It’s my birthday! The day that inspired a story that led to the name Maoomba. When I was a child, my father called me Maoomba-goomba Queen of the Jungle. As if Stormy wasn’t unusual enough, right? The interesting thing, is that it wasn’t just a name; it was the title of my story – the story he … Continued
It’s been unseasonably warm in Salt Lake so far this winter…I was able to go out without so much as a sweater until this week. But the white ground following a recent and brief snow fall already has me yearning for a summery day. Until that day comes, in-season pomegranates and persimmons are the perfect way to punctuate my … Continued
I love my local Mexican market. Last week, they had gorgeous persimmons and California Pomegranates 3 for a dollar. They are such a rare sight and usually so expensive, I couldn’t help myself – I had to get three. Then they sat on the counter for a week, slowly drying out. This weekend I took action … Continued
The first time I walked into an Indian grocery store, I didn’t know coriander from my elbow. It took years of reading, being introduced to ethnic restaurants, and cooking experiments to build up familiarity and confidence with coriander and the multitude of other spices and flavors this world has to offer. Today, I not only … Continued
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an image of some mangoes. This week, a new variety was available and I thought I’d take the opportunity to share the way I learned to cut a mango. How to cut a mango: Start at the center top of the mango and cut downwards along the curve of … Continued
A tasty Happy Valentine’s day strawberry heart from Maoomba to you!
I had a completely different plan in mind for this week’s blog post than what I ended up writing - like a lot of people, I was going to make something “Super Bowl-ish”. The thing is, I’m not much of a football fan. I am crazy about citrus, though. Earlier this week, I went to a … Continued
Lemons? Think again. These are sweet Palestinian limes… When I went to the Mexican market the other day, I saw some for the first time. I picked one up and nonchalantly tossed it into my cart to try later. I looked up to see an older couple watching me. I winked and walked away. Moments later, … Continued
Each day last week, I woke to the sound of the surf and the chatter of pigeons which, like clockwork, flocked to the rafters above our window at exactly 6:30 am. Usually, I’m an early riser, but I was on vacation. Kind of. My husband and I went with the intention of working on a … Continued
In the first of a series on GF/DF flatbreads and pancakes, I share a recipe for French crepes that use cornstarch instead of wheat flour. As a result, they are lighter, fluffier, and definitely delicious. And, of course, they are gluten free!