Beginner’s Choice: Cool Ideas for the Lunar New Year

If you really want to experience the atmosphere of the traditional Lunar New Year, the place to go is the supermarket. Someone who was at the supermarket sent a message as I was on the way to one: “Enjoy the mad rush!” Yes, the only thing to do is to stay cool. My brother isContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Cool Ideas for the Lunar New Year”

Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations

New beginnings As we start a new year, we look forward to new adventures and ventures. Yesterday I came across a documentary about a nineteen-year-old boy in Thailand, who has to work very hard to buy rice to feed his family. He is working to support himself and is determined to finish school so thatContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations”

Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas

A cake for Christmas is quite appropriate because Christmas is a birthday celebration. Mothers have a central role in birthdays as they are the ones who gave birth to the birthday celebrants. Mothers also have a major role in deciding the menu for family celebrations. My mother decided that we will not have turkey thisContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas”

Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments

It’s already December 2022 and time to look back on another year that has gone by. We will no doubt find memories of sweet moments and not-so-sweet moments, and celebrate the fact that for there to be a picture there has to be light and shade. I remember a funny scene (perhaps from Sesame Street)Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments”

Beginner’s Choice: Friends, Food and Fun

Food diplomacy The week has gone by quickly in the world that has been bustling with events from meetings of world leaders to the World Cup. Serious business is usually followed by the sharing of a meal at a banquet or a cocktail reception, where the mood is lighter and the host takes the occasionContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Friends, Food and Fun”

Beginner’s Choice: The World of Curries and Soups

Dry curry My friend Anna cooked an Indian dry potato and cabbage curry dish and had Foodpanda deliver it to cheer us up last week. Those of us who were on medical leave certainly appreciated the kind detail. We tried to work out what spices were in the dish. I found a recipe online. TheContinue reading Beginner’s Choice: The World of Curries and Soups

Student Specials: Pretzels & Schnitzels and Kaiserschmarrn & Panellets

It’s a joy having exchange students around. They love discovering Asian cuisine, customs and traditions. But they also get home-sick and miss their own comfort foods, so they are happy to cook their favourite dishes for cultural nights. German Feast Vicky, who is German, was delighted to organize a German Night at the end ofContinue reading “Student Specials: Pretzels & Schnitzels and Kaiserschmarrn & Panellets”

Beginner’s Choice: Fun Fast Food

The slow food movement is international, but some slow food is slower than others. Some traditional Asian cuisines were capable of keeping women gainfully occupied in the kitchen the whole day, and I can understand why. If curry pastes were made from scratch and every ingredient was cut, chopped, minced, grinded and pounded by handContinue reading Beginner’s Choice: Fun Fast Food

Beginner’s Choice: The Birthday Specials

Birthdays are not just to remind us that we are one year older. They are occasions to celebrate with some small detail and to give thanks. We celebrate with those closest to us and who are part of our life. Last week I went to the supermarket to buy pork knuckles. I asked for fiveContinue reading Beginner’s Choice: The Birthday Specials

Beginner’s Choice: Fruits and Flowers

It is particularly hard to write a post this week after following the news that shook a peace-loving country – the news of the abrupt ending of the lives of twenty-four toddlers while they napped. Some were still holding milk bottles in their hands. They left the world more silently than they had entered, andContinue reading Beginner’s Choice: Fruits and Flowers