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Jun. 10, 2010 6:08 pm 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2010 3:13 pm
Today Bob and I ventured to Nepal. To be perfectly honest, I really didn't know what to expect as far as taste goes. Of course, I got grossed out reading about some of the cuisine and, yes, Nepalese people do eat yak, but I can't exactly waltz into Fred Meyer, Winco or Safeway and order a loin of yak (can you butterfly that, please?). Then I breathed a sigh of relief to read that a lot of the people of Nepal are vegetarian, but then, of course, Bob being the carnivore that he is, I knew that I had to keep searching to find something not too bizarre that happened to have meat in it. So on the menu tonight: Payajra Dhulo Masu Mango Chutney< White Rice, my own creation that I shall call Swiss Chard, Nepali Style and Nepali Spiced Tea< and to round off the meal, I added pickled cherry peppers and baby dills.
I had to share this picture I snapped a couple of mornings ago because it amazes even me! It was one of those few sunny days we had and when I woke up at 6 am, the sky was blue and it was great. Fifteen minutes later, the fog rolled in, as you can see, and an hour later, it was gone again. I love this picture! I found this beautiful bunch of red chard yesterday at the store and I knew I had to incorporate it into this Nepal meal somehow, some way...I've been a little under the weather lately and I know I could use the iron and Bob definately could, so this was something that, to me, was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Nepal is a landlocked country in southern Asia that borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. Kathmandu is the largest city and also the capital. Eight of the ten highest peaks in the world are in northern Nepal, including Sagarmantha, or Mt. Everest, as it's better known. There are over 240 peaks that are more than 20,000 feet above sea level.
The majority of Nepalese people practice Hinduism. About half of the population live below the international poverty line of $1.25 (US dollars) per day. There are five seasons: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. In a land once covered by thick forests, deforestation is a major problem with resulting erosion and degradation of ecosystems.
Of course, Bob had to deal with our beloved little vulture while he was trying to eat his Nepalese dinner...Sasha!

On a side note, I was complaining the other day that I couldn't believe that I always lose my lighter in my little purse all the time, so Bob and neighbor Bob went all out and bought me that I cannot possibly lose...can you believe that?!?!?! Looking on the bright side, I won't have to buy another lighter for probably 10 years either!

The problem I ran into was that the mango chutney called for tamarind paste. I looked and couldn't find it (this seems to be a weekly problem for me) so I used tamarind nectar instead, I figured I could just reduce it down and still get that tamarind taste anyway. It all worked out for the good, this chutney was delicious!

A typical Nepalese meal is dal-bhat-tarkari. Dal is a spicy lentil soup, served over bhat (boiled rice), served with tarkari(curried vegetables) together with achar (pickles) or chutni. Meals are traditionally eaten while seated or squatting on the floor, although urban restaurants have tables and chairs. A large mound of bhat or a pile of roti (remember roti from the India blog? It's a grilled flat bread) is served on a thali-a rimmed brass or stainless steel plate about 12 inches in diameter. The rice is surrounded by smaller mounds of prepared vegetables, chutni, pickles and sometimes curd, fish or meat. Soup-like dal or vegetables cooked in sauce may be served in separate small bowls, to be poured over the rice. Food is eaten with the right hand only, for obvious reasons, although the left may hold a glass or a cup. The right hand is rinsed before and after eating.
Here is that chutney or chutni after it was done, but before it was chilled...super good!

This is the Payajra Dhulo Masu, or curried meat. I used ground turkey in this and the turkey soaked up all that good spice taste and it was wonderful...not spicy, heat wise, but spicy in regard to all the different flavors going on in it. I made this ahead and reheated it for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

The Nepali Spiced Tea...LOVE IT!! I'll be making this a heck of a lot more often now...I love chai tea and that's what this reminded me of only it's great because I made it myself. Bob didn't care for it, but we don't count him, he doesn't like tea at all...super weird, if you ask me!

Swiss Chard, Nepali Style...I used that bunch of wonderful ruby red chard, canola oil, fenugreek seeds, sliced onions and garlic. I've never tasted fenugreek before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I do like them and I will use them more often in different things. This was Bob's favorite dish of entire meal.

