
9. Denmark
10. Ecuador
11. Egypt
12. Ethiopia
13. France
14. French Polynesia
15. Germany
16. Hungary
17. Greece
18. India
19. Ireland
20. Israel
21. Italy
22. Jamaica
23. Japan
24. Kenya
25. Korea
26. Laos
27. Lebanon
28. Madagascar
29. Mali
30. Mexico
31. Mongolia
32. Morocco
33. Nepal
34. Peru
35. Philippines
36. Poland
37. Portugal
38. Romania
39. Russia
40.  Saudi Arabia
41. Singapore
42. South Africa
43. Spain
44. Sweden
45. Taiwan
46. Thailand
47. Turkey
48. Vietnam
49. Venezuela
50. England (United Kingdom)
51. Panama
52. Haiti
Once again, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER! I am not Andrew Z. and am not going to eat roasted scorpions or make cobra blood cocktails...just food with ingredients that I can find here. This will make me have to think about reasonable substitutions. I'm not going out and buying a clay oven that you bury in the ground either!! Each week, the dinner will be made for 2, which I think will help out a lot of people who live in these things...I don't see a ton of RVer's with kids living in these things, camping, yes, living, no! This week I am going to kick this whole thing off with a cuisine we all have heard of and most everyone likes: Italy! I'm not sure which day I will cook, but watch this blog for the results and I'll post a new blog every week with the details of each new country! Thanks to everyone for your belief in my ability to write this crazy book and I hope you have fun reading it as I go!! I'm gonna have a blast cooking it!!
North Head Lighthouse on the cliff overlooking the ocean
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Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park...Long Beach, Washington
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My RV Galley complete with dirty dishes!
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The space I have to create it all on! Look at it sideways!
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the crammed full food cabinet
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too much stuff to use up!!
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That's a disaster waiting to happen!
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My Miniscule Refrigerator!
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Comments
Jan. 4, 2010 1:33 pm
Wow! I can't wait to read your adventures in "Round the World" cooking! Sounds like lots of fun and some great new recipes for us on AR! I love reading your blog of your cooking and living in the RV park with your funky neighbors! Keep 'em coming!!
 
Daiseyland 
Jan. 4, 2010 1:33 pm
Sounds ambitious, good for you. You might have added Canada, for all of our Canadian friends on AR. I hope you will be planning your menu a little in advance so that you are working with the calendar. Like Chinese food for Chinese New Years and maybe Thanksgiving week you might want to pick something that works well with American favorites. Unless, of corse, you choose the country Turkey for Thanksgiving week. There are so many ethnic foods out there that it sounds great. My town has many Portugese people in it, and they make the best Portugese sweet rolls. They are not a pastry, but a sweet bread roll. My quilt guild ladies are from the Quincy area, and are mostly Irish decent. Their scones and Irish bread are to die for. There are alot of Italian families in town, most pizza places are run by people fresh from Greece. I'm still trying to get their secret dressing recipe. I know that the best ones have honey in them. If you have a local Senior Citizens Center nearby, see if the people there are willing to share some family favorite recipies. Bring your guitar along and have a sing-along, share some music with them. You may end up with more than recipies.
 
Jan. 4, 2010 1:40 pm
Yay! I can't wait to read every entry and be inspired to cook up something new! :)
 
Rae 
Jan. 4, 2010 1:49 pm
Oooo this is going to be interesting :) Can't wait to see what you make every week!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 1:55 pm
Wow Daiseyland just gave you an other dimension to your book. Seniors are a hidden treasure for recipes
 
Jan. 4, 2010 1:59 pm
finger problems SS helpful tips and money saving ideas.
 
