Corsica Part 1: Adventures on the Mare e Mare Sud

Corsica Mare e Mare Sud

I’m getting over a vacation hangover. That feeling you get when you had a little too much fun on vacation and reality takes longer to rejoin that you normally expect. Emails seem less urgent, impending deadlines feel further than they really are, and chores? Meh. A pile of dirty laundry never hurt anyone. My vacation hangover is from our ten-day vacation in Corsica. We spent five days on a coast to coast hike and the last five days lazing around doing barely anything except picking out beaches, finding cute restaurants, and sipping wine. Tough life. We spent the first five days of our trip hiking the Mare e Mare Sud. Apparently, this is the easiest multi-day trek on the island. When we booked the trip, it was touted as the trek for those wanting to “dip their toe into multi-day trekking,” the “shortest of the Corsican hikes,” and “a good starter route.” So, considering ourselves to be in pretty good shape, and having hiked many times before (albeit never on a 5 day trek) we booked our trip with Corisca Adventures. Um. Yeah. It wasn’t easy. Day 1 – Figari Airport and Porto Vecchio Mood: EXCITED!  We can conquer the world! Weather: Beautiful, warm, sunny We landed at Figari airport and took an 8€ shuttle bus from the airport to the bus stop at the port in Porto Veccio. From there it was a short, but uphill, walk to our first hotel, Hotel Holzer II. Apparently it’s called Holzer II because the hotel was open in the mid to late twentieth century, closed, then … Read More

Cherry, Pistachio, and Honey Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

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I’m pumped to be a part of the Bundt Bakers group and this is my first recipe with them! Bundt Bakers is a group of bakers who get together once a month and bake around a central theme or ingredient. July’s theme is fruits and nuts, hosted by Shilpi from Simply Veggies. There are over 20 recipes for fruity, nutty Bundt cakes this month. Yum. For this event, I decided to use the luscious summer cherries that are in peak season in much of the U.S. right now. You know, those fresh, juicy … Read More

Soul-searching, simplicity, and a Artichoke, Feta, and Bacon Tart

Artichoke Feta Bacaon Tart

It happened. I took a month off from blogging. Soul searching. Re-prioritizing. Re-energizing. For a few months now, I’ve been struggling with content for eating in instead. I started this blog in 2012 as a small side project, simply posting whatever I happened to be cooking. My goal was to share my recipes in an effort to inspire others to get comfy in the kitchen. Then, in 2013, we moved. And not just a move to a new home, but a trans-Atlantic move to a country I never stepped foot in. … Read More

Shrimp and Asparagus with 5 ingredients #SundaySupper

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Two times a year, I spend 6-8 weeks apart from my husbandy to fulfill my teaching obligations in Washington, DC. This means leaving Rabat and moving into a tiny furnished apartment, with an even tinier kitchen. In fact, the kitchen is downright depressing. I have to tolerate horrible cookware, virtually no counter top space, and because my time is so temporary, a limited pantry. While there are plenty of delicious dining options in DC, eating out all of the time is hard on the waistline and … Read More

No Mayo Curry Chicken Salad for #WeekdaySupper

No Mayo Curry Chicken Salad

When I was just learning to cook, I did not like to handle raw meat. I avoided any recipe that called for me to handle raw meat with my bare hands. This basically meant no meatballs, no lamb chops, no burgers, and hardly any chicken on the bone--forget whole chicken.   I’m not sure what it was about raw meat at the time, but I just did not want to touch it. Perhaps it was the cool, damp, dare I say – slimy -- surface. Or maybe the risk of food contamination. Or the very likely possibility that I … Read More

A chocolate coconut milk tapioca pudding for my mom

Chocolate Coconut Tapioca Pudding

It’s Mother’s Day! Did you know that according to Wikipedia, 85 countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May? That’s a lot of moms being honored today. It’s easy to tout the greatness of moms in a short two-liner on Facebook or in a card, but my mom is a complex person so in addition to my obligatory Facebook post, I’m taking today to give a deeper glimpse into my mom and me. In late 2013, my mother was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. What followed in the first six … Read More

Cal-Mex Avocado and Egg Salad #SundaySupper

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This week's Sunday Supper features a wealth of recipes for your Easter or Passover Leftovers.  A big shout-out to Liz, of That Skinny Chick Can Bake for hosting!  On that note, if you happen to find yourself with an excess of hard-boiled eggs today, the rest of this week, or ever, I’ve got just the recipe for you! If you are a regular at eating in instead, you know that I am not a fan of mayo. Like never. Not even aioli. I make my potato salads without mayo. I make my tuna salads without mayo. … Read More

Barley Risotto and Garlicky Spinach for #WeekdaySupper

Barley Risotto with Garlicky Spinach

Lately I’ve been a little tired of Moroccan food. It’s delicious and all, but sometimes I just want a simple meal, without the heavy cumin and coriander spices. Part of me is just a little homesick, and when I’m homesick, I crave comfort foods—like mac and cheese! Good cheddar cheese is hard to find in Rabat and it’s pretty pricey, so I always feel a little bad melting it all down for a mac n’ cheese. In an effort to satisfy my creamy, carb-y, craving, I decided that a good risotto would … Read More

Spice Cabinet Essential: Getting Cozy with Cinnamon

Sprinkled with Cinnamon

Ah, cinnamon -- one of my favorite spices. Perhaps THE favorite. When I first started cooking and baking, I used to think it was just for apple pies and the occasional oatmeal raisin cookie. A little bottle of Cinnamon just sat in my spice cabinet, waiting for its moment to shine. I never knew what to do with cinnamon or how to cook with it. Then, about six or seven years ago, my sister-in-law bought me Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food, with More Than 150 Recipes by Suvir … Read More

Broccoli Calzones for #SundaySupper

Broccoli Calzone

It’s Oscar time! I’m not a big movie buff, so I’m not big into watching the show, but I do love a great Oscar viewing party with nibbles and fancy cocktails. I love any reason to gather around for hours of eating and drinking with television as background noise (e.g. the Super Bowl, award shows, pageant parties, and er, election results?) Today the #SundaySupper family is sharing recipes to get you through tonight’s parade of glamour, clips, speeches, song, sparkle, and dance. Thanks also to … Read More

Chinese Almond Cookies for Chinese New Year

Chinses Almond Cookies2

Happy Chinese New Year! 2015 marks the year of the goat/sheep/ram and that’s my sign! I’ve never been one for astrology but in the spirit of the new year I read this little profile on the sign of the goat. Even though I’m not a “believer”, I am married to a horse (allegedly a compatible sign), got engaged in February (a goat’s lucky numbers are 2 and 7), got married in November (lucky month), and brown and red were our wedding colors (both lucky colors). I’m also not independently wealthy, which … Read More