And, keeping with tradition, but not having a thali, I used Corelle and put the bhat in the middle and surrounded it with the other dishes. I also added baby dills and sweet cherry peppers because the Nepalese eat a lot of different pickles, so I had these in the fridge, so I used what I had on hand.

And here is the dinner complete with the spiced tea! I'm on my second cup as I write this...I'm glad Bob doesn't like it, I don't have to share...LOL!

It happened again, neither person that I emailed sent me anything back, so Bob and I picked countries again. He picked Panama and I picked Vietnam. We had 61 people vote and 32-29, the majority of you want to see Panama next week. (How come every time I say that I have Van Halen's 1984 album running through my head? LOL!)
This week the charity I want to mention would be the ASPCA. You all know me, I'm all for the animals! They do a lot of good things out there for our four-legged friends.
In a three weeks we'll be celebrating the half-way mark of this Around the World in an RV project. Bob and I are getting together a gift-box for one of you loyal lucky readers, and it will have a bunch of little do-hickeys in it. So between now and then, in a couple of sentences, leave me a comment and tell me a couple of things: which has been your favorite country so far and why. We'll pick the best one on week 26 and let ya all know who gets the loot! This is our way of saying THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!
In my last garden update blog, I had a couple of you ask about my Cream of Seven Herb Soup so here is the link:< and if you like gorganzola, bacon and chicken, this one should be right up your alley< So enjoy!
Until we meet in Panama next week...peace!!
Jun. 10, 2010 6:15 pm
Another hit! That finished plate looks awesome! Please pass it to Denver. (that would be south, then left)
Jun. 10, 2010 6:16 pm
Just amazing! The Swiss chard looks delicious - I'll have another cyber helping of that, please! Great job as usual WW - thanks for taking me along on your trip to Nepal!
Jun. 10, 2010 6:17 pm
Looks fantastic as always. Always get a kick out of your blog. Thanks WW
Jun. 10, 2010 6:17 pm
Wow Laurrie, you blew me away with this one. This meal looks fantastic, I sooooo wishI had been there to taste it all. Like you, I love my (spiced) chai, so there is an excellent chance that I will be trying the recipe within days. Thank you so much for being so adventurous. I am travelling, and eating my way around the world with you and Bob, and it has been such a wonderful trip so far and I look forward to next week.
Jun. 10, 2010 6:18 pm
This looks divine!! My favorite RV blog was Egypt- I love couscous and kabobs, the salad was beautiful! The part I liked the most, was seeing a page from your World journal.It was so fun to see how your thoughts come together with recipes and research-and I am constantly amazed at how I feel like I traveled with you :)
Jun. 10, 2010 6:18 pm
I especially enjoyed reading this one. We sponsor a young boy in Nepal, just a year older than Carlee, so it's great to see this one featured. I'll go get the kids so they can have a look too. Both those recipes of yours sound great. Going to go check those out now, too!
Jun. 10, 2010 6:30 pm
the swiss chard looks delish
Jun. 10, 2010 6:32 pm
You guys are so adventurous! I bet Bob gets a big kick out of watching you organize all this, find the recipes, ingredients, and then whip it up. It looks delicious!
Jun. 10, 2010 6:35 pm
Wow, you are so brave to try all that, and glad that Bob will go with you in the meals. My hubby would never eat all the stuff that you've made.. he's a very southern eater here!
Jun. 10, 2010 6:40 pm
The tea sounds great! I could use a cup of that right about now. I tried to pick my favorite country and couldn't do it! Each one is so interesting that I couldn't decide.
Jun. 10, 2010 6:45 pm
LOL, you kill me! you're soooo ballsy, i love it! i love the way you plated your meal ;0 awesome blog and usual! i look forward to them every weeK!