Jan. 4, 2010 2:25 pm
Daiseyland, I didn't choose Canada because I thought they would eat a lot of the same things we do...I chose Mexico because the cuisine is vastly different as well as the cooking techniques. Going to the senior center is a great idea! Thanks for that! I'll see what I can do about cooking a particular country's cuisine on the corresponding holidays, usually the stuff I want is on sale then anyway, but I can't make any promises!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 3:04 pm
I voted for Armenia on the exchange because my ex H is Armenian so I'll be looking forward to that blog! That was some really good eating back then:)
 
Jan. 4, 2010 3:10 pm
This will be fun to follow! We'll all travel via your blogs!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 3:26 pm
That sounds so fun, what a good idea, and your book will be great for all of us that camps, etc. Keep up the good work Laurrie!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 3:52 pm
Oh my goodness! How AWESOME! I can't wait to read your weekly blogs!!!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 4:43 pm
Ok...everyone...Italy tonight! And I came in $2.87 under my budget! At Safeway, no less!! I already had ground beef and sausage, so we decided on Italian meatball subs with a salad, chocolate Italian sodas and cake! I bought Pellegrino for $1.67; a dozen of jumbo sized eggs for 1.99; Italian cheese blend for 2.49; heavy cream for the cake 2.29; a loaf of Italian bread 1.59; a bunch of green onions for 50 cents; 3/4 pound of roma tomatoes 1.12; Italian parsley for 99 cents; I got salad mixes 2.99 each buy one get one free; and button mushrooms for 1.50! Grand total of $17.13! I can't remember the name of the cake offhand but it's like a tiramisu cake made with Kahlua, which I have on hand. Stay tuned for pictures!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 4:45 pm
and I just found out that my husband should be going back to work in about 2 weeks! Back to Moses Lake! That's totally great news...he's driving me nuts!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 5:59 pm
This is such a great idea, witchwoman! I would love to read more about it, hope you will be able to keep us posted how each meal comes out.
 
Jan. 4, 2010 6:08 pm
Can't wait to read each week. Love your blogs. Wish my life was as exciting. Noone wants to hear about a husband , 2kids and 2 dogs and just average weekly meals. Although I do try to cook big on weekends. Gotta work til 4 and 5 during the week and with all ds senior activities, it's usually something frozen or quick to make on week nights. And by tradition of dearly departed stepdad #2. Pizza ever Friday night. but we usually have frozen
 
Jan. 4, 2010 7:07 pm
Ok, I didn't realize when I undertook this task that my husband would suddenly become a food expert! So after a huge arguement tonight that caused me to totally forget about putting in the Italian parsley or green onions into the sauce that went with the meatballs, I finally got this huge Italian sub done. The meat and sauce tasted great! My husband, the gourmet who thinks that the only food group is a bbq'ed steak had to play the big food critic by telling me that I made the meatballs too big! I'm sure he has totally made them (NOT)! I made a salad that wasn't really Italian, but to get him to eat any vegetable is an act of God unless it's on top of a steak. I know when I get around to Mexican that I will not be doing carne asada! But I did make homemade blue cheese dressing for the salad and put in Sicilian sea salt, so that counts, doesn't it? My chocolate Italian soda tastes great, but again, it's not beer, so my husband passed on it! I'm really starting to miss adult conversation!! I'm waiting for the oven to cool down a bit and then I will put the finally frost on the Tiramisu cake...and I got a lesson on how to bake a cake from his Majesty to boot! Are you freakin serious?!?!? I'll post the pictures when I'm done! I'm apologize to you all who were expecting something great and amazing from me on the first week out...it's d@mn near impossible when you have someone sitting on a set snorting, shaking their head, rolling their eyes and muttering under their breath! I will push on and we will go elsewhere next week!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 7:07 pm
What you are doing sounds like a lot of fun and I like the idea of a budget. On the radio I was listening to a man who wrote a new cookbook, $10 Gourmet. http://www.whitecap.ca/books/10-gourmet
 
Jan. 4, 2010 7:11 pm
WOW! what an undertaking...in a rv? you are WOMAN! i think this is a terrific idea! please share your experiences with the recipes. play some great music in the back ground to keep you focused! what a great idea!! looking forward to reading the blogs!! did i say GREAT idea? if not ....GREAT IDEA!!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 7:26 pm
And I have learned that Italy borders on France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. It has 2 independent states that totally enclosed in it: San Marino and the Vatican City. The only active volcano in Europe is in Italy. Italy has several different dialects and some residents can't even speak common Italian. Several architectural monuments are in Italy: the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
 
Jan. 4, 2010 7:27 pm
My husband and I just talked and I think he realizes that he is a little tough to take so we have decided to do another Italian dinner this week...a pasta probably and this time with less drama cuz I was totally going to peg him between the eyes with one of my huge meatballs!
 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:00 pm
lol, Witchy sounds awesome to me. Can't wait for the follow ups =))
 
KGora 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:01 pm
Wow WW - What an excellent idea you have. I can't wait to read your weekly blogs to see how you do! Good luck and tasty dishes!
 
