A Little Tour of Israel

Date Palm Trees
Those who have paid any attention to me on Twitter probably remember that I had recently returned from Israel where I spent several days exploring, eating, frolicking in museums as well as libraries, and just plain having fun. It was such a great trip, and I’m glad that I chose to go in the spring when the markets were flooded with loquats, fava beans, and green almonds among many other things — when the weather was beautiful every day and all the time even in the middle of a desert at midday.

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Israel to you with the emphasis on, of course, food. Continue Reading →

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Turmeric Roasted Pork Loin (หมูอบขมิ้น)

Turmeric Roasted Pork Loin
Here’s an easy recipe which, as you will find out below, is even easier for long-time readers of SheSimmers. Easy preparation. Common ingredients. You can — as I did — even take a quick nap while the pork is in the oven. The finished roasted whole pork loin can be cut into thick (1/2 inch) slices and serve Western-style with the pan juices and any side dishes of your choice; it can also be sliced thinly into bite-sized pieces and serve Thai-style with cooked long-grain rice or sticky rice with either Thai sweet chili sauce or jaew as part of a family meal ensemble (samrap). Continue Reading →

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Creamy Egg Crepe on Rice (Khao Khai Khon ข้าวไข่ข้น)

Creamy Egg Crepe on Rice
A new friend whom I met during my most recent trip back to Bangkok was sitting on my lap as we were going through the first few pages of The Little Prince together. This was 4-year-old Jade’s first exposure to the French classic and her sparkling brown eyes were transfixed on the pages as I was reading off them. Soon we got to the famous part where the narrator recounts the time during his childhood when he drew a picture of a boa constrictor who had swallowed an elephant and how the adults all thought it was a drawing of a hat.

“Nuh-uh,” Jade closed her eyes, shaking her head slowly. “This is not a boa constrictor with an elephant in his tummy.”

“But, Jade, that’s what the narrator is telling us,” I said. “That was what he had in mind when he drew it.”

Jade turned around to look me in the eye. “He was kidding, Leela,” Jade uttered a faint sigh. “Don’t you see? That’s khao khai khon!” Continue Reading →

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