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Mar. 1, 2010 7:42 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2010 4:30 pm
You ever have one of those nights where you just wanna throw in the towel and go to bed? Right now is one of those for me. I layed this beautiful blog out on blogger and went to copy and paste it here like I have been doing, but, oh h3ll no...it won't let me. But I am nothing, if not determined, so I'll just post it the old fashioned way. With that being said...
 Tonight was Egypt night in the ol' RV! On the menu was Sheesh Tawook (Chicken Kababs), Couscous with Currants and Cumin, Orange & Radish Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette and Ruzz Bi-Laban (Rice Pudding). All of these recipes can be googled with success. It's been one of those weeks. I found a neat website called simply Egyptian Food, I planned my menu, made my chicken marinade this morning and got the chicken soaking, made the vinaigrette for the salad, went to go and look again and it was GONE! Gone, I tell ya! So, I had to hunt down other recipes and I looked at many and they all looked pretty similiar. Disaster averted!
 Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments are located there, such as the Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx (I wanna go!). The southern city of Luxor contains numerous ancient artifacts, such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.
 Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The majority of the estimated 77.4 million people live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of only about 15,000 square miles. This is where the land is the most fertile for growing crops. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited.
 Like any crossroads culture (Egypt's land bridge connects with Asia), Egyptian cuisine contains ingredients and foods that grow the best in the fertile land of the Nile. The Sheesh Tawook is a popular form of Egyptian street food. Meats are generally grilled and the predominant meats are lamb and chicken.
 I know when I hear Egypt and food in the same sentence, I immediately think SPICE. I can picture an Egyptian bazaar with huge displays of spices...from the yellow of saffron to the ochres of curries to deep blues of powdered indigo dyes. Food is spiced, but not spicy. It is typical to find salt and cumin rather than salt and pepper on a restaurant table.
 With the Sheesh Tawook, I would not recommend marinading more than about 4 hours or the acid from the lemon actually starts to cook the chicken, like ceviche. I cut each chicken breast half into 8 chunks and put 4 chunks per soaked wooden skewer. This grilled up super quick and was absolutely delicious and garlicy and lemony.
 The couscous, well, neither of us really cared for it much. I thought it was ok, Bob, the trooper that he is, ate one big bite and no more...we wound up scraping it in the garbage. I tried!
 The salad was unusually delicious and I was wary after reading how to make cinnamon vinaigrette...it didn't sound right. But it was right and this salad and dressing went together like macaroni and cheese. Super yummy, I highly recommend trying it for something different.
 The Ruzz Bi-Laban was a huge disappointment. Not taste wise, that was great, but texture-wise. The recipe I read said to simmer the rice in milk for 20 minutes or so until the rice got tender. I simmered for 45 minutes and it never did. It did taste phenominal, crunchy but phenominal. I must have used the wrong type of rice or something. I don't know!
 For those of you who don't know, I do keep a World Journal (fancy title for a spiral notebook) with details from each country. So far I have cooked from nine different countries; 9 down and 43 to go! To date, in order, the countries are: Italy, Mongolia, India, Poland, Cuba, Morocco, Korea, Russia and Egypt. Each week, I give myself a $20 budget for food and supplies and whatever change is left over, I put it, literally, into a Crown Royal bag and that's my Beach Bag Fund. At the end of the year, I'm using the money for a trip to the beach. My groceries this week came to $11.45, so I was able to put $8.55 into the Beach Bag. The grand total after week 9 is $58.74....a good start for my beach trip next January.
 Again, I would like to thank every person who voted for next week's blog country on the recipe exchange yesterday. Bob picked Argentina and I chose Thailand. We had 57 people vote (a new high record number of voters, I'd like to add) and 24-33...next week's country is Thailand.
 Bob and I would like to thank everyone for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers that all of you are sending our way. It's really touching and I do believe in the power of positive thinking and prayer. His surgery is tomorrow, early afternoon. He is having 2 scopes and a biopsy done on his throat and vocal cords. I won't know anything tomorrow, but I'll let you all know as soon I find something out. So, I'll see you all in Thailand next week and until then, peace....
World Journal...I plan menus, add links, attach grocery reciepts and summarize countries in this!
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Orange & Radish Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette...not only gorgeous to look at but tasty as well!
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Couscous with Currants and Cumin
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Sheesh Tawook (Chicken Kababs)
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Ruzz Bi-Laban (Rice Pudding) Mine turned out rather crunchy!
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Egyptian Dinner
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Can I get a volunteer to help with the dishes????? Please?
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Comments
Mar. 1, 2010 7:58 pm
I'll be right over to help with the dishes,WW! GREAT blog. We used to take groups of 12 -14 to Egypt to scuba dive in the Red Sea, and we'd always spend a few days in Cairo at the beginng and offer an option to go to Luxor (home of Karnak and Valley of the Kings/Queens) at the end. We had some fantsti food! And the bazar is EXACTLY how you describe it -- so colorful! I can't wait for Thailand (we used to taske dive groups there, as well!)
 