Keri 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:03 pm
I can't wait to see some of the dishes you create on your "journey"!! I agree with gderr - you are awesome for taking on this kind of a challenge in an RV! Thanks for bringing us along on the trip :-)
 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:07 pm
ok so im not a fan of trying new foods from other places i mean italian mexican chinese ok.. but! i am a fan of you ww so im staying tuned! too cool! 'ere
 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:16 pm
Hey WW! I love your first choice. I went to Italy for 2 weeks in 2002 and it totally inspired me. The people there were the most fit and beautiful people I had ever seen in my life. We started in Venice and then went to Florence, Pisa, Naples, Pompeii, Roma, and finished in Sicilly. It was breathtaking and I visited all of those monuments you mentioned. I can't wait to stay tuned each week. Great thing you are doing!
 
mimosa 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:20 pm
Awesome WW! While you're still in Italy, lol, look into northern Italian cuisine. When I lived in Little Rock, my FAVORITE restaurant was Italian/Swiss with food from the northern region. Wish I could remember some of the dishes, but I always got mussels and gnocchi (two separate dishes). Can't wait to hear more.
 
Jan. 4, 2010 8:31 pm
Photos are up of dinner tonight!
 
sueb 
Jan. 5, 2010 3:59 am
That will be an interesting adventure! There might be some times when you will have to plan ahead, and see if some of the ingredients can be mail ordered, but most often substitutes exist. Maybe you could set out a challenge---let everyone know that you are doing a menu from (fill in the blank), and if they want to also participate with their families, they could also make a menu and post recipes. It would dbe something I might even try!
 
Jan. 5, 2010 7:18 am
Very interesting WW! Can't wait to see what unfolds in the weeks ahead :)
 
judy 
Jan. 5, 2010 7:32 am
hey ww i know the kinda guy you are talking about...but what is my husband & son-in -law doing there...ha ha keep on cooking ,pretend he's not there ,i've been doing it for almost 22 years...love you new blog
 
Jan. 5, 2010 7:33 am
We had a serious talk this morning and I think we've nowhere to go but up from here!
 
judy 
Jan. 5, 2010 7:39 am
i'm sorry, maybe he will think about this & try to give you the support you need instead of trying to have you all to him self....some men would have trouble sharing his womens time & passion....
 
Jan. 5, 2010 8:27 am
Hey Witchywoman! I read your blog everytime there is one up and I love it! I live in Israel so if you want any ideas I would love to help. Also I'm from Schotland so if you want to slip that on the list and give yourself a corony with all the fried food I can recommend some tasty ways to do it.
 
Jan. 5, 2010 8:29 am
I would really like Israelite recipes...I didn't choose Scotland because, and I may be totally wrong on this, I thought they would be super similar to Ireland and I had to put Ireland on the list because, well...I'm Irish!
 
Jan. 5, 2010 9:40 am
That's a great idea to do cooking around the world are you going to be getting most of your recipes from AR?
 
Jan. 5, 2010 9:49 am
Hey there WW, count on me for your Morocco connection. I've got that end of the globe covered. I like SueB's idea of posting well enough in advance that if someone wanted to do something from a region they too could also make something. Sounds like another RE post waiting to happen.
 
