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Instagram Post 6/10/2022
…in which I reveal what I do with a whole Chinese roasted duck….
Instagram Post 4/22/2022
Passover is still upon us and folks are enjoying a special traditional holiday treat, the macaroon. Or is it a macaron? There seems to be some confusion regarding these two very dissimilar cookies with very similar names, but oh, what a difference an O makes.
Let’s get the pronunciations out of the way first: macaroon rhymes with “black balloon” and if you honk the final syllable of macaron through your nez, you’ll nail the proper French pronunciation of that one. But is this just some culinary coincidence?
Read about these sweet confections and learn why there’s a conflation conflagration….
Instagram Post 3/21/2022
Yesterday, I published a post about Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and fesenjan. But the vernal equinox is heralded as the first day of the new year by more than 300 million people worldwide, particularly in countries along the Silk Routes including Iraq, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Central Asia, and others. As a matter of fact, in 2010, the United Nations officially proclaimed March 21 to be the International Day of Nowruz. And of course, every culture has its own unique dishes to celebrate the occasion….
Instagram Post 2/1/2022
The two-week long Chinese celebration of the Lunar New Year begins today – it’s 4720, the Year of the Tiger. The Tiger is known for his strength, bravery, and particularly his ability to purge evil – and if ever we needed that specific set of superpowers, it’s now….
Instagram Post 1/14/2022
Pongal, the holiday, is a four day long harvest festival occurring around mid-January (on the 14th this year) that is observed primarily in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu but like most spiritual anniversaries can’t really be confined to a specific geographical area, diasporas being what they are….
Instagram Post 1/07/2022
I was having a conversation with a friend just the other day. “The holidays are over,” she sighed. “No more excuses to procrastinate.”
“Don’t be so sure,” I countered. “Remember, you’re talking to the Equal Opportunity Celebrant.” So I pointed her to a story that I had written long ago. Precisely the story I’m pointing you to right now….
Instagram Post 12/24/2021
Behold the Rumpumpumpom, my custom Christmas cocktail. You might be curious about how this bespoke cocktail came by its name – and thereby hangs a tale of a different stripe. It involves a poignant story and a recipe of sorts, but it doesn’t quite fit on Instagram. Sort of like me, as I reflect on it….
Instagram Post 12/16/2021
I update my Panettone story annually; here’s a part of this year’s supplement:
As I write this, we’re still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic accompanied by its subsequent supply-chain issues, extended shipping times, inventory shortages, and inflation. Amazon is offering my two favorite imported 2.2 pound panettoni for $48 and $71 each. Nope, not this year….
Instagram Post 11/20/2021
Maybe it was because on that day I had eaten less than I should have and walked farther than I should have carrying more than I should have on less sleep than I should have gotten the night before.
But it was a little surreal – like a scene in a French New Wave film from the late 50s, underscored with that quaint, quirky, quintessentially European music that telegraphs an atmosphere of utter happiness and convivial hyperfamiliarity, music that gets louder just before everything starts to get strange….
I can no longer keep this to myself. I am an addict, hooked on mithai. What’s that? You don’t know about mithai? Mithai are Indian sweets and since Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is upon us, I can think of no better time than now to tell you my tale. So gather round your diyas and click here to read Indian Sweets 101: Meeting Mithai.