Mar. 1, 2010 7:58 pm
PS: beaming pos thoughts at Bob -
 
Mar. 1, 2010 7:59 pm
Thanks for the great blog WW. Sorry about the couscous :( On the positive note, your new camera is looking good.
 
Mar. 1, 2010 8:04 pm
Gorgeous! The salad is beautiful and I can't wait to try it! I adore couscous- I'll share my secrets with you :)
 
Mar. 1, 2010 8:05 pm
I don't think it was the couscous so much, I made when I did Morocco and we enjoyed it, I think there was too much cumin in the recipe...it tasted, for lack of a better word, soapy to us both.
 
Mar. 1, 2010 8:16 pm
WW, you and your husband are in my prayers- I hope all goes well! Great blog, as usual. Your salad is so pretty!
 
Amber 
Mar. 1, 2010 8:24 pm
The salad looks amazing. I love radishes! Really neat. Great adventure.
 
Mar. 1, 2010 8:38 pm
Nice job WW. Best of luck tomorrow. Prayers are on the way.
 
becca 
Mar. 1, 2010 8:54 pm
I appreciate your blogs very much. I love good food and reading good blogs. You have both. Bob will do well tomorrow. Just think positive thoughts. No negativity allowed. Can't wait to go to Thailand. Thanks
 
Mar. 1, 2010 9:21 pm
Beautiful blog as always WW!!. I too love the looks of the salad, it is so pretty. Sorry about the couscous. I have never cooked that but have been wanting to try it. Still thinking of you and Bob tomorrow. Think positive thoughts!! Love and prayers to both of you. GG
 
Mar. 1, 2010 10:23 pm
I love your blogs WW:-)...... And sending many prayers your way!!
 
Mar. 1, 2010 10:46 pm
Another great blog. I love the sound (and look) of the salad! Hope everything goes well with Bob today and I'm sending positive thoughts your way.
 
Mar. 1, 2010 11:28 pm
Laurrie....I love you....you are truly amazing! this is the coolest thing ever, this blog. prayers for you and bob tomorrow! tty soon, goodnight.
 
Mar. 1, 2010 11:56 pm
Okay a couple of things WW. First off, whose kitchen is that and why did you make a mess in it? Secondly, couscous is wonderful and I'm sure that you did over do with the cumin if it had a funny taste, or soapy like you describe., Thirdly...is that a word?, Please post or share your cinnamon vinaigrette recipe. That sound so good and really something that has never crossed my mind before. The pictures are great, and I'll be thinking of you both tomorrow.
 
