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Around the World in an RV is Your Project Too! 
Apr. 10, 2010 8:21 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Hi, everyone! Bob and I have been talking it over and since he is set to start radiation in less than 2 weeks, he'll be out of commission for a while. So we mulled it over and decided to let you all be involved in this project to an extent.
 There is going to come a time, after a few weeks of treatments, that Bob won't be able to eat the food. He wanted me to just pick the countries myself, but I didn't think that would be fair to all the supporters out there, so we've decided to turn the choices over to all of the readers.
 This is what we want to do...if you want to be in the weekly drawing to be able to pick a country to be put up for vote, just leave me a message on this blog and every Friday we will randomly pick 2 names and I notify you on Saturday if it's your turn. If you are picked, let me know on Saturday what country you would like to see up for vote and I'll post the threads on the Recipe Exchange every Sunday, like I've done all along. Tomorrow, Maggi and Band Mom Becky have chosen the countries up for voting and I really appreciate the help from both of them.
 The countries that are still on the list are:
French Polynesia (Tahiti)
the Philippines
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
(UK) England
When I started this, it was with the best of intentions, no claim to the authenticity of the dishes. I just wanted to show people what you could actually accomplish in a small space in an RV and taste different cuisines from around the world. This is probably the most economical way for me to travel, to actually go would cost more money than Bob or I have to spend. The town here where I live does not have a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, so in order to taste all the foods I want to try, I have to make them myself. So these blogs are done in the spirit of that particular country, not for the sake of being authentic. Let's face it, a lot of authentic ingredients are not available to me. So, I reserve the right to make reasonable substitutions when needed.
 I appreciate all the support I have gotten from all of you and when I felt like giving up, you all had some say in that, along with Bob, so the project will live on. I have 37 out of 52 countries left and I'm looking forward to a lot of them and some of them, to be perfectly honest, I'm dreading! But I figure that anything that is worth doing can't be all wine and roses...there has to be thorns along the way. So, for now, I need your help with choosing the countries. If you want to be included, please leave me a message. Thanks again for all of your support in this project and also, please accept our heart-felt thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts you have been sending us in, so far, what has been one of our lowest points. Bob will beat this cancer, I know this, and you all have a hand in that as well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! YOU ALL ROCK!!
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4-10-10 Sunrise...I took this as a sign this morning that we have made the right choice!
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Apr. 10, 2010 8:27 am
I guess I should have included that I will post the 2 people on the Recipe Exchange on Satuday morning...unless you prefer an email, if that's the case you can either leave your email here or email me bwitchywoman at hotmail dot com!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:28 am
Yay! First to comment (if no one beat me to it) :) Cambodia and France, our pastor went to Cambodia, and said it was amazing, my hubby has been to Greece and Turkey!! Anyway, France has always been a place I have wanted to go to, seems so Frenchy!! Love your blogs! Nancy
Apr. 10, 2010 8:29 am
Oh, and recipe exchange will be fine for me!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:29 am
I got you on the list, Nancy!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:31 am
Thank you for not giving up. Your blog was one of the first I started reading and I happen to look forward to it. The positive attitude you both have will take you farthur than you can ever realize. On a side note I now have a face to go with the name :)
Apr. 10, 2010 8:31 am
Awesome! And, a question, since I am new to AR, what does your husband do, and why do you travel in an RV??? That would be really awesome, but not with 5 kids!!!!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:35 am
My husband is an industrial electrician who travels around and does the wiring for mills and chemical companies. He's a road-dog that's why the RV, that way I'm not constantly packing up and moving homes, and we bank a lot of money this way so he can take months off work, 3-4 months a year.
