Couscous memories make the best (Moroccan) memories

Couscous symbolizes happiness and abundance, according to some culinary anthropologists. In Morocco, to be invited for the Friday mid-day meal means "Join us for...
Ramadam

Sweet countdown to Ramadan

  Halwa Chebakia is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is folded into a flower shape, fried and then coated with honey. It's very popular in...
Prahok

You say Prahok? I say delicious!

  A Khmer curry is the centerpiece of a Cambodian celebratory meal. It’s also one of the most satisfying dishes a newcomer to the cuisine...
Freshly picked Kampot peppers, Kep, Cambodia

Kampot pepper’s sweet comeback

The slightly sweet, eucalyptus taste of Kampot pepper made it the darling of Parisian chefs at the turn of the 20th century, and for...
Landscape with a Tuscan village

Tasting Italy

This time last summer, I was cooking up a storm on a beautiful estate in the heart of Val d’Orcia. Il Poggiolo is located...
Cuisine Wat Damnak logo, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cuisine Wat Damnak – Classy, Cambodian and locavore

It was the best meal I had in Cambodia. Cambodian cuisine derives from several sources—Khmer for sure, but with significant influences from the kingdom’s neighbors....
Kitchen staff at Romdeng, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Romdeng friends

My last full day in Cambodia was one for the scrapbook, as the young women and men of Phnom Penh’s Romdeng restaurant welcomed me...
Khor Sach Ko, Cambodian comfort food

Khor Sach Ko – Cambodian comfort food

Khor Sach Ko, a slow-cooked Khmer stew, is a hearty beef and noodle dish. It has surprisingly complex flavors for such unpretentious, homely food....
Banh xeo

Banh xeo… Let them eat pancake!

Vietnam’s crepe-like pancake, banh xeo, is a delightful, messy, savory culinary experience. From Saigon pancake in the south to the smaller rounds served up in...
Miss Vy

Cooking with Miss Vy

    Vietnamese food is the epitome of fresh, I am discovering.  Market stalls are piled high with green goodness and every meal layers on herbs...
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