Mar. 2, 2010 4:11 am
Good luck today! That salad does look good.
 
dj 
Mar. 2, 2010 4:31 am
I have had something very similar to your chicken dish (shish taouk) and it was really delicious. That salad looks great as well, so please let us know where you found the recipe. Fingers crossed for you both today. Hope it goes well and is not too painful for Bob.
 
sueb 
Mar. 2, 2010 4:51 am
The cinnamon vinaigrette sounds good. I like the idea of a beach fund! I wish I could budget that kind of money for a meal!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 5:12 am
jess...you will always be one of my friends and I can't thank you enough for all the hour long phone calls and your support in this project! Avon, I will post the cinnamon vinaigrette recipe when we get back from Portland today, just for you! LOL! And, is thirdly a word? I don't know! Everybody else, I want to thank you once again for the well wishes, I do appreciate them. If anyone has an authentic recipe they would like to email me, my email is bwitchywoman@hotmail.com
 
mis7up 
Mar. 2, 2010 5:28 am
That salad looks amazing....I'm so impressed!!!!!It all very very good!!! Great Job!!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 5:36 am
Great blog, Witchy! It brought back great memories for me! Good luck to you and Bob today.
 
Mar. 2, 2010 5:56 am
Really great blog! Too bad about the rice but...oh well, on to the next country. I'll keep Bob in prayer today that the tests will go well and with as little discomfort as possible.
 
Abbey 
Mar. 2, 2010 6:13 am
Looks fantastic as always! :) I'm really excited for Thailand, I really hope you do a dish with peanut butter because I've been wanting a Thai peanut butter recipe. ;) Best wishes to your husband!
 
Tasha 
Mar. 2, 2010 6:24 am
Great job as always. That salad does look amazing. I don't care for couscous myself, it's a texture thing for me.
 
Mar. 2, 2010 6:32 am
cooks4forty...thank you for the comments you left on my post on the RE...I am always just tickled pink when I make something that remotely looks authentic! Pyrex, I'm not sure what I'll be making as far as Thai...it all depends on how Bob feels. I've made peanut butter noodles and they were delicious. What's really cool is I don't have to buy fish sauce..I already have a bottle and that stuff will last forever!!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 6:33 am
Tasha, we really enjoyed the couscous from Morocco. I know I put too much toasted cumin seed in this one. I'm fine with the texture..I liken it to grits, I don't know why!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 6:56 am
Awesome WW!! As usual, I'd rather have dinner in your RV than a five star restaurant!! Prayers for you and Bob today.
 
Jena 
Mar. 2, 2010 7:07 am
WW you exhaust me! I have so much admiration for all you're doing and it's so fun to read these blogs. Keep em coming!!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 7:11 am
Everything looks so yummy! I love your blogs! Best wishes today...
 
Mar. 2, 2010 7:24 am
Another great blog! Looks like a wonderful meal! Thanks for sharing and best of luck to you and Bob!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 8:18 am
Another great food adventure. Beeeeaaautiful looking salad. Wow. Hoping it goes well today...
 
Mar. 2, 2010 12:14 pm
Great job WW. I love the mini vacations you take us on!! I am with everyone else with the good throughts to you and Bob.
 
Mar. 2, 2010 12:17 pm
Another awesome blog! I always love to see what your next adventure will be... keep them coming! Best of luck to you both!!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 2:44 pm
I've got to try that Orange and Radish salad!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 7:27 pm
I hope this evening finds you & Bob in great condition. ~ Your Global Journal is a wonderful idea! I lived in Egypt & almost always ate the local cuisine. My fave was the 2 cent Tameyya sandwich sold on any street corner: felafel balls in a small fresh pita, with diced cucumber & a basic tahini sauce. I'm kind of surprised you & I haven't talked globally, as that is my area of lifelong interest & expertise. ~~~~ Do you budget $20 for the special meal, or for all the week's meals? ~ Kudos to you for cooking such a variety in such a tiny space!
 
Mar. 2, 2010 7:45 pm
Hope things are going OK today for you two. Loved your blog & the salad is beautiful. I,too would like that recipe. It looks so fresh & tasty! Sending positive thoughts your way!
 
Mar. 3, 2010 6:41 am
Rhianna...I budget $20 for the special meal. The rest of the week is kept completely separate!
 
