Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mango Salsa on Grilled Chicken Tacos


Last week I came home with some ripe mangos in our CSA box. We can easily go through mango with our usual smoothies and lassies, and of course they are great just sliced, but I wasn't ready to settle for the standard just yet. I wanted to try something different, I just wasn't sure what to do. Then I woke up yesterday with one word on my lips: salsa. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup


Spring is my favorite time of year. Once I catch that first suggestion of spring in the air I'm done for. I put all thoughts of winter aside and focus the changes that are to come: the feel of warm sun on my bare shoulder, the sweet smell of flowers in the air, finches singing to each other in the trees, the delicate green blades of grass that push their way up among the yellowish brown lawns. I usually sense this change is approaching long before it actually happens, like in February, long before the winter is actually over. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Helbeh (or Fenugreek Cake)


If I was forced to describe myself using one word, I think I would choose introvert. In the book, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert confesses that, despite her wanderlust, she does not make the best traveler. She describes how her appearance makes her stick out and that her face is a "transparent transmitter" of every thought. This is me, except not when I visit other countries. This is me in new situations. When I get flustered and nervous, it shows. I blush, my eyes looks scared, my voice shakes. Then I try to hide all of it by laughing.