Jan. 5, 2010 10:07 am
I'm going to try to get most of the recipes from AR, unfortunately, Mongolia got picked for next week and, as I have said for years..I'm changing my name to Murphy, did you all know that Mongolian Beef is NOT authentic Monglian food...can't really call it cuisine, I know, I've been looking at recipes all dang day so far. I did find a Mongolian BBQ recipe that calls for half of a medium sheep...WTH? How big is a medium sheep???? So this is in advance....we will be making MOngolian next week and I can't really say I'm looking forward to it. They subsist on a diet of fat because of the country...and they drink fermented mare's milk, even the kids...ughh! I'm not sure I can walk into Safeway and ask for a half of a medium sheep or a quart of mare's milk, so this will be interesting. Someone suggested just dressing up like Mongolians and eating burgers that night. Tempting, but it defeats the purpose...still tempted though! Just being honest!
 
Jan. 5, 2010 1:25 pm
I loved reading your blog. What a cool idea you are doing. Your book is already so interesting. I will be watching your exciting weekly posting! What an inpiration!
 
Jan. 5, 2010 2:55 pm
Here is this week's plan...I'm redo'ing Italian night. My husband has calmed down and finally listened to reason and agrees. He will be over working with our friend, Cecil, to finish off Cecil's cabinets so I will just be able to concentrate on what I need to do! This is a real good thing!
 
Jan. 5, 2010 3:23 pm
and this will be on Thursday...still getting the menu together but I'll post as soon as I figure it out!
 
Daiseyland 
Jan. 5, 2010 3:27 pm
How about if you pick the meal and your husband picks the drink? That way, he could have a different beer or wine. Even the teas and coffees are regional.
 
Jan. 5, 2010 3:52 pm
actually, we are communicating a whole lot better and we were getting pretty grossed out by Mongolian food...so we're all good now...this has just been building for a week or so, it's raining, he's cooped up...and I'm not so easy to live with myself at times!
 
Jan. 5, 2010 4:25 pm
Ok, menu is planned and all recipes are on AR: Chicken Piccata II Sicilian Spaghetti Caeser Salad Tiramisu and I'll buy the bread from the bakery...cuz...there ain't no way! And as for the tiramisu, someone from the RE said to make it in a coffee cup which is an awesome idea! So, that's the plan, Stan!!
 
judy 
Jan. 5, 2010 5:23 pm
sounds good to me
 
Jan. 6, 2010 7:42 am
http://www.mongolfood.info/en/ For your Mongolian meal... The Buuz could be good.
 
Jan. 6, 2010 7:52 am
if you go to that same website and click on meats and then click on boorag...come back and tell me what you think of that!
 
SB 
Jan. 6, 2010 9:34 am
OMG!! I just looked at that boodog and have lost my appetite! I am amazed at how different cultures cook and the things they eat. I am very interested in seeing what you come up with =)
 
Jan. 6, 2010 1:06 pm
boodog...sorry! That's what I meant...the things I get myself into just boggle my imagination at times, but I am committed and I will push on...do you all think it would count if I just did something Mongolian style??? LOL!
 
Jan. 6, 2010 1:13 pm
But back to more pleasant things: My shopping list for Italian, Act 2! Anchovies $2.99; Artisan bread $1.29; Twinkies $3.18; BLSL chicken breast halves $2.48 (twinkies cost more than chicken breasts..what's up with that???); Linguine from the refrigerated section $2.99 with a 55 cent off instant coupon so $2.44; 8 oz. marscapone cheese $3.99; and a bottle of 2007 Fish Eye Merlot (I know it sounds French, but I gotta drink something I like) from California $4.98 for a grand total of $21.35...just $1.35 over for a 4 course dinner...not too bad! The rest of the ingredients for the recipes I mentioned above I already have on-hand...so tomorrow, knock on wood, we will cook the he!! outta Italy! Stay tuned!
 
Jan. 6, 2010 1:15 pm
And then on Friday, we are going to have a lobster dinner with 3 friends over at their house! That I'm really looking forward to!
 
Daiseyland 
Jan. 6, 2010 7:42 pm
Twinkies are Italian?
 
Jan. 6, 2010 7:56 pm
no....but the sponge cake in twinkies will make the tiramisu after I cut them in half and scoop out the filling...that way I don't need a springform pan or trifle bowl..neither of which I have and I can make these in coffee cups and not have a ton of leftovers and way cheaper than buying ladyfingers which I could find at the bakery for around $6...so the twinkies are being used as a sub for ladyfingers in tiramisu..remember, I only have $20 to work with and I blew that by $1.35. I'm hoping I can make that up next week with Mongolian!
 