Mar. 3, 2010 6:42 am
Here is the link for the salad and vinaigrette: http://touregypt.net/recipes/recipeweek12102001.htm
 
Mar. 3, 2010 7:08 am
here are the other links: Sheesh Tawook (chicken kababs) http://www.egyptiannews.com/recipes/egyptian%20chicken%kabab.htm Couscous with Currants & Cumin http://interoz.com/egypt/recipes/recipeweek09192008.htm And Ruzz Bi-Laban (rice pudding) http://members.cox.net/ahmedheissa/recricep.htm
 
Mar. 3, 2010 11:41 am
Hi Witchy Woman, Your blog is great! I am a new fan...it's fantastic to read about different food cultures from around the world. Keep it coming and I hope everything went well with your husband! Best wishes!
 
lynn 
Mar. 4, 2010 7:45 am
HI i have never talked to you b4 but i enjoy your blogs very much! I camp an love my rv and also love to cook but my husband is not as adventurous as yours. I wish him well in surgury will say a prayer for him . take care and hope everything turns out well!
 
RAE12 
Mar. 4, 2010 9:26 am
Another great blog. Healing vibes to your hubby and hope you get good news from the biopsy.
 
Mar. 4, 2010 9:39 am
What I can't wait for is Thailand! It's one of my favorite cuisines! And I already have the menu planned out, just waiting for next week!!
 
nymbus 
Mar. 4, 2010 1:10 pm
Love reading your blog, hope all is well with your family today and I just wanted to ask if Bob is ever sad that you seem to pick the winning countries most of the time? :) However it goes, I'm looking forward to Thailand!
 
Mar. 4, 2010 2:40 pm
I don't usually have time for blogs, but the title of your post caught my eye on the home page so I had to see what you were doing to our food. ;) The couscous sounds like it had too much cumin. Cumin is definitely the spice of choice (as you said: salt/cumin on the table instead of salt/pepper), but it's easy to overdo and if you overdo it, it's just gross. LOL I wouldn't worry about it too much though since couscous isn't Egyptian anyhow. We prefer rice. Roz bi-Laban is a staple around here; my husband has a serious sweet tooth so Mama made sure I had her recipe. :) How did you manage to make yours "crunchy" though?
 
Mar. 4, 2010 3:06 pm
My mommy lives in LOngiew, so it's nice to hear from someone lives near her!! Great blog, everything looks really good.
 
Mar. 4, 2010 4:03 pm
Hey WW, I'm from india and we have something called "Kheer" or "Paisum" depending on the region. It's a type of rice pudding, one thing that we do is cook rice in water the normal way and then as soon as its a little tender, put it into simmering milk. Milk will actually stop the cooking of rice. the cooked rice will absorb the milk and spices when cooked. (no salt or oil or anything like that) You can even use day old rice and for some reason its even better. :)
 
Mar. 4, 2010 6:09 pm
AmalAmer...I used long grain rice and I have since found out that you don't use long grain, you use short grain...at least that's what I read! I don't know!! I managed to break my leg once just walking down the road, so with me...who knows!!
 
Mar. 4, 2010 6:11 pm
nymbus...Bob isn't sad if his country doesn't win...I asked him if he was and he said no because either way he gets to eat good!
 
Mar. 4, 2010 6:13 pm
cookin_4_2....how cool, I've had a lot of people glance at my profile and they think I still live in Forks...not the case...I've lived in Longview for years now. LOL! Are you from here, too?
 
Mar. 4, 2010 6:14 pm
SusieQ...thank you so much for the advice on the rice...I really do appreciate it!
 
Mar. 4, 2010 6:14 pm
If anyone has an authentic ethnic recipe that you would like me to consider for a future blog, please email me at bwitchywoman@hotmail.com!
 
Vicky 
Mar. 4, 2010 9:37 pm
Hey Witchy - are you guys getting any smelt? I'll come up from West Linn with a killer potato salad and fry some up for us or if you prefer you can come down here and you WILL get fed good. There's plenty of room. The only smelt here are the stuff from Alaska right now and I haven't had a good mess of them for probably 20 years. Anyway, have a great weekend.
 
Mar. 5, 2010 6:22 am
We're not getting any smelt yet, Vicky...send me an email, so I have yours and I'll definately let you know, ok?
 