Jun. 10, 2010 6:50 pm
Darn it must the high altitude of the Himalayas coming thru. I've enjoyed all the countries you've visited by the time I pick my favorite you'll have picked a winner for your box! Again due to the altitude instead of my usual bland comment I'm going to wax poetic. When ideas are made into things to be shared And something is certainly learned Is true esteem not earned by the one who undoubtedly dared! Cat
Jun. 10, 2010 6:51 pm
Hey Laurrie- this is my favorite blog so far because I usually get so much information from your blogs, and this time I get to share some information. I go to Devon Avenue in Chicago a few times a year and pick up Indian cooking staples, and that's where I learned that in India, there's no such thing as Chai tea, because "chai" just means tea in Hindi. The tea that I was searching for is actually called masala chai. I thought it was funny when I opened my bag of chai and just found loose tea leaves. Lesson learned! Also, I love mango chutney! One thing that I've learned from making chutney is that if you have a Mexican grocer near you, you can often find tamarind pulp in the spice section, OR use can use Mexican tamarind candy and just use less sugar in the chutney. I really love chutney- I think I could eat chutney and naan for every meal.
Jun. 10, 2010 6:57 pm
Btw, I love your sky pic! Beautiful!
Jun. 10, 2010 7:00 pm
Mmmm! WW - When I was back in Iowa in January, CP made me some Mango Chutney! Holy MOLY that was so good! mmmmmm with some fresh warm Naan! Did you love it? As usual, great blog! And I love the lighter! Man - giant lighter, camo shoes...Bob is sure spoiling you lately! Good Job Bob! ;-)
Jun. 10, 2010 7:02 pm
Nothing says true love like camo, Meagan!!
Jun. 10, 2010 7:21 pm
Wow that look so good! What a great spread! I have used chard before and even had some trouble finding that!
Jun. 10, 2010 7:43 pm
As always you have out done yourself!! I have loved all the blogs so far and refuse to choose a favorite... Mostly because I can't. You inspire me and so many others, you should be so very proud of yourself!.... Have to say I am with Bob on the tea thing.... Not a big fan, although I had a nice green and orange tea once.. So maybe there is hope for me yet? Love you, love your blogs, love your photo's. Always yours and you know in which way LMAO.... ;o) xoxoxo
Jun. 10, 2010 7:48 pm
You crack me up, Beckey...xoxoxo!!
Jun. 10, 2010 7:49 pm
Very interesting. I have seen the tamarind called for in some recipes, but have not known what to look for. I'm glad the can's picture was in the photo you took. At least I'll have some idea of what to look for!
Jun. 10, 2010 8:07 pm
WW -- This is really fascinating. I really enjoy your blogs - I'm a traveler and also teach on cultural issues so I'm always interested in the connections between foods and the cultures they come from. We have a Nepalese restaurant here in the Twin Cities. If you ever bring that RV to the midwest, it's worth a visit. And, I can recommend the yak! It's yummy!
Jun. 10, 2010 8:10 pm
Looks awesome! I loooove chutney but haven't tried making it... And that tea looks awesome :) I must have missed the original post about voting for countries... where/how do I do that?? What's on the menu next week?
Jun. 10, 2010 8:19 pm
Great blog, Laurrie! I could dive right into that plate! I want to try the chard recipe. I had a tub of tamarind paste once, I think I picked it up at a food co-op, it was hard to find at the time, but I see it all the time now in Asian & Middle Eastern grocery stores. Your Korea blog was my favorite because I actually went out the next day at bought the ingredients I needed for your recipes. :) If Bob's favorite dish was the chard, maybe you could sneak in a vegetarian meal?
Jun. 10, 2010 8:27 pm
PolkaDot...I post on the recipe exchange every Sunday and put 2 countries up for vote. I usually post 3 times throughout the day, so just watch for them!
Jun. 10, 2010 8:53 pm
As usual WOW!You are so adventuresome.Is that a word?LOL Now I'm hungry!What else is new! Love you sun rise pictures.I don't get to see a pretty sun rise in the city.When we lived in the boonies in Colo.we always had beautiful sun rises and sunsets.I've got to get me one of those lighters.I'm constantly loosing mine.LOL Have a good night.Until later.