Apr. 10, 2010 8:36 am
I would love to do it!! And you've got my e-mail :) Glad you are going to continue this project!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:39 am
I'm not going to ask right now to be one of the people who get the honor of choosing a country, because I'm not ever sure WHEN I'll be able to check in...and I usually miss the voting LOL! However, I wanted to say I'm SO glad you are continuing this project. I enjoy reading your blogs each week, even though I may not comment on them. I love how you research the countries and give us information about their histories as well as the cuisine. Regarding Bob's cancer - it sounds like both of you have very optimistic attitudes about his treatment and recovery and that's half the battle! I, too, believe that Bob will beat this thing and you two will go on to enjoy growing old together. We love you both!!! ((((HUGS))))
Apr. 10, 2010 8:41 am
Keri...Bob already is OLD!!! LMAO!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:41 am
India..yummy! My prayers go our to you and your hubby!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:42 am
Well India isn't on the list...China!!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:48 am
When you leave a msg. please also include if you want to be notified on the exchange or by email. You don't have to leave your email, I left mine! Just send me one over! If you get picked...then let me know your choice of country...I'll let Bob choose the two people every Saturday, that way he still is included in this, as well!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:49 am
HNTAOMP...I did India the 3rd week!! LOL! I love the enthusiasm here, it's great to see that!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:50 am
Hi WW - I would like to participate. Let me know when. Thanks!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:53 am
You've got it, Nana! You're on the list!!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:00 am
WW, just wanted to say thank you for not letting those dorks beat you down and God Bless you and Bob for this spirit of giving. People like me who will never see these places, and certainly could never imagined cooking this cuisine are encouraged to try, educated in cultures I would never have researched, and just thoroughly entertained. My 13 yr old grandson enjoys these blogs too, so screw authenticity, please keep 'em coming. We would be honored to participate, and again, (you know by now) we keep you and Bob in our prayers.
Apr. 10, 2010 9:02 am
Thanks, you want your notification by exchange or email?
Apr. 10, 2010 9:08 am
Probably won't participate but will enjoy reading the blogs! ~ignore the trolls~ (((((hugs))))) to you and Bob. I will be praying for a quick recovery.
Apr. 10, 2010 9:14 am
WW.... Id love to participate....i shoot ya an email that way you will have my email address:-)
Apr. 10, 2010 9:14 am
LMAO too! Okay, can enjoy growing old while he grows OLDER :-)
Apr. 10, 2010 9:15 am
Gotcha Silla...Keri, I couldn't resist that!!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:18 am
ww, i am also so glad that u are continuing. due to my uncertain schedule i will decline participation, but my eyes will be on ur blog every week :D
Apr. 10, 2010 9:19 am
Thanks, Hot Coco...I appreciate the support!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:28 am
Put me down! I'm so happy you are doing this! Atta girl!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:31 am
I pick Ethiopia Seems like it would be easy but hard
Apr. 10, 2010 9:31 am
I about if I just call you if Bob picks your name...LOL!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:33 am
Sorry, just came back in. Email is, but will try to check in to the exchange more often. Gone for a week at Easter and all kinds of happened.
Apr. 10, 2010 9:34 am
SeHawk...I'll call you too!! LUV YA LIZ!!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:37 am
gotcha down lindadiane!! Thanks!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:47 am
Put me down witchywoman! I dont usually get on the exchange so if you could email me that would be great! Yours was the first blog i started reading and i absolutely LOVE it! you are SUCH an inspiration!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:48 am
**I meant i dont get on the exchange on saturdays usually**
Apr. 10, 2010 9:51 am
I gotcha down shan...shoot me over an email so I have your addy!!
Apr. 10, 2010 9:51 am
More than happy to play along ....and either RE or eMail is fine ... psgooda *at* actually occurs to me that I am probably here in AR far far more often than checking my mail...
Apr. 10, 2010 9:52 am
Apr. 10, 2010 9:54 am
When it's your turn, Phil, I'll just shoot you a post on the exchange!!
Apr. 10, 2010 10:21 am
Apr. 10, 2010 10:26 am
Count me in, WW! You have my e-mail addy. And bless you for continuing this project. To he** with the naysayers or those who claim a recipe isn't authentic. They probably can't even boil water!
Apr. 10, 2010 10:30 am
Pick me! Pick me! I'd love to be involved. When it's my turn if you still are using us, either the RE or an email will be fine. Do you still have my email address? And good luck to Bob, so glad to hear it was stage 1. Very treatable indeed.
Apr. 10, 2010 10:34 am
I would love to be in on the choosing end of the deal, and since I would still get to vote, it would be all good. Best to email me at though, since my AR visits are sporadic these days. Thanks!
Apr. 10, 2010 10:57 am
Cactus Rose, Avon, & dj...gotcha all down! Avon..I do still have your email!!
