Pineapple Fried Rice

Is Pineapple Fried Rice Thailand’s equivalent of Chow Mein or Spaghetti Meatballs, or is it a genuine Thai dish? I may be offending my Thai friends by casting asparagus, but I’m honestly wondering. There are some dishes a white person like me simply cannot order unless they want to be given the worst table inContinue reading “Pineapple Fried Rice”

Taking Stock and Making It

That picture, of course, is Normal Rockwell’s Thanksgiving fantasy. I’m sure there is one with a terrine of chicken soup, I just couldn’t find it. I know many of you will switch off at the mere thought of making stock, but you are missing out on something that not only links us to our pastContinue reading “Taking Stock and Making It”

Bouquet Garni

I’m not talking about herbs today, but about beautiful things that lift up your soul. This sounds quite hifalutin, but I think it’s important to surround yourself with beauty, whether that’s posters that bring back memories, paintings that talked to you and that you were lucky enough to be able to afford, or just somethingContinue reading “Bouquet Garni”

More Tales of the Super Potato

“He who does not love potatoes does not love life!” Cicero Or maybe not. As dear Cicero died in 43BC (assassinated, I’m sorry to say), he could not have ever tried a potato. Though they were cultivated some 10,000 years ago in modern day Peru and Bolivia, they did not make their way to EuropeContinue reading “More Tales of the Super Potato”

Caviar & the Soviet Ambassador

Most of my life has been the humdrum kind. It’s been a good life, but you know, work, travel, dinners; not the stuff of legends. And then there are a few episodes so unlikely that I’m not sure they were real. An unlikely friendship with Blofeld, or more correctly Charles Gray, the actor who playedContinue reading “Caviar & the Soviet Ambassador”

This Wine Tastes Like Schist

I recently scrolled through the pictures I took on a visit to the Fritz Haag vineyard in 2017. Fritz Haag’s vineyard has been around since 1605 and as far as anyone knows, it’s been in the family ever since. The white haired gentleman you see in the pictures is Wilhelm Haag who took over fromContinue reading “This Wine Tastes Like Schist”