Saturday, June 22, 2019

Spinach and Chickpea Stew

This easy and tasty recipe is based on this Palestinian Chickpea and Spinach Stew, I just simplified it a little and omitted a few ingredients that I didn't have on hand. It's quickly becoming a staple in our house.  I also don't have a pestle and mortar and it tastes fine, although I think one would be useful.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Southern Sourdough

I Started making this bread after Christmas, just before Christmas we had a big snow storm and my kind neighbor brought us some of his delicious sourdough bread, I asked him for the recipe and he kindly brought over the recipe and all the ingredients to make it. 
This recipe is fairly easy and it makes 4 loaves of sourdough, its a mild tasting and soft bread and because it makes so much its fun to give loaves to teachers, co workers, friends and neighbors. It's also fun for kids to make. On the weeks, I don't want to make bread I simply feed the starter, mine must be about 5 months old now. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

On a recent trip to New Mexico we visited Bandelier National Monument, this was in fact the favorite part of the trip it was amazing seeing these ancient cliff dwellings and the fascinating desert landscape. 

The Ancestral Pueblo people lived here from around 1150 CE to 1550 CE, building homes carved from the volcanic tuff and planted crops in fields along the river. 
This area reminded up a little of Matera in Italy an ancient city with cave dwellings built in a very dry area, people were able to live in both places because of the presence of a natural spring that feed a stream and supported agriculture and life there. Matera is still lived in to this day however the pueblo Indians left this area in 1500's when droughts became bad and the area was no longer easy to live in. 
The drive from Santa Fe was beautiful and if returning to Albuquerque be sure to drive through Jemez springs. The High dessert landscape is fascinating in the highest elevations you can find snow and pine trees in the lower areas, wonderful red rock formations, cacti and brilliant bold skies. 

You can climb into various of the houses and get a sense of how the Native Americans lived. 

In this short clip you get a sense of the beauty and quiet of the canyon and even hear the stream.

Entering a cave the kids loved this.

It gets really hot be sure to wear a hat and drink lots of water, the visitor center also has water fountains. 

Where have you visited recently to learn about ancient history?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Masala Spiced Salmon

This simple recipe is inspired by my Husbands South Indian fish fry, I simply marinated the salmon in masala powder than pan fried it, removed some of the oil and finished it off by poaching it. The kids and even my hubby approved.


  • a few salmon fillets
  • about 1-2 tablespoons of masala powder mixed with oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 small tomatoes sliced 
  • a little fresh basil
  1. coat the salmon with the masala powder and oil with salt and pepper and let it sit for an hour.
  2. add a little olive oil to a hot pan and sear the salmon on each side for about 5 min, then remove excess oil, add tomatoes and a lid and poach for another 5-10 minutes until the salmon is cooked through. I keep an eye on it and use a fork in the center of the fillet and know its ready when its flaky and I try it, always be careful not to over cook fish as it can get a little tough. 
  3. serve with rice and dal, or salad, cous cous, the possibilities are endless.

Happy Spring everyone.

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