Apr. 10, 2010 11:07 am
Sorry but I won't be able to participate but will certainly be looking forward to your blog as I always do! You and Bob inspire me and all of us with your cheerful outlook on things! I am joining in with everyone else in praying for you both on a regular basis. I know you will come out on the other side with smiles on your faces!!! Keep on keeping on and stay strong! I am looking forward to many more interesting "trips" you will be taking in your RV! God Bless!!!! Ginny
Apr. 10, 2010 12:45 pm
I would love to participate! Looks like I missed my opportunity to be first but whenever you pick my name...I'll be ready. Best by email which I think you have. Great idea by the way!
Apr. 10, 2010 1:53 pm
I wold be honoured to participate. I always read your blogs. I don't often comment (I'm a little intimidated by your prose) but I love them. I would be happier if you invited a girlfriend, aneighbour, a friend, a relative or a kind (not scary) stranger to dine with you though. You may need the routine of someone to cook for to keep focused, sane and rooted... Praying for the best for Bob and strength for you..
Apr. 10, 2010 1:58 pm
LMP...our neighbor is a gem and I'm happy to cook for him, his name is Bob, too!
Apr. 10, 2010 2:35 pm
I would love to be included. I am kind of jealouse of you. It seems so cool, this whole idea. I am in an unfortunate space where I could not do what you are doing. So I am completely jealous of you. It would be awesome to help you pick a country. I am amazed by you attitude. The postive comments and all that. That is what Bob needs. We go thru life not thinking of others, just of our own needs. I fear sometimes that we have become selfish in our quest for the pursuit of stuff. But sometimes you find these pockets where people are being completely unselfish, and you always find them in the most unusal place. And I have found it hear. It gives me hope. I would like to also ask you guys to pray for a very special ladie. Her name is Margarite, and she is the most remarkable woman I have ever met. She is 80 years old and still living on her own. And she is the most FANTASTIC cook I have ever had the opportunity to eat for. She reminds me of a very Southern Woman. So graceful, so proper, and almost frail like. But really she is not. And everytime I have the privilage of going to her home, she always smells like roses. I have a picture in my mind of her in the kitchen of a Southern Plantation. She was defintly born of a different era. But right now she is not doing so well, the hospital admitted her last night to the ICU unit, with pneumonia. So I am really worred about her. She means soo much to my adopted sister, it would break her heart if she was to go, and mine to. Please put her in your prayers. Thanks. And WW, sorry for takeing the space on your blog, please forgive me, but I had to get it out there.
Apr. 10, 2010 2:38 pm
No way...don't you dare be sorry!! Of course I'll be praying for Margarite...absolutely! Do you want me to post for you on the exchange or send you an email when Bob picks your name? If you don't want to throw your email out here, you can send me one at Hugs and prayers from us to Margarite and your family!!
Apr. 10, 2010 2:53 pm
I think that would be cool to be able to pick! Count me in! :)
Apr. 10, 2010 3:02 pm
As the song says "keep on keepin'on". You are an inspiration for all of us and we're glad you are going to continue. Looking forward to a new matter where you will make it an enlightening experience.
Apr. 10, 2010 3:22 pm
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate! I will pass, (my attendance on the RE is spotty and I'm terrible at checking email. I wouldn't want to let you down by missing it if my name came up!) but just wanted to share that I admire you a lot; your great attitude toward life. Even when it tries to knock you down, you are right back up again. All the best, CC.
Apr. 10, 2010 4:15 pm
WW you are truly an inspiration to me! I wish we lived closer to one another, I know we would be great friends! I am going to decline in participating - only because I don't want to "miss" my turn and disappoint! I always read your blogs and look forward to them. Thanks and prayers out your way for Bob - he'll be fine and so will you!!
Apr. 10, 2010 4:28 pm
My AR participation is too unpredictable for me to be among the selected nominators. (The Nominators) sounds like a Schwarzenegger film, huh? I digress (as usual)... You know my vote would be Japan...always, so if that one is among your batch of dreadeds, fear not. Someone has a oknomiyaki recipe on AR that lends itself to improv. Glad you are continuing the blog. I've done the country by country cooking with a women's group in years past, and it is fun AND informative. Many are being blessed by your labor of love. Praying the blessing splashes back on you and Bob till you are just drenched by it.
Apr. 10, 2010 5:01 pm
Actually, I'm looking forward to Japan...I have a Japanese aunt and her name is Aiko and when she cooked, I paid attention. She is wonderful!!
Apr. 10, 2010 5:27 pm
Thanks for the honor of picking a country. We shall see how the votes go but no matter what - it is a fun & wonderful journey!!