Mar. 5, 2010 6:34 am
You are going to love Thai food! I am praying for husband! Thanks again for a fun read!
 
Mar. 5, 2010 11:53 am
Not so, the size of the grain doesn't make a difference. I only use basmati or jasmine rice and it turns out every time. The advice from SusieQ is right on target: you must cook the rice before boiling in the milk. The milk doesn't cook the rice; what it does is pull the starches out of the already cooked rice which gives it that nice and creamy consistency, YUM! I finally found the link to the recipe you used amongst all these posts and found that Mr. Ahmed had conspicuously left that point out of his recipe. You'll find that Egyptians often leave out the "obvious" details ("Gee, I thought EVERYONE knew that!" LOL) .. one of my husband's crazy-making traits that I have simply had to accept as "endearing" and leave it at that! ;)
 
kyriee 
Mar. 5, 2010 1:06 pm
hey witchywoman, Im Egyptian but iv never heard of couscous being eaten in Egypt. I guess it's called something else here. n ruz-bl-laban is actually one of my favourites :D Glad to hear you liked the food overall =)
 
Mar. 5, 2010 1:13 pm
I did like the food overall...I don't know much about Egypt at all, that's why I'm doing this series of blogs...so I can learn. I got the couscous recipe off a website and that's all I can go by. I had leftover couscous from Morocco week, so when I saw that recipe, I thought, "All Right!" but it was just a case of too much cumin. I will try the ruz bi-laban again following your advice. Like I said, it was delicious, but crunchy, and I would really like to taste it how it's supposed to be made. Thank you for sharing the secret with me!
 
Mar. 5, 2010 2:12 pm
Oh one more note, when you boil the rice in the milk be sure it is a soft boil, not a rolling boil. Usually I turn the heat up to make it boiling, then turn it down to medium flame and let it go for a few minutes. The longer it simmers in the milk, the more the rice breaks down and the creamier it gets. :) I also like to throw in a few whole cloves, cardamom pods, and/or cinnamon stick to add to the flavor. Enjoy!
 
Mar. 5, 2010 3:58 pm
Thank you, AmalAmer...I will definately try this recipe again using your advice. I really do appreciate it! Thanks again :)
 
MsVal 
Mar. 6, 2010 12:03 am
Those pics are great, it practically looks good enough to eat, WW! ;-) J/K girl, looks absolutely scrumptiously wonderful. Love your new avatar too, gorgeous doggy!! ( I know what you mean about too much cumin, it's good stuff but it is easy to overdo it with that stuff. Ever notice when you get a whiff of it when your bottle is fresh it's kinda like "armpit"?) yeah, I know, sorry! Keep up the awesome blog WW, I read you first when I get time to come in and hang out! Hugs!
 
Jualie 
Mar. 6, 2010 2:58 am
I'm not sure how authentic this is but I love love love couscous made with OJ as some of the cooking liquid - proportions are up to you but half juice half chicken broth is my fave. Then add pistachios and golden raisins. Super easy and I could eat it all day! PS I think your doggie is hypnotizing me!
 
Mar. 6, 2010 5:51 am
WW your blog is always uplifting and full of fun and great food. Keep up the great work. I have trying to add new foods to my families will eat list you seem to have a better handle on this them me.. ( They are whiners and pickey)
 
Mar. 6, 2010 6:49 am
MsVal & Jualie...thanks for the dog comments. When I first snapped that picture, I think I must have went back and looked at Puppa 20 or 30 times. He NEVER stays still for pictures (cuz he's a stinker!) and so I just got out the camera, made him sit at the top of the stairs into the fifth wheel part of this RV and just started talking to him. I think when I downloaded them onto the computer, I had like 124 pictures of him. And this one was the ONLY one that turned out! When I can capture him on camera, it's usually a memorable one. Thanks!
 
Mar. 6, 2010 6:50 am
Jayashiangel...I am tickled to hear that word "uplifting" about my blogs!
 
Lisa 
Mar. 6, 2010 7:30 am
Your husband and you are in my prayers.
 