Jan. 7, 2010 7:23 am
Tonight is the night, everyone...Italy coming up!
 
Bonnie-MA 
Jan. 7, 2010 9:49 am
so fun !! of course it took me a while to figure out that you are not actually traveling, in your RV on 20.00 a day to all those countries. Blam it on my frozen brain... lol
 
Jan. 7, 2010 10:44 am
Wow witchywoman, what you are doing is awesome. I've been reading your blog and I am completely amazed and inspired! Have you started writing your book yet? I am a writer/editor myself, and I believe that your book will be a great success! If you haven't already found an editor, please let me know! I would be very interested in serving as the editor for your book project!
 
Kathy 
Jan. 7, 2010 11:06 am
I have to comment on your beautiful sunrise pictures from this morning! So glad you posted these - it was an especially gorgeous sunrise. My daughter took pictures as we drove to the high school today, too. And Mt. Baker showed beautifully as I stood on the 5th floor of the Kent, WA train station parking garage - just stunning! Happy day to you!
 
Jan. 7, 2010 11:28 am
no, I haven't found an editor or anything yet...not sure where to begin...if you want to contact me, my email is bwitchywoman@hotmail.com
 
Jan. 7, 2010 1:15 pm
Hey! Some interesting facts about Italy. About 75% of Italy is mountainous but only 20% is forested. Italian people take tremendous pride in their food and their main meal is eaten at midday. Wine is drank with every meal with the exception of breakfast. Ribbon shaped pasta is favored in Northern Italy and macaroni with tomato sauces are favored to the south. It took 2 centuries to build the Leaning Tower of Pisa, located, of course, in Pisa. The building started in 1173. A Sample Tuscan Menu Appetizer: Salvia Fritta---fried sage leaves First Course: Panzenella---bread salad Main Course, Meat: Arista---Roasted Pork Loin ------or Fish: Calamari in Zimino----stewed squid Dessert: Tiramisu Wines: Chianti and VinSanto, which is a dessert wine
 
Jan. 7, 2010 2:25 pm
Awesome!!Perhaps when His Majesty returns to work you could add a new twist to your "travels"; total immersion into the Country of Choice...by which I mean,say,three consecutive days of that cuisine! You already have discovered that Italy needed two days! And in most cases the countrys' ingredients would overlap and do double-duty. And OMG,are we All married to identical twins?? My Hubby( bless him!)tells everyone about how he can whip out a pie crust in 5 mins and how I have never mastered that one thing! No mention of toughness,chewiness,but totally believes he is a 5-star Pastry Chef! Hang in there ! We love them DESPITE thier oneriness!Loved your blog before but now it has been transported to a new,higher level!( wish I had the gumption to undertake and DO your challenge)...I will just cook my vegan pasta dish in my RV and live vicariously thru you!
 
Jan. 7, 2010 2:44 pm
Well, it wasn't that I need 2 days to do it, I just needed to redo it. I have found that I cannot cook while angry...I just can't do it. We both talked about it and decided that I just had a false start and 2nd time's the charm...I know he's looking forward to Mongolia next...LMAO!
 
Jan. 7, 2010 5:10 pm
Just want to say that I literally just found you blog today and you have inspired me beyond words! Right now I feel like a Rachael junky who has watched a 3 day marathon of 30 Minute Meals. I have laughed myself to tears while my kids watched in awe and wanted to cry when I felt your anger and frustration. Keep up the good work and I am now a devoted fan! Good luck to you in your journey and don't worry about blowing the budget one time. Worry about blowing it 3 times in a row! Have fun!
 
Jan. 7, 2010 6:02 pm
Love the idea someone gave of posting a Country in advance & everyone submitting & cooking a menu ...Soo interesting to see all those pics.An interactive Blog! Ya know, wouldn't be surprised to see a TV show outta this....would watch it !!
 
 
 
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and cupboards...you really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
 
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States