Jun. 10, 2010 9:48 pm
WHAT? No breast of yak? We discussed this, Laurrie. You were supposed to barbeque it. I'm so disappointed in you, and now am getting depressed. I may have to see a shrink. Just kidding, of course! Looks fabulous Laurrie, another phenomenal job. We're all looking forward to Panama next week. KU, girl!
Jun. 10, 2010 9:51 pm
Since I am relatively new here, I have missed a lot of your blog. So I just took about 2 hours out and started from the beginning and had one helluva fantastic read! I'm with quite a few want me to pick a favorite??? Sorry. Just not possible. Is "ALL" a choice? Well, even if it's not, that's mine!!! Checked out all your photos, too. That was easy to pick a favorite...your wedding picture!;-) You and Bob look so loving, all cozied up together. Picture worth a thousand words! You just keep on blogging, snapping photos, cooking, gardening, and keep the rest of us smiling, salivating, and getting an international education!
Jun. 11, 2010 12:14 am
So, I log on here today to get my daily fix of life in an RV, and I find this challenge you've issued to us, your faithful readers, to pick our favorite blog.. hmmm. Well, if I MUST choose just ONE (;p), I would have to say it was Russia. Coming from a family who celebrates everything (even sobriety, apparently!) with vodka, that Effen vodka had me rolling with laughter for hours! The pics were absolutely mouth-watering, and I could almost taste each dish! I'm totally loving that lighter. I'll have to get me one of those! :) That chard looks quite tasty, and it's on sale this week, so I will certainly be trying that out!! Chai is amazing, isn't it?! Can't wait for next week!! P.S., I love do-hickeys, thingamabobbers, and doodleydads of all sorts! ;P Keep up the awesome blogs and pics!! Love ya!!
Jun. 11, 2010 1:27 am
Yep! What ^^^^ they said! In NZ, swiss shard is called silverbeet, and I'd never had it before coming here. It's really easy to gorw -- git some in your garden! I used to make gallons of mago chutney when we were in the islands, even tho I brok out in hives every time! It ALL looks delish! I think Sasha has a very well cultivated palate!
Jun. 11, 2010 1:28 am
*grow* *mango* *broke* dyslexic typing!
Jun. 11, 2010 2:01 am
WW I am really very impressed! I am going to have to go back through your posts so I can see where else you have visited. Everything you made sounds delicious! I work at a university and several grad students are from Sri Lanka, China, Korea, India, Jordan - and I have enjoyed all the food I have tried from them.
Jun. 11, 2010 4:43 am
I think I need to send you enough so you can build an outhouse and make it into a freezer room, sop you can keep all this for when I come and steal your garden produce. GREAT job! But that's getting a bit boring to say every time.
Jun. 11, 2010 4:49 am
What an amazing series this is, love it, keep it coming!
Jun. 11, 2010 5:17 am
WW, as always the food looks delish!!! I'm a tea girl and the spiced tea sounds awesome, I'm gonna have to try!! Can wait to see what comes from Panama! By the way which do you prefer-Van Halen or Van Hagar?Me, I have to go old school but Hagar has good tequila! Salt shaker little lick of lime-Cabo Wabo !!!!
Jun. 11, 2010 5:51 am
I agree the finished plate looks awesome! I love chutney especially with flat bread!
Jun. 11, 2010 6:23 am
Love the lighter that is funny! How thoughtful and sweet of your honey! The food as always looks incrediable. I'm just curiouse...I think the whole group needs to come over and sample that plate? Your fablouse WW!
Jun. 11, 2010 6:28 am
Excellent blog, as usual! I was ROFL at the image of you asking the butcher at Winco for a loin of yak, butterflied please!! My favorite blog so far has been the Ethiopia blog. One of my co-workers has a good friend who is Ethiopian and she tells me all the time that their cuisine is amazing, and your blog proved that. More than that, though, I loved how your blog brought to the forefront the fact that the Ethiopian people are suffering so much from poverty! The charity you mentioned, Charity Water, is awesome. We complain about the quality of our water, even buy water in bottles so we don't have to drink tap water, but these people are drinking MUD! They would probably cry tears of joy if they were given just one glass full of our tap water. I thought it was wonderful that you recommended Charity Water as a way we can help improve the day to day lives and health of the Ethiopian people just a little bit. Have a wonderful day...and enjoy your tea!
