Moroccan Food

My daughter has 20 days left at home before she heads to college. Our son has been in New York City for most of the summer doing an internship and joins us in 9 days for one week before he resumes college. Since food is so important to our family we have laid out a plan for the next 21 meals at home with our children. Tonight on the menu is a Moroccan specialty, Chicken Basteeya, one of our daughter’s favorites. It is a phyllo (filo) multilayered pastry pie filled with a delicious chicken made with shredded chicken thigh meat seasoned with Turmeric, garlic, ginger, ground almond, cinnamon, orange blossom water, lemon, cilantro and parsley.

Where has this summer gone. Before long we will be helping both our children move into college and my husband and I will back to being “empty nesters”. For now, I remain mindful of today, of our time together enjoying yet another delicious meal.

Today I share a quote by Nelson Mandela.


Happy Independence Day

Today, The United States of America celebrates the 4th of July, the day that thirteen American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. On July 4th 1776, the American colonies decided they would become their own nation and no longer be ruled by the British Empire.  What these American colonies proposed at the time seemed like pure insanity, how could these small colonies gain their independence from a powerful empire. We know how the story ends and that through determination and courage the thirteen colonies achieved their freedom.

And who were the people of the thirteen colonies, well there were the native Americans, African descendants, and European descendants. In other words, aside from the native Americans, the rest of the people were immigrants to the colonies. We can conclude that every citizen in the United States, with the exception of native Americans, is either an immigrant or a descendant of a family of immigrants. I too am a proud immigrant to this country. This is a country that has thrived because of immigrants. Today I share a wonderful quote by Nelson Mandela, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

What better way to celebrate the 4th than with all-American hamburgers prepared sous-vide method followed by a light grilling. And to honor the French Marquis de Lafayette who fought alongside George Washington we prepared a French Potato Salad. Peaches are in season so I have been using them in different recipes. Today I prepared a delicious salad with cherry tomatoes, peaches, avocado, and a balsamic vinaigrette.


I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so

For those fans of 80’s music, the title of today’s post is from the English band The Vapor’s song, Turning Japanese (1980). Tonight we are turning Japanese with a Teriyaki pork tenderloin that I have been marinading since yesterday. The marinade has soy sauce, pineapple juice, mirin, brown sugar, freshly grated ginger, crushed garlic, and sesame oil. I plan to brown the tenderloin in a pan and finish it in the oven. As accompaniments we will have white rice, stir-fried sugar snap peas, and a pineapple & carrot salad. Today I share another Nelson Mandela quote.

We celebrated  Easter with a non-traditional meal. I had always wanted to make osso buco, a stew of veal shanks. I used Giada De Luarentiis’ recipe. The veal shanks are braised in wine, chicken broth, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, cloves, and herbs for about 2 hours.  We loved the rich flavors of the veal shank meat including the bone marrow that gets scooped out of the bone with a small spoon. We topped the osso buco with gremolata which is a mix of chopped parsley, garlic and lemon zest.  We served the osso buco over freshly made parmesan polenta. We also enjoyed roasted carrots and Brussels sprouts.


Soup with a Side of Mandela

On April 7, 2014 our family enjoyed a hearty homemade turkey soup together with a quote from one of my heroes, Nelson Mandela.

In April of 1994, South Africa held it’s first all race presidential election. Nelson Mandela won that election. Here is a posting from my other blog, “My Little Shared Experience with Nelson Mandela.  It is the story of how my life intersected with Nelson Mandela’s life in April of 1994.

Happy Spring Equinox

Happy First Day of Spring. Finally!!!! Although it’s hard to believe Spring is here when my whole front lawn is blanketed in snow. It’s also International Happiness Day! So double the excuse to be happy today!

A year ago the family enjoyed a meal of “Scrumptious Crab Cakes”. When you see seafood on the menu, it’s my husband who is doing the cooking. I joke that I must have been a sea creature in a past life because I prefer not to eat seafood or fish. But the rest of the family certainly enjoys the bounty from the waters.  I share with you a wonderful quote my Nelson Mandela.