Apr. 10, 2010 6:01 pm
Include me! Reach me here on AR or by email, if you try them both, you should be able to catch me!
Apr. 10, 2010 6:05 pm
I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog and always look forward to seeing which country you are choosing next. I would love to participate and will shoot you an e-mail. Prayers going up for you and Bob.
Apr. 10, 2010 6:13 pm
Gotcha both down, sueb and Paula...thanks, Maggi!! You are good to go, my friend!
Apr. 10, 2010 6:49 pm
Me too! I want to be included if thats ok??? :o)
Apr. 10, 2010 7:05 pm
you got it, Beckey!! I already have your email, so you're good to go!!
Apr. 10, 2010 8:44 pm
:o) You do indeed, how good is that!!!! :o)
Apr. 10, 2010 10:32 pm
I think you may have your dance card full, but I'll take a slot if available. I'm pretty good about the exchange but with the time difference, and e-mail (address on my FB profile) would be a good back-up.
Apr. 10, 2010 11:56 pm
WW, I'd love to participate if there is an open slot. I'll shoot you an email. I have learned quite a bit of geography along with some wonderful food ideas. You have inspired me to broaden my horizons. As always prayers for you and Bob.
Apr. 11, 2010 6:52 am
Absolutely, Good EatNZ and got it and I got you both down, thanks!
Apr. 11, 2010 7:35 am
WW I would be honored to participate either the exchange or email would be fine. Wish Bob good luck from my family to yours and as always you are both in our thoughts and prayers! Thank you :)
Apr. 11, 2010 8:08 am
LOL! That pirate picture was a necessary evil Bob had to endure as that trip to the beach was my birthday present from him and he had to do whatever I wanted and I wanted to pose for a picture. It was either pirates or the old-timey saloon-type picture and I like the pirate concept. I think he makes a good Capt. Kidd, don't you? And we used Puppa as a prop...he wasn't even a year old in that picture and for the life of me, I can't figure out how the photographer got him to sit still to snap that! He doesn't look like a real dog to me, he looks like a prop! I got both you and KSAZA down!! Thanks, guys!!
Apr. 11, 2010 8:10 am
I vote Armenia
Apr. 11, 2010 8:39 am
do you want me to notify you on the exchange or by email, Ken, when Bob draws your name??? That's when you get to throw Armenia, or whichever country you want out there for a vote!! Let me know!
Apr. 11, 2010 4:12 pm
Sorry, read it wrong. I vote Denmark. No "special" brownies or anything like that. HaHa
Lucky Jr Eskie 
Apr. 12, 2010 4:19 pm
If you guys get the chance (although I don't know where in Argentina you are), try to cross over for a day trip to Uruguay (Colonia del Sacramento is the port from BA) & try their meats - I find them completely different from Argentina's (who use some of the same types of meal for cattle as we do in the states & U.K.). I believe they use nothing - no meal (I guess they only eat grass). Also, while you're in that part of the world, see if you can find an Emporio de Los Sandwiches & try the sandwiches de choclo (cream corn sandwiches - they are to die for!) & ANY puff pastry dessert or pan dulce (our pannettone). God! I wish I was there also! Your blog has me salivating!
Apr. 12, 2010 6:10 pm
Hi Lucky Jr Eskie...I'm not in Argentina...I'm cooking a different meal each week from a different country from around the world in my RV here in Washington state for $20 or less. Whatever money is left over from the $20 goes into my "Beach Bag" which is actually a Crown Royal bag and at the end of the year I'll use the money that I've saved up to take a trip to one of our beautiful beaches here in Washington, or possibly Oregon. Unfortunately, Uruguay isn't on my list, but I'm not decided if, at the end of the year, to continue on and cook from all the countries in the world. I figure if I do that, it will take me around 4 years. Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!
Apr. 12, 2010 7:21 pm
Hi WW! I would like to pick a country if you have any left-lol:-) I have no idea how to get to RE? Help? I joined in 12/09 and just started here a few months ago- I would love to check out the recipes that were already made:-) Please contact me at or thru FB? Just incase I dont find RE? Keeping you and Bob in my prayers. All will be well:) Carol:-)
Apr. 12, 2010 7:22 pm
sorry for typo- that was
Apr. 13, 2010 8:24 am
I'll send you an email when Bob picks your name outta the hat, ok, Carol? You're in!