Jun. 11, 2010 6:28 am
Dragonfly...there is only one Van Halen and Van Halen had David Lee Roth! Although I admit I thought he was a bit ridiculous and over the top. I like Sammy Hagar on his own...3 Lock Box ruled!! I can't say as I really listened to them when he joined. Just like Aerosmith...Done With Mirrors is, in my opinion, their best was put out just after they got reunited but just before they all got clean and sober and an album that suprises me each time I listen to it! If you get a chance, listen to The Reason A Dog Has So Many Friends (is he wags his tail instead of his tongue)....kick-@ss song!!
Jun. 11, 2010 6:31 am
Another awesome blog! Mango chutney is my favorite! Looking forward to Panama..
Jun. 11, 2010 6:31 am
Yet another great blog. Which country is next?
Jun. 11, 2010 6:58 am
Hi Starburst...Panama is next week! I just sent out emails to 2 of you to pick the next 2 countries up for vote so, Citrus Punch and mauigirl...check your in-box!
Jun. 11, 2010 7:19 am
Food looks wonderful. Can't wait for Panama :)
Jun. 11, 2010 8:01 am
Thanks,'s always nice to see you!!
Jun. 11, 2010 8:23 am
Great blog as usual! Bob is a crack up - that lighter is ridiculous huge! I went on the hunt for tamarind paste a few months ago because I wanted to make pad Thai and I couldn't find it either...dang it. My favorite country you visited was Korea. My husband just got back last month from a year long deployment there and I was able to visit him for 2 weeks. The food there is outstanding and your food creations looked pretty dang tasty too! Thanks for all your hard work!
Jun. 11, 2010 8:24 am
The finished plate looks really, really tasty, WW. Thank you for making it and sharing with us!
Jun. 11, 2010 8:33 am
btw, I rarely comment on your " an RV blogs" because I would just say "AMAZING" every time and it seems a little redundant. But, I love reading them and I think I liked Korea the best...I don't even eat ribs, but that plate looked amazing (see? I said amazing...can't think of a better word!) and the Korean history is just so compelling... ~~ Anyway, don't put me in the running for the gift box...let someone more "loyal" have it, but I just wanted to tell you I do read your blogs and enjoy them. :D
Jun. 11, 2010 8:45 am
Thank you, Lynna. I read all of yours, too!! You have a lot of wisdom to teach us and I appreciate every tidbit I pick up from you!! You're awesome!
Jun. 11, 2010 8:46 am
I need a lighter that big too, because mine always get lost in my purse, lol. Great blog and keep'em coming. By the way, I love that square eared cat on your garden blog!!
Jun. 11, 2010 9:03 am
Hi, Dixie'sMom...that kitty is our neighbor Buster. Neighbor Bob belongs to him. His ear is deformed like that because he had to have a tumor removed. He is quite the character. When neighbor Bob gets home from work and lets him out, he makes a beeline for our place to see what Aunty Laurrie and Uncle Bob have to snack on. He also helps us in the garden by moving the smaller containers around to where it suits him with his head. He's a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, that cat is!
Jun. 11, 2010 9:10 am
He looks like a Buster - Laurrie! And so photogenic too.
Jun. 11, 2010 9:39 am
A FAVORITE???? a favorite?? Are ya crazy I can't pick a favorite ....okay well then...maybe Russia and your Effen Vodka! Not only did the food hit some "food memory" nerves and the Effen Vodka had me in stitches. I laughed so hard the kids thought I was nuts!!! As always loved the blog and can't wait for Panama! Keep up the wonderful work and give out best to Bob! Hope you are feeling good sweetie! Love to ya both :D
Jun. 11, 2010 11:16 am
As with all, its hard to pick a fav. but for the sake of the game, I will say GREECE. Greece is someplace I have always wanted to visit and I love Greek food. So I enjoyed that blog, the most. And hope to some day make it there ! I never knew what to do wtih Swiss Chard, and my neighbor grows it fresh every year... looks like spinach? I will have to search some Swiss Chard receipes. thanks for the idea !!!