Mar. 6, 2010 8:55 am
Thank you, Lisa...that really means a lot to us!
 
Mar. 6, 2010 9:13 am
Hi! Just note from an american living in egypt...we don't actually eat couscous here, we usually eat rice with everything! that could b why the recipe you had for it from egyptian cooking did not work out well. good luck on the surgery! christina
 
lori 
Mar. 6, 2010 9:24 am
hi ,nice set-up of your cooking.i am american and live in alexandria,egypt.i truely never heard of this salad dressing,,please as cinnamin is so heathly for you. plz add the recipe.
 
Mar. 6, 2010 10:47 am
I found the couscous recipe when I googled Egyptian recipes, I didn't realize that couscous was not eaten in Egypt. Lori...I posted the link to the cinnamon vinaigrette above on one of my posts...
 
Mar. 6, 2010 12:43 pm
Wow- I love your journal! Such a great idea to do a different country each week. Have to go back and read your earlier entries...
 
Mar. 6, 2010 1:41 pm
Thanks, Juli...I keep pretty precise notes in my journal, that way I can just look back and see what I did, where I went to do it and what it was like!
 
Mar. 6, 2010 2:36 pm
Great blog! Thanks for sharing. Puppa is a cutie, too!
 
Rose Ann 
Mar. 6, 2010 4:48 pm
This is just too cute, I love your zest for life. I was lucky to live in Cairo for 3 exciting years. My favorite recipe was Mashe', (rice stuffed vegetables, zuchinni, and baby eggplant, rice had dill weed.
 
Mar. 6, 2010 6:52 pm
Thanks, Pam...it took me quite a while to be able to get that picture of him, practically every time I try, as soon as I hit the button, he looks away. Rose Ann, Thank you for that! I'd love to have that recipe if you have it!
 
Mar. 7, 2010 8:36 pm
WHAT A COOL BLOG! i cant wait to read more and try some of these.... thoughts and prayers are with you and bob... hope all is ok...
 
Glendaleman 
Mar. 7, 2010 10:37 pm
I hope the surgery went well. I just found your blog today and having been born in Egypt (Dad was Egyptian) I found your story and descriptions true to heart. The ruz bil laban is so authentically Egyptian and yes, it is true, the most obvious details are infuriatingly left out of recipes from the Mediterranean. I have a 130 cookbook hand written by my great grandmother which states things like, "after you've prepared the dish, take it to the baker. When it gets back, do this and this..." LOL The cinnamon vinaigrette and the couscous are not authentically Egyptian but I know that in some quarters in Egypt, the dressing would be used. Couscous is almost never used in Egypt except as a sweet dessert. But I'm sure it would have been great. Try it another time without so much cumin. Again, enjoyed your blog. Keep me posted and I might send you some more Egyptian, Greek and Albanian recipes.
 
Mar. 8, 2010 6:02 am
We're hoping too, lori! (Hey that's my name!! But mine's Laurrie)...we haven't heard anything yet.
 
Mar. 8, 2010 6:04 am
Glendaleman...I do have Greek on my list. If you go back through my blogs to January 2010, the blog is called "Wanna Take a Trip Around the World in an RV"...and it gives the list of countries I chose. My email is bwitchywoman@hotmail.com if you want to send me any ethnic recipes, I will treasure them all.
 
Robin 
Mar. 8, 2010 12:23 pm
If you want to make an attempt at your couscous again, Google "curried couscous". It is absolutely delicious! Your blog is awesome - I enjoy reading it very much!
 
Mar. 8, 2010 12:44 pm
thanks, Robin, I'll definately google that!
 
Mar. 8, 2010 4:30 pm
I want to say thank you for the wonderful blogs and your photos, I always look forward to reading them. Coming from north of the border your photos remind me of home, now that I'm living in Australia. And I enjoy voting for your country of the week. And I hope your husband is well and that all his tests are good.
 
 
 
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava www.bakedlava.com and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is www.valleybugler.com. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
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 and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. 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.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
 
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