Another Gasuddin story.
When I first interviewed Gasuddin, I nearly didn’t hire him. He was a small, whippy looking man with jet black, straight hair and the pencil thin mustache of an old time villain. You know, the kind that tied young girls to railroad tracks. There was something a little bizarre about mustaches in Bangladesh; our houseman had a Hitler mustache that always made us feel a little uncomfortable.
Anyway, at the time of the interview Gasuddin was employed driving one of those decades old, Greyhound-like buses on the Dhaka-Chittagong route, over 130 miles of incredibly bad roads. The bus left at sun-up and made it into Chittagong a little after dark, if lucky. Gasuddin would have a quick meal, sleep for a few hours, load up the bus with passengers and in the wee hours of the morning, return to Dhaka. He had driven this route for…
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Back in the day, probably in West Africa, I saw a fantastic photo of sun dried tomato pesto in one of my magazine subscriptions; Gourmet, Bon Appetit or Food and Wine. I wanted to make it so badly, but sun dried tomatoes were not available where ever it was I was living.
I copied down the recipe and filed it in my Hotmail with other “I wish I could” recipes. There are some great recipes in that file! It’s like Christmas!
Unfortunately, I was having one of those days and the only thing I wanted to make was the pesto. Nothing else, just the pesto. Eat it plain out of the bowl? Pesto on bread?
Okay, okay I had some fresh pappardelle and used that but it did seem like an effort in the beginning. It felt like I HAD to cook and not like I WANTED to cook. Don’t you just…
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More simply delicious. More simply easy.
How many things there are which I do not want.
suspect know that I have a thing for vegetables. Most kids would travel to the big city (Toronto) to visit relatives and enjoy the spoiling that inevitably unfolds when in the company of doting extended family. Not this girl.
I can only imagine the shock and bewilderment when I arrived at my aunt’s house in Toronto (at the ripe old age of 12) – and upon being asked which of my favorite foods I would like to stock the house with, I promptly jotted down a list of my favorite vegetables. For steaming. It’s true.
Things really haven’t changed much.
Time is what we want the most, but what we use the worst.
~ William Penn
Always start with the freshest greens you can find.
If you’ve been reading IPOM…
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Just when you thought you’d had enough freshness.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
~ Leo Tolstoy
I’ve got to admit, I’m (just a little) salad crazy.
Are you salad crazy too? I know in the summertime it is quite common, when the greens are plentiful & dirt cheap and folks get hot and will do anything to avoid turning on the stove.
The truth is, I’m simply salad crazy all year long.
It doesn’t matter the season, you’ll always find salads in this house. Light fare leaves one still feeling limber after a meal, as nothing makes me lose my spark quicker than an over full (and over-taxed) stomach.
Don’t chase your dreams, catch them.
Today’s salad is a celebration of a classic. The tomato salad at its core is about as basic a salad as it gets.
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It doesn’t get any simpler than this.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Surely something so simple cannot be this easy, can it?
I assure you, with a little effort, it absolutely is, and with that effort, you will be so richly rewarded.
With all the wonderful alternatives to dairy milk out there, it is no surprise that coconut, with all of the amazing health benefits that come with it, is leading the charge in many ways as a delicious way to get good fats and loads of high quality energy into our bodies.
While it surely isn’t a local food (unless you are lucky to live where they grow of course), coconuts are widely available in markets & supermarkets all across the world, and with (just a little) know how, can be purchased for just a few dollars and used in any number of amazing…
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This cheese is so delightful. The soft texture that melts in your mouth makes the perfect combination to many other ingredientes, such as beets, nuts,chicken and more.