Always Time To Dance

One thing about Dominicans that endears me is their innate musical nature. They have an almost involuntary response to music — they simply must dance. But the musical culture is not contained merely within the Dominican Republic, it is indicative of the island as a whole, the island of Hispaniola, in which…

Beer & Avocados — Reflections on Santo Domingo

I have been away from the Dominican Republic for so long, eight months, that, in coming back I can experience it more as an outsider while still retaining my inside perspective. Heat The first thing I feel is the heat which is so intense, enveloping and relentless that one has no choice…

Jazz Under the Haitian Sun

I traveled to Haiti three times with my father — first in 1976 for 6 weeks and twice more in 1978 and 1980 for 3 months. The first trip I was overcome, starstruck, by this different land with dark faces and lots of white, smiling teeth; grabbing hands and hungry bellies. It…

Tamarind Chicken “Lolipops”

Tamarind Chicken “Lolipops”   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   This is like an Asian barbeque sauce Recipe type: Appetizer or Main Serves: 3 Ingredients 6 chicken drumsticks 4 tbsp tamarind puree (available at Asian and Indian markets) juice of 1 lemon or lime…

The Princess and the Prince

My daughter’s kindergarten class had a medieval theme project and each needed to write a story within the theme. At first I thought they all did the same story but some kids wrote about princes and dragons, others about different kinds of princesses. This is what my daughter Elsa wrote and once…

Tuna Avocado Lettuce Wraps

I have always eaten healthy (most of the time anyways) but lately, in my effort to slim down, I have really been put to the test. My trainer currently has me on what he calls a fuel/fire cycle. On the fuel days I keep my calories under 1300 and my carbs under…

Eat like a (healthy) kid and other perspectives

In my ongoing effort to slim down and be as healthy as possible, I’ve been working with a personal trainer the past month. As luck would have it, the trainer needed a website and I needed his services so it was a perfect fit. In addition to regular exercise, he has put…

Pistachio-Parsley Broiled Fish

I came up with this recipe because I had some specialty oils and I was trying to think of a creative way to use them. Pistachio-Parsley Broiled Fish   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 20 mins   This is an easy dish that’s light and delicious….

The Chrysalis Stage

Christian theology preached that God promises that everyone a place in heaven, unless of course, one sins or goes against God in one’s lifetime without begging for forgiveness. Hindu theology, on the other hand is very different. For Hindus, nothing is promised by God, instead one has to earn one’s reward through…

Mexican Dinner Salad

Mexican Dinner Salad   Print Prep time 12 mins Total time 12 mins   This is a great salad for summer and you can play with the ingredients as suits you. Recipe type: Entree Serves: 4 Ingredients Head of Lettuce 2 Haas Avocados 2 Ripe Sweet Tomatoes (on the vine) or 1…

The Pearl of Discomfort

It is a familiar oddity of nature — the grain of sand that irritates the oyster, put it in a state of discomfort, and as a result, the oyster covers the sand with an iridescent coating over and over until the end result is a gorgeous pearl. In this day and age…

Fresh & Easy Ways to Cook at Home

Cooking at home does not have to be a big production. I know it can be daunting for those of us with busy schedules. I mean who doesn’t have a busy schedule these days? I certainly do. So how do I have time to cook at home every day? Am I some…

Cooking at Home: The Missing Link

Whether this is the first post you have read in this blog or you have been following it for a while, it’s safe to say that you have concluded that I like to cook. This is true but I didn’t always feel this way. Although I enjoyed cooking on special occasions, it…

Sugarcane and Magic

I wish I had more time to write. I have so many posts swirling in my head at all times. I write and rewrite them over and over in my mind but rarely do I have a moment I can sit down and compose them. Often I have to jot them in…

Feta & Cilantro Egg White Omelet

Above: The finished omelet shown here with a whole wheat english muffin and a dollop of mint chutney. As much as I love to cook and am knowledgeable about food, it still seems like it is a constant struggle to eat as healthy as possible while getting enough protein. The best way…

Green Pea Soup with Mint

This is a great recipe for using dried peas and the taste is light and fresh. I adapted this from a book of Indian recipes. Green Pea Soup with Mint   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 30 mins   The frozen peas added at…