Oven-Fried Spicy Chicken

Above: My son Marcos, diving into a bite of the cooked chicken. Oven-Fried Spicy Chicken   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   This a great, low-fat version of fried chicken with an Indian spice kick. Recipe type: Main course Serves: 4 Ingredients…

beast of enjoyment

there is a river of light which flows through my body and carries me past my paper thoughts and painted smiles. it leads me to the darkened wall where the silent beast of enjoyment lies. the beast, which desires all and tears the painted smiles to engage in violet heat, is only…

Shredded Pork Carnitas

Above: Served with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, avocado and sour cream Shredded Pork Carnitas   Print Prep time 45 mins Cook time 3 hours Total time 3 hours 45 mins   Suggested serving with warm corn tortillas, lettuce, avocado and sour cream. Also delicious with rice. Recipe type: Mexican Serves: 6 Ingredients…

Rama & Sita

I have been reading a lot about Hinduism of late. Perhaps it’s a way of searching for faith during a difficult time. All I know is that it give me peace to learn. Rama is my ex’s favorite god, an avatar of Vishnu. Rama is noted as an example of strict morality,…

Tapestry of Love

When I love someone, I need to express it in a creative form. What started as a tapestry of love became a journey into Hinduism, a gift for our family and a creative experience like no other. I based the tapestry on a drawing I found online. I had sewn big projects…

el mar

colbalt arcs tourmaline foam waves encroach, froth collides jagged shore. current swells inner sea feelings ebb. 5.2.03 © Eliza Alys Young [Featured Image]

Chickpea Salad with Mint

This is a fresh salad for summer that I came up with and it’s really yummy. Chickpea Salad with Mint   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Eliza Alys Young Recipe type: Salad Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 c chickpeas = 1 can 2…

Pancakes: Healthy, Delicious… Perfect!

I love pancakes… I eat them once or even twice a week. Pancakes are a comfort food and often an indulgent one. My kids love them too and it’s a great way to fill them up on the weekend. But of course I want them to be as healthy as possible while…

Holding Down the Fort

Above: My high energy kids playing. No down time for me… It’s been nearly a month since I’ve returned from Santo Domingo. I came back late on March 24th and the next day was the beginning of Spring Break for my kids. Dive in… Three days after I got back my mom…

Life on High-Definition Video

Above: Dominican Republic carnival When I know I’m leaving for Santo Domingo, at first I feel a panic. Of course I’m thrilled to go, but to leave my kids is hard. They are still so young, so fragile, like tissue paper dolls, and they need my guidance, my defense, and the ferocity…

Multiplicity

Above: M.C. Escher – Relativity Whenever I come to the Dominican Republic I always have such mixed feelings. On the one hand it is so familiar. I lived here 8 years, long enough to learn the language, the culture; long enough to move among the locals without feeling like a tourist. There…

Sol India

Above: The dressing room at Sol India There is a great store tucked away in the Zona Universitaria called Sol India and they sell Indian clothes, accessories and decorations. Tucked away in the little street that runs off of Maximo Gomez by the Supermercado Nacional, you wouldn’t know it’s there unless you…

Llegó Papá (Dominican Hipocrisy)

Above: [Translation] Father has arrived! A better country, but for everyone. Next year is election year and one of the candidates is former president Hipolyto Mejia. He was president when I first came to the Dominican Republic in 2003. When I got to Santo Domingo the peso was trading at 25 to…

Indian Fried Okra

Above:  Cook it down, stirring frequently Indian Fried Okra   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 35 mins   Finished dish is almost unrecognizable but full of spicy goodness Recipe type: Side dish Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 lb Fresh okra sliced thin width-wise (little circles), tops cut…

Chivos Sin Ley (Lawless Goats)

This billboard says in English: “Stop correctly, there are others who want to pass. We cannot live like lawless goats.” But apparently Dominicans can live quite well as ‘lawless goats’…

Running Away with the Circus: Part 2 — Circus Dreams

The best way to describe the show is in pictures but I will say this. From my friends’ house, the equipment, including a portable trapeze, gets loaded onto a long truck. Two trucks are loaded for different shows at two locations. The performers, mostly barrio boys, climb on the back of the…