Archive for January, 2009


WND – The Molten Cheesescapades

January 29, 2009


It has to be said that of all the places we lived while I was growing up, Switzerland did not my make Top 10, which is too bad because we lived there longer than we lived anywhere else.  Switzerland is an odd country, and by Switzerland I mostly mean Geneva because we tended to leave Switzerland as quickly as possible when we went on vacation and would escape over the border into France or Italy or Austria, kind of like the von Trapp family but in reverse and with less singing. Read the rest of this entry ?


WND – No Dinner

January 22, 2009

One little piggy fled the city with her husband and child and went to visit her parents in a warmer locale.

Two little piggies had family in town who heard, “No, we can’t have dinner with you on Wednesday,” as “Yes, we’d love to have dinner with you on Wednesday”.

One little piggy went bowling.

And this little piggy cancelled Dinner and went out for Indian food and a ginger basil gimlet.

Stay tuned next week to find out what the two redeeming features of living in Geneva were.


WND – Birthday Month Part 4 (belated)

January 15, 2009


When I plan meals sometimes I start with a side dish that I really want to have and then work outwards.  Sometimes I start with a protein that I’m craving and then figure out what else goes with it.  Sometimes I figure out what I have the energy to make and discard all recipes that involve a lot of work.  Sometimes, I get lucky like this week and someone makes a specific request (birthday Dinner).  Somewhere along the line though it all comes down to what it will look like on the plate.

A plate should always have at least three things on it – not more than five and never less than three.  More than five separate dishes and your plate is chaotic and too full.  Less than three things and the food looks lonely.  This breaks down usefully to protein + starch + vegetable.  Salad for these purposes does not count as a vegetable.  Currently this is because I almost always serve salad in a side bowl, and growing up it was because salad was eaten after the rest of the meal.  Either way it doesn’t contribute to the balance of the plate. Read the rest of this entry ?


WND – Back from Malta

January 8, 2009


When you go to visit someone for the first time you invariably end up drifting towards their bookshelves to check out what they read, or at least I do.  When I go a new country I like to meander around a grocery store for pretty much the same reason.  Admittedly this is possibly my bias talking, but I think that food and language are the two best ways to learn about another culture. Read the rest of this entry ?