Apr. 13, 2010 11:48 am
Glad your still going to cook, but sad that Bob won't be able to eat ; ( I love reading your blog and am trying to do the same thing with the kids so they know there is more out there than chicken nuggets and french fries!! Although my husband is a little reluctant because of our curry dinner that was good , the smell lingered for weeks!! Wishing you and Bob prayers and well wishes, till next time.....
Apr. 14, 2010 9:10 am
I won't be on RE consistently enough on Sat.'s. Also, I'll be reading no matter which country is happening, so I won't choose. Is Portugal not happening next? (If not, try shouting out to me when you are doing Portugal, ok?) Take care!
Apr. 14, 2010 9:37 am
Finally I got to the end of this! Please count me in! you have my e-mail. Anything we can do to help you two out!
Apr. 15, 2010 8:56 am
Got ya down, Dog Fish Head!!
Apr. 15, 2010 8:57 am
Hi Rhianna...Portugal is tonight!!
Apr. 16, 2010 7:10 am
This is the first time I've seen your blog and enjoyed it..I was wondering if Bob is drinking alkaline water? We discovered this water filter system while we were also fulltime RVing. The health benefits from detoxification are too numerous to share here so please do your own research. The one we recommend is also listed in the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) so you can check it out with Bob's MD. You can get more info at PDR info:

You are both in my prayers :)
Apr. 16, 2010 7:24 am
Thanks, cwrob...we are buying him cases upon cases of spring water right now, our tap water tastes like a rubber hose and it's gross. We also give our dogs and cat bottled water as well!! I'll check on that, though...
Apr. 16, 2010 7:59 am
Hi...Put my name into Bob's pile too. I am of Swedish descent, so Sweden would be my choice.
Apr. 16, 2010 8:56 am
I got ya down, Kat!
Apr. 16, 2010 8:57 am
And I'll be doing Sweden next week!!
Apr. 16, 2010 9:46 am
I love your blog. I look forward to reading it every week. I would love to help you with this venture. It is such an awesome idea. I am new to AR so I am not sure what the recipe exchange is. Better stick to e-mail for me. As always my family and I will include you and Bob in our prayers.
Apr. 16, 2010 9:56 am
Your blog is great. It always catches my eye and makes for good reading not to mention inspirers me to try things that aer out of my comfort zone. All the best.
Apr. 16, 2010 10:07 am
Here's to tuggin on the robe for your hubby :)
Apr. 16, 2010 10:40 am
Mrs.Miller2010...go ahead and shoot me over an email so I have your addy..just put AR in the subject so I know what it's for. My email is above! Pjaros...thanks, I appreciate that!
Apr. 16, 2010 7:38 pm
I think Cuba should be on the list! Medianoche sandwiches are my new obsession :) Ooh and coconut soda yum!
Apr. 16, 2010 8:29 pm
my dad had radiaton for throat cancer at 84 years old, did very well. he passed at 96years drove till 3 weeks before he got sick. he had a stroke. prayers for you and bob stay stay strong
Apr. 17, 2010 5:21 am
Cancer thrives in an acidic environment but it cannot live in an alkaline environment.While the FDA tests both bottled water for impurities, it is not required to monitor the water's pH level. Neutral water has a pH balance of 7 and an ideal pH level for drinking water 9.5. Dr. Robert O. Young tested 60 of the best-known bottle water brands in the world and found that only two had a pH level at or above 9.5, and 30 (including best-known brands such as Fiji, Aquafina, and Perrier) had a pH level below 7.0, meaning they actually are acidic.[1] The age of bottled water affects its pH level, as do changes in temperature and exposure to oxygen.
Apr. 17, 2010 5:24 am
I would love to have you follow me on my new blog BTW Longview WA is one of our favorite places to RV. We also spend alot of time RVing in Anacortes WA.
Apr. 17, 2010 7:41 am
jualie...I've already cooked Cuba in week 5.'s good to hear that your dad did well with the radiation, it sure does pick my spirits up to hear that! cwrob...I did not know that about bottled water, I guess I'll be looking into that and I definately will go take a look at your blog! It's nice to talk to someone who's been here in Longview!!
Apr. 17, 2010 7:00 pm
I'm glad you are going to continue to "travel". I'll hang out with you and Bob and enjoy the ride. My prayers are with you both.
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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 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