Jun. 11, 2010 11:41 am
Great blog WW! I just came in to reading blogs lately and yours is one of the best. Not sure if I myself would enjoy the food from Nepal, but the photos are great and I have to commend you for trying some of this stuff!
Jun. 11, 2010 12:49 pm
Once again, and awesome blog, and a super tasty looking dinner! You are inspiring me more and more to take on a challenge like this in my house! Oh yes, and here is my answer to your, "what is your favorite?" question, I think I have to go with Morocco ... it just looks so yummy! Although Mexico and Sweden were close seconds, since I LOVE Mexican food and those meatballs just looked to-die-for! Thank you so much for your inspiring blogs and for including so many of us in them!
Jun. 11, 2010 5:36 pm
Looks amazing as ever. It would really be hard for me to pick just one of your blogs because they are all so wonderful and inspiring in their own way. Keep up the good work!
Jun. 12, 2010 3:06 am
Great blog as ususal! But I am with Bob- I HATE tea in any way, shape, or form! I think my favorite country has been China!
Jun. 13, 2010 5:33 am
Glad to see your Nepal blog. Everything looks delicious. You are inspiring me to try the recipes from other countries. Very difficult to say about my favorite country, probably Mexico. I love Mexican food very much, everything from salads to drinks.
Jun. 14, 2010 10:23 am
Wow, another job well done. I love the pic of Shasha staring intensely at the food. She is so adorable and who can blame her. The meal looks delicious!! As usual, I love reading the little intro of each country and I thought Nepal might be a bit more challenging but you ending up serving a wonderful meal to that lucky hubby of yours. I love the Singapore, China and Korea blog but I would pick Korea as the best. Wait, did you have a Japan blog?
Jun. 14, 2010 10:38 am
Just when you think you've read it all, along comes a new WW blog and we're off again trying not to overuse the word AMAZING! The fenugreek reminded me that an Indian friend prescribed a tea for me. She gave me this bag of seeds and said it was methi but didn't know the english word for it. I looked it up and it was fenugreek. It has all kinds of medicinal purposes. Is there a substitute for mustard oil or where would you find it?
Jun. 14, 2010 10:46 am
I did have a Japan blog...LOL!
Jun. 14, 2010 11:17 am
I would have to say Japan was my favorite. The food just looked so good it made me actually want to attempt to make it. :-)
Jun. 14, 2010 11:20 am
Thanks, Sophie's Mom...I really did enjoy the Japanese food! Like I was saying in the blog, I had help from my Aunt Aiko...I love her!!
Jun. 14, 2010 11:22 am
I used regular oil for the mustard oil. Mustard oil is pressed from mustard seeds and not available here in town. I looked online and it said to just sub regular oil, so that's what I did...good question, suzanne...hoped that helps!
Jun. 14, 2010 11:23 am
I'm going to set up an email to enter the drawing for all of you that want...I think it'll be easier than posting on here!! I'll give you all the address in this week's Panama blog!
Jun. 14, 2010 1:28 pm
Thanks WW, I guess you could put some mustard seeds in the hot oil like you do for curry.
Jun. 15, 2010 4:30 am
So what flavor did the fenugreek lend to the chard? I used to drink tea made of fenugreek and a few other herbs. It's supposed to amp up a woman's milk supply while she's nursing. I can't remember what it tasted like now and I don't think I have ever heard of someone using it as a seasoning.
Jun. 15, 2010 4:34 am
As afr as fenugreek is concerned, the Indians and pakistanis I know use it a lot in making chutneys and so on, as well as "everyday" curry dishes
Jun. 15, 2010 6:05 am
I can't really describe the flavor...I wish I could! It just made the chard interesting.
