About the Rambler

Welcome to my ramblings on dinner & drink, people & places, our planet’s health & the future of food. I’m a journalist, author and media trainer. My kitchen forever smells of garlic and curry. And much like my mother, I start thinking of dinner long before breakfast….

PS: Coriander Root

I didn’t tell you the whole story when I posted the latest Rosi Recipes. That evening, we also ate another David Thompson-inspired recipe for Thai grilled chicken with a marinade heavy on coriander (cilantro) root. This is a critical ingredient of many Thai recipes; how frustrating to find only the leaves in . . . → Ramble More: PS: Coriander Root

The Rosi Recipes #5: Num Banh Chok

I’ve lost count of the cookbooks I brought back from Asia this time. I’m fairly certain my weight in books surpassed everything else in my luggage. Among that traveling library was a copy of From Spiders to Water Lilies: Creative Cambodian Cooking with Friends. It’s a beautiful book, which finally presents Khmer . . . → Ramble More: The Rosi Recipes #5: Num Banh Chok

Old Coffins, Hot Noodles

Remember, around New Year’s, I mentioned an archaeological mission to see ancient log coffins in northern Thailand? Quite a trip, that was. The article is out in this month’s Archaeology. And while the story covers the history and scientific significance of this rocky terrain up near the Burmese border, it doesn’t say . . . → Ramble More: Old Coffins, Hot Noodles

The Rosi Recipes #4: Japanese Crusted Tofu with Hmong Accompaniments

It’s true, I’m back at home after a delicious little trip to Costa Rica. As soon as I sort through photos and notes, I’ll tell you about coffee production, gallo pinto, topes and toucans. But right now, it’s time to catch up on a few Rosi recipes and introduce you . . . → Ramble More: The Rosi Recipes #4: Japanese Crusted Tofu with Hmong Accompaniments

Tour de Energy

While I realize that that there are many Americans who pack away 8,000 calories a day (Manhattanites excluded), few of them actually could ride a stage in the Tour de France. Much less the whole thing. Much less eat 8,000 calories a day and lose weight over the course of a month.

This here interesting . . . → Ramble More: Tour de Energy

Lady Godiva….

… lives on our neighbors’ farm and she looks like THIS:

It was her first appearance of the season. And as if that weren’t enough, we split her open to taste her hulless seeds:

Surprisingly sweet and tasty they are, fresh and fruit-like. But Farmer Jon says her flesh . . . → Ramble More: Lady Godiva….

Pretty-in-Pink Greens

Funny, I was just wondering whatever happened to Molly Ringwald. And then, thanks to Yahoo, the answer appeared on my email page and I didn’t even have to search for it!

But this isn’t about Molly. This is about a little tidbit I picked up from the great . . . → Ramble More: Pretty-in-Pink Greens

Those Beans I Mentioned….

Pa-O women harvest rice in Shan State, Myanmar

The beans we ate with burgers on the 4th of July? Slow-cooked ginger beans. Pintos and Anasazis are what I used, though most any reddish/brownish sort of bean will do. Take your pick, your options are many. The recipe came . . . → Ramble More: Those Beans I Mentioned….

The Rosi Recipes #3: A Silk Road Gourmet Meal

I’m getting behind in my Rosi posts, and this one is out of order. But I wanted to write this now, to give you right now a glimpse of Laura Kelley’s fabulous new cookbook, The Silk Road Gourmet (available soon through Amazon and Barnes & Noble; have a look at . . . → Ramble More: The Rosi Recipes #3: A Silk Road Gourmet Meal

The Rosi Recipes #2: Burmese Mutton Balls

I couldn’t resist. As soon as I read Nan San San Aye’s recipe for an aromatic mutton meatball curry, I knew it would be part of the next Rosi meal. Now, let’s get a couple of things straight. In Burma, “mutton balls” might very well mean goat testicle curry (which a friend . . . → Ramble More: The Rosi Recipes #2: Burmese Mutton Balls