14 July 2014

Moroccan carrot "tapenade" (baby food that's perfect for adults!)


Friday was a holiday here in Thailand - specifically the Asalha Bucha Day, commemorating the day that the Buddha gave his first sermon expounding the doctrine that came to him following his enlightenment. We're not Buddhists, but we'll take any excuse for a three-day weekend! We decided to make a road trip to Kanchanaburi province, about a thee hour's drive west of Bangkok and close to the Myanmar border. It was actually our first such trip since purchasing our first car just before Rohan's arrival and Luis subsequently getting his driver's license (he never needed one in all those years living in Paris). We opted to go "glamping" (unbeknownst to me, this is an actual word...meaning "luxury" camping). We stayed at the lovely Hintok River Camp at the Hellfire Pass historical site (named for a railway cutting on the former "Death Railway" in Thailand which was built in part by Allied prisoners of war and forced laborers from Malaysia during WWII). Beyond learning about the history (including at the famous Bridge on the River Kwai in nearby Kanchanaburi town, which we visited), we enjoyed a wonderful weekend of clean air, gorgeous green hills and valleys, swimming in the camp's natural spring pool, walking around the famous Erawan Waterfall and a campfire BBQ dinner.

07 July 2014

Masoor dal, yellow pepper & coriander puree (baby food that the grown ups will be fighting for!)


So I've become one of THOSE bloggers. The type who posts rarely during pregnancy and then virtually abandons her blog post-baby. In case anyone still follows me, you'll note that the last and only time that I posted anything since the birth of our baby prince (8 1/2 months ago...where has the time gone?!?!?) was on January 1. More than six months ago. I don't make any excuses for the silence, because I imagine (or rather hope) that you all understand that I've been quite occupied with the little one (whose name is Rohan), as well as work which I returned to at the beginning of March. However since he started sleeping through the night starting in the middle of May (woooohooooo!), freeing up my evenings, I've been telling myself that it's high time to resurrect the blog. So here goes (though I won't promise quite yet to post with any real regularity)...

01 January 2014

Highlights of 2013...and tips for healthy pregnancy eating!


2013...what a year it was! On October 21 here in Bangkok, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Rohan Aires (thus the reason for the silence around here). Becoming parents has certainly changed life as we know it. I haven't been doing much cooking since my mom is here and has been staying with us for some months now (lucky us!). I feel fortunate in that I have a nice long maternity leave, meaning that I still have a couple of months to go of exclusive time with our precious baby prince. So in theory, I should be able to get back to blogging. In theory, that is! In the meanwhile, I wanted to share some highlights of this amazing year and also some tips for healthy pregnancy eating for vegetarians in particular or for anyone concerned with nutrition and wellness during this special time in life.

06 October 2013

Couscous caprese salad


As we play the waiting game counting the days for our baby's arrival, I must admit that I'm starting to get a little antsy. His room is set up, his clothes are washed and most things on my "to do" list are done. I'm passing the time going walking and swimming, lounging on the couch (or rather the exercise ball) and catching up on cooking shows via YouTube and enjoying lots of good food - occasional meals out and of course my mom's great cooking. I also get inklings to cook some days, such as this afternoon. Today, I was also looking at several friends' photos from beach vacations on Facebook and thinking about how much I miss the beach. It's one of the perks of living in Thailand...we go for beach weekends and holidays pretty regularly, which I'm now missing being stuck - so to speak - in Bangkok in the midst of the rainy season. I also fondly recalled beach holidays from the past, in other places, and immediately our trip to Capri in September 2010 came to mind...

01 October 2013

Pineapple, mint & lime agua fresca


How many of you have a man at home that's a gadget fiend??? To say that of my husband Luis would be a bit of an understatement. When we first met, I was amazed to note that he possessed a pasta maker, bread maker, the best Kitchen Aid blender on the market (in our mutual favorite color - red!) and various other contraptions. Since we got married, our gadget collection has only expanded...mostly involving him scoring him new and exotic devices at crazy low prices and then coming home to excitedly proclaim that we would never be able to imagine life without our new X. Some of the time I'm quite skeptical, as I was when he brought home a pineapple corer that he found at the market for 30 baht (the equivalent of 1 USD). Sure we get amazing pineapples year-round here in Thailand, but just why did we need a corer when a nice kitchen knife does the trick just fine, I wondered?