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?

30 September 2013

The best onion dip...and the best baby shower!


It's pretty hard to believe that I'm due to be a mommy in 13 days! Even though I think that our little chipmunk might be a little late, I'm officially on maternity leave and enjoying all those pre-baby moments... watching Luis put together our cute, jungle-themed nursery, packing my hospital bag (this I should have done before!) and enjoying time with my mom who is spending several months in Bangkok to help us with the baby (thank heavens!). Yesterday, she and my friends here threw me a most amazing baby shower at our place. The theme was Alice in Wonderland, but they managed to merge that with the Tamil valaikaapu tradition and lots of other fun and cute touches to make for a truly wonderful afternoon. Here are some of the highlights:

14 September 2013

Vegetable tajine


Hello, dear spice lovers! Apologies for the long silence around here. Other than approaching the end of my pregnancy and moving to a new (much bigger) apartment (with a HUGE kitchen by the way!), my domain name had expired, unbeknownst to me. Turned out that it was sold by the bad folks at GoDaddy.com, without any warning! Grrrrrrr. So I've reincarnated with a new domain (via a new host of course)....http://www.mistress-of-spices.net! Be sure to update your links and streams, and please do bare with me if some of the links on the page are broken...I'm working on fixing them all bit by bit! In the meanwhile, I wanted to share with you a wonderful recipe for a vegetable tajine. You've probably figured out by now that Luis and I are both huge fans of Moroccan and other North African food. In our years in Paris, food from this part of the world was a regular part of our repertoire. We've also traveled in Morocco and loved it there. So even though it's quite far removed from our lives here in Thailand, we still regularly make Moroccan food. Case in point...this delicious tajine!