Miso soup is comfort food to me. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time and I desperately wanted something comforting and soothing to get me through the cold, Maine winter. The first thing on my mind was miso soup. It’s light, but still full of flavor.
After having my first daughter, I’d determined to make miso soup at home. I wanted to have it more for myself and to feed it later to my growing baby girl. I bought the miso paste and made it many times but I could never get it to taste the way it did in the restaurants. I realized that I was missing one very important ingredient – the fish stock. Read the rest of this entry
If you have been following my blog then you know that I recently spent almost 4 years in Bulgaria. It is a beautiful and complex country with a fascinating mix of Eastern and Western culture. The arts are highly regarded there and if you enjoy nature, you have everything that you could hope to see in one country. Here’s a shot of my daughter and her friend when we visited the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes.
While I loved many things about living there, one of my favorite aspects was the cuisine. It is very simple, fresh food made with the best ingredients. When I first arrived there, I had a friend take me out to eat and she suggested that I try a soup made from yogurt called Tarator (or Таратор, in Bulgarian). My only experience with yogurt was in the US and they were mostly sweetened so that is what I had in mind when I took a sip. Tarator is definitely not sweet! Read the rest of this entry
I finally did it. I finally made Phở!! This is remarkable because I grew up eating it (I’m half-Vietnamese) but I never made it on my own. I should back up and say that I actually have had the desire to make it for several years now but I had trouble finding beef bones. Now I can get BONES!!
Phở has gained popularity in the last few decades and you can find Vietnamese restaurants popping up around the globe. There are many wonderful Vietnamese dishes but Phở may be regarded as Vietnam’s ‘unofficial’ national dish. It is loved the world-over and there’s little wondering why. It’s simply delicious.
The origins of Phở are uncertain. Some historians claim that it is a version of the French “Pot-au-feu” which means literally “Pot on the Fire” and consists of beef bones and other vegetables. Phở and feu do have some similarities in their pronunciation. Vietnam was under French rule beginning in 1887 when it was referred to as French Indo-Chine or French Indo-China. The Vietnamese finally defeated the French in 1954 during the French Indo-China War. You can still see a lot of French influence there in the architecture and cuisine. Some other historians think the soup came from the Chinese (who also ruled Vietnam) but there is no definitive evidence of this. Read the rest of this entry
I love to eat! And, I love to eat good, real food. My interviewee, Casey Angelova loves real food, too, and it was one of the things that inspired her to become a chef. I love to eat but I also like to understand the nutrition behind food because I believe it’s the key to health and longevity. And, for those who may not already be aware, I live in Bulgaria while my husband finishes medical school. Some might say that we live…well…an unorthodox life. I suppose, we do. I’m ok with that. While my husband’s medical aspirations brought us here, I manage to keep myself busy and engaged no matter where we are. My interests and passions have led me to meet some wonderfully unique and interesting people along the way.
This brings me to Casey Angelova. Casey (despite her foreign sounding last name) is actually an American. She married a brawny Bulgarian guy whom she met while living in the United States. They got married and shortly after moved to Bulgaria with their daughters in search of a different way of life. I sat down with Casey not too long ago and it resulted in an interview! Here’s what Casey and I talked about.
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I’m going to start adding more recipes to my blog. I love getting ideas from other sites and blogs so I thought I’d share what we like to eat in our home. I like to cook from home because I know what I’m putting in my food and also because we are on a limited budget. However, I tend to get into a rut when cooking from home and often cook the same things over and over. Reading about new ideas inspires me to try new things. This is good nutritionally because we need variety and it’s good to just shake things up sometimes! Here’s what we’re having for dinner tonight. It’s yellow split pea soup. I chose yellow peas because I’ve had trouble finding green peas here and I’ve never had yellow split pea soup before. I liked the results. We are paring this soup with a tossed green salad with roasted beets, blue cheese and almonds.
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Anyone who knows me at all knows that I like to eat. And, sometimes a lot. Growing up with a Vietnamese mother exposed me to a lot of Asian cuisine, of course, but I’m not shy about trying foods from just about anywhere. So, in the spirit of trying new things and also in the spirit of resolving to do better (especially after the my interview with health counselor, Davina Sanders!) I tried a few new things this past week.
Davina mentioned that many people eat too much meat. She says that processed meat, in particular, is something we should avoid. So, I decided that I would try and add more vegetarian dishes to our fare and see how my family would take to it. We subscribe (moderately) to the Peter D’Adamo Blood Type Diet. I read his book and it just made sense to me. The problem is, however, is that we live in Bulgaria. Now, don’t get me wrong. Read the rest of this entry