Indian Winter Stew

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day and I will be cooking a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage but last week I made a delicious winter stew with Indian flavors that was worth a share. Lamb could be substituted for beef as well. Indian Winter Stew   Print Prep time 30…

Potential to Do Harm

[Photos © Eliza Alys Young, first posted on December 22, 2012] In the days since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, we have, as a country, struggled to make sense of it all. Every parent has thought of their own children on that day and are grateful they are…

Healthy Eating is Learned Young

It’s very interesting to watch American television with my ex, especially us both having lived outside of the U.S. for so long. I see our culture as a foreigner. So what do I see? I see dramas filled with crimes, medical conditions and dysfunctional families. I see silly comedies where the characters…

Sinless Chocolate Mousse

Above Photo Credit [Source] — I don’t have my own photo (yet) because we ate the mousse before I could take one! Ladies…we love our chocolate. Not to exclude you gents but we ladies really love our chocolate. But we don’t love the guilt, the fat, the extra inch on our thighs….

Where Dreams Come From

Above: “Hood Angel”, Photo @ Eliza Alys Young dream [source] noun a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep the sleeping state in which this occurs an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake an object seen in a dream a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie…

Flu Fighter

As everyone knows, it is flu season.  Many will go the traditional route and get a flu shot which is fine if that is what you prefer but I believe in the healing power of good food so I bucked the norm and chose not to get a flu shot for anyone…

Angel Wings

These have been likened to funnel cake or beignets and I would imagine they are very similar. Angel Wings, also know as “Krusciki” are Polish in origin. Little bow-tie fritters that are fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Like the jam cookies, they are not overly sweet. Best served hot as they…

Jam Cookies

These cookies are insanely good because they are not too sweet. The combination of the jam with the shortbread-like cookie is to die for. This cookie is a Hungarian recipe. Jam Cookies   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 25 mins   I can’t take credit for…

Ode to Cranberry

Photo above: Cranberry syrup on vanilla pancakes I love cranberries and they are not just for Thanksgiving! Here are two recipes that work together and highlight this lovely flavor. Cranberry Syrup   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 25 mins   Super easy to make and a…

Indian Spiced Potato Patties

[Photo Credit] This a a great recipe that is easy to make and to vary. Similar to latkes but with a different taste. Can be a snack by itself, served with chutney or even ketchup, a part of a brunch, or a side dish. The hot tip is soaking the potatoes first…

Dominican Essentials, part 2

Dominican Words or Phrase Worth Learning This is a list of words or phrases that are commonly used in the Dominican Republic. This is by no means a complete list nor meant to be a Spanish dictionary but just some that I have found useful living here. I will add to this…

The Blame Game

Above image from newsone.com Like most people, I have my political views which I share with my friends. I am normally low key about politics but this year has been an exception, with polarizing language used in this election pulling me into a more active involvement. But now it is all over…

Dominican Essentials, part 1

Decoding the Dominican Republic The Finger Wag This is one of the most valuable gestures I learned for dealing with Dominicans. If you are in public and a Dominican tries to shine your shoes or sell you something, just saying “no”, shaking your head, or walking away will not work. They will…

What Country Am I In?

My life in the States is like many others who are middle-income and raising children. I wake up early to get my kids on the school bus. I work hard when they are in school. After school I juggle their activities, my remaining work and dinnertime. Bedtime finally comes and after I…

Third World Perspective

Above: The Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo during a blackout (apagone). It is rather ironic for me to being here in the Dominican Republic, a country which has its share of hurricanes each year and see news of Hurricane Sandy devastating the Northeastern United States, the part of the world I grew…

Wet Night, Sunny Morn

Last night we went out to meet the Tamil/Dominican couple we first got to know on my last visit. The power went out yesterday about noon and as of 7:00 it still had not returned. So we had to get ready in the dark, using the flashlight from my cell phone to…