lost in mexico 
Jun. 15, 2010 6:48 am
I would love to see Vietnam luv their food and down here theres no restaurants only chinese and japanese and a poor imitation of thai I saw that you couldnt find tamarind. If you have a oriental store they have a paste. We use that over here along with fresh ones to make agua fresca. You put it to boil just for maybe 10 minutes, sweeten it up with whatever you want and its a refreshing drink escpecially know that its getting in the 100's. I love your blogs makes me feel I'm not so far from US
Jun. 15, 2010 6:57 am
Hi lost in mexico...I will do Vietnam sometime here in the future! I think it's been up for vote like 4 or 5 times...we don't have an oriental grocery here in town, just a couple of Mexican grocers and I LOVE going into the store there. One has game hens that are rubbed with spice and they are so cheap $2.49 per pound and I buy those a lot and throw them on the grill. But I looked and couldn't find tamarind, so I bought that juice instead. It all worked out for the best because that chutni was delicious and I'll definately make that again and again!
Jun. 15, 2010 7:37 am
Hi WW great blog again. The meal looks awesome, and I agree on spiced tea.. Our Sikh friends make it for after dinner when they have us over YUM. Hope I haven't been missing the emails. My work email has been bombarded with spam emails lately.. Guess that happens when you post it on site used by millions.
Jun. 15, 2010 8:32 am
Tough choice on favorite meal/county but I'm going with Mexico. It's the SoCal in me and such a part of our life! When and if you try Vietnam - make Phu. Great soup and I will mail you the necessary
Jun. 15, 2010 8:33 am
Make that country instead of county-Another cup of coffee is definitely needed!
Jun. 15, 2010 10:33 am
You have the ability to take something that sounds kinda funky, and make it into an awesome meal. I'm hungry just looking at your pics. Another killer week on your part. Yours is the best blog I have ever read.
Jun. 15, 2010 12:30 pm
If you go Nepali again you can use Buffulo for your meat lovin man. I lived in Nepal for a year and ate dahlbhatt everyday, twice a day. Water Buffulo meat is eaten by some caste groups, as well as pork, chicken and fish if avaialbe. NEVER BEEF. I love Nepali food, whish I would make it more often but it's a chore.
Jun. 15, 2010 1:46 pm
im singing right along with you Panama lol...i also agree that David Lee roth and Van Halen go together hand in hand...i also like sammy hagars work on his own! Anywho that plate of food looks delicious...i wish my family was adventurous, im the only one who loves spice so i guessi will live vicariously thru your blogs:-D
Jun. 15, 2010 1:53 pm
u should try momo's or some newari dishes, they are healthy n tasty. The beaten rice can be hard have but with the curry it should not be that much of a problem. Momos are a great party dish plus its grealy fun to make to with family and friends.
Jun. 15, 2010 2:45 pm
WW, I've been reading your blogs for months now and I just love them. I'm wondering if you can tell me where you find pans that will fit into your RV oven? We are renting a 34' motorhome and driving from Florida to Texas and planning to spend two weeks. I know the oven is small and I've been looking for pans that might be good for doing a batch of cookies or rolls. Thanks for your help. Also, just have to say, I'm going to try a small container garden next year. You're a great inspiration.
Jun. 15, 2010 3:42 pm
I use 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking pans and I found a small cookie sheet at Walmart. The cookie sheet actually came in a pack of 3 different sizes and only the smallest one fit in the oven. I call my Easy Bake Oven on Steriods. If you can find those cookie sheets, I would recommend buying 2 of them as you'll want to keep one in the oven to set your other baking pans on it because it will distribute the heat evenly. I have found from talking with others that these ovens tend to have hot spots in them. As for on the top of the stove, I have a great set of Wearever that I use. Bob bought them for me for our first Christmas and I love them. You can use metal in them and they can go into a 350 degree oven, as well! Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions!!
Jun. 15, 2010 4:56 pm
WW. . . you just keep getting BETTER!! I really want to try this meal. All of it :) Everything looks stunningly delicious. Great job, as usual! I CANNOT wait to say "We knew her when. . . " You're rocking it, gf!!
Jun. 15, 2010 5:08 pm
Ok, first I must say, wow what a interesting meal. You make it sound so good, will defintly have to try the tea. Second, I want to ask how is Bob doing? I hope good. Third, I picked, but it was not easy. I determine my favorite so far is Korea. Because I took the recipes from you, thought it looked good, and made it. Well all but the sprouts, don't like those. But the ribs and the cucumber salad was AWESOME. My next would be Ireland, but only because I am irish, LOL. I have learned so much from you blogs, and have been introduced to many different cultrues. So for that mama I think you.
