Archive for the savory Category
When traveling, we always have a dilemma of what cameras to bring. We have a small point-and-shoot camera, a DSLR camera, a video camera, and of course our phones. Lately, we’ve been leaving the video camera behind because we realized that watching videos of us just wandering around are a bit blah. But after this particular weekend in Gimmelwald, we came up with a solution: if a member of the Dunn family is involved, the video camera is coming.
After my girls trip to Croatia last year, I knew I had to go back. I really enjoyed the small towns of Rovinj and Pula, so I knew the bigger cities must have something great to offer. Croatia seems to me a bit like the Mexico of Europe. The Croatian coastal towns have a relaxed vibe, everything moves a little slower, prices are a bit cheaper, and rules aren’t meant to be followed. We were ready for a break from the rules so we booked ourselves a five night trip; one day/two nights in Split, one day scenic drive, and three nights in Dubrovnik.
I have a go-to soup. It’s the first soup I ever learned how to make. A soup that I know the recipe by heart because I’ve made it so many times. A soup that introduced me to those strange looking green stalky things, better known as leeks. A soup that I decide to whip up every time I have some extra potatoes. A soup that looks like baby food, but tastes like creamy comfort. A soup that makes me lose weight in the winter because I don’t even realize how many veggies I’m consuming. See why it’s my go-to soup? It’s a miracle soup, I tell you.
Growing up, orange pumpkins were only meant to be carved and sit on the porch for Halloween. When Thanksgiving rolled around, we used a different kind of pumpkin that came out of a can and was baked into yummy breads, cookies, and pie. How was I to know that those orange Halloween pumpkins could magically turn into a beautiful and fresh version of the canned stuff I already knew and loved?
This amazing travel we have been able to experience while living abroad has given me a whole new appreciation for food. Every country (and sometimes city) has their own special meals and particular ways to prepare them. I find it fascinating. At first, I just liked to try a few restaurants and street food while visiting new places, and then I started buying exotic spices to take home in attempts to recreate what I had tasted. These days, I have big plans to take cooking classes everywhere I go to truly learn what’s behind the cuisine. I don’t love museums, but I do love learning about food in relation to culture, so why not spend my travel time wisely?
My trip to Istanbul has been over a year in the making. My girlfriends and I had a week long trip planned along the Turkish coast last summer, but we changed it last minute due to the political unrest. Our replacement trip to Croatia more than sufficed, but I still had a flight voucher to Istanbul and an itch to check out the city.
I’m home from being home. When I was leaving for California, I told everyone I was going home, yet when I was on my way back to Switzerland, I again told everyone I was going home. I guess I now have two “homes” and I’m perfectly ok with that. As I mentioned before, I had a pretty packed schedule while I was in the states. Luckily that packed schedule involved getting to see almost all my family and friends in one trip, even if it did involve re-packing my bag eight times and never knowing where I was when I woke up the morning.
Our little balcony herb garden is doing really well, no thanks to me. Jon is the gardener around here and he doesn’t like when I touch anything in fear that I will kill it. Unfortunately, I can’t say much in response because his fears come with good reason. My black thumb reaches far and wide. Yesterday, I snipped some basil to use in my lunch, without permission of course. And when he got home, my harvesting was quickly discovered. He informed me that I need to cut a little bit from everywhere, not just from one side, blah blah. Ya, our basil plant is no longer as pretty as it once was, but in my defense, I thought it’s main purpose was to use it, not stare at it!