Jun. 15, 2010 5:10 pm
BTW WW, I would take you foggy rainy weather over my HOT sticky humidty weather any day. Cause after it rains here on a hot day, it does not cool it down, just makes it humid, and makes you stick to everything in the world. LOL
Jun. 15, 2010 8:11 pm
WW, Thanks for the info. Will definitely be making a trip to Wal Mart. I also heard that about the ovens cooking hot/uneven. I saw something on line where they took four 6x6 unglazed tiles and placed them in the bottom of the RV oven. They said this will help distribute the heat more evenly. I'm going to Lowe's tomorrow to get the tiles before we leave on Thursday. I will let you know how that works.
Jun. 16, 2010 6:29 am
You can use the tiles, but I don't think you'll need 4, just my experience...I even used aluminum foil in a pinch and it worked good, too!
Jun. 16, 2010 8:21 am
Love the concept of your blog! great recipes too!
Jun. 16, 2010 9:42 am
Hey looks like u had fun mainly with the tea. this article really cached my eyes because i am from Nepal and I love to cook and to eat. The thali looks really good. Hope u enjoyed it.
E J 
Jun. 16, 2010 9:44 am
I've been following your blog for some time now, just never commented -- my bad! WW, your creativity just shines in all that you do. My favorite meal is immaterial. They all look wonderful. I am just delighted that BOTH of you are still enjoying them. Just wanted y'all to know that I pray for you -- joy and healing -- frequently.
Jun. 16, 2010 9:47 am
i always look foward to your blog.
Jun. 16, 2010 12:09 pm
Oh, like I can choose which one impressed me the most....? Every one of the countries you've visited, the tidbits of culture you've shared with us and the spectacular menu's & pictures make it impossible to choose. I have enjoyed them all. Keep on keepin' on girlfriend, and love to Bob, sent floating above the rain clouds here in Salem Oregon. :)
Jun. 16, 2010 4:11 pm
Great blog WW, food looks awesome!
Jun. 16, 2010 4:49 pm
I am going to try that tea! Another intersting blog! Thanks
Jun. 16, 2010 5:56 pm
Dear Witchy: This was so enjoyable, as was your recent blog about container gardening, and delicious-looking; I think the Swiss chard would be my favorite too. My own favorite Nepalese treat is momos, a delicate steamed dumpling, which I think you might enjoy; there are many recipes for this on line. (One of them says that the traditional version uses water buffalo meat, a change if you ever get tired of yak.) I prefer the vegetable ones myself; they are very subtly seasoned, possibly even with fenugreek. Do keep writing, you are such a talented blogger and I look forward to your blog entries very much. I wish you and your husband the best.
Jun. 17, 2010 7:08 am
When are your blogs NOT on the most popular blogs?? LOVE them!!! Maybe we could do something like that one day..... Maybe not!! I know some people that live in FL and take there RV to Maine for the summer, WOW!!!
Jun. 17, 2010 7:34 am
How do you make Nepalese tea?
Jun. 17, 2010 10:32 am
clovrebe...just click on the link above and that will take you to the tea recipe...hope that helps!
Jun. 17, 2010 6:32 pm
I have always enjoyed 'certain' international dishes... Chinese, Italian, Greek, Latin-American... but reading your blog, and enjoying it as I have, you've inspired me to try at least ONE new dish each week that I've never eaten before. It's made my weeks a lot less dull and it's a fun little distraction in my otherwise predictable life. I'm especially grateful for India, Nepal, and Mongolia... it's made me try some of the far eastern seasonings that I've discovered I LOVE... thanks for sharing, and inspiring us. :D
Jul. 28, 2010 3:13 pm
Interesting read - not that I plan on eating much of them right off but timely in the sense that my nephew had just returned from nepal (khatmandu) and was showing off his pictures of the trip on Face book - we talked about the cuisine too!
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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 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 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 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