Dirk’s Chili, Redux and the Delicious Flavors of Cocoa, Coffee + Chipotle

Dirk's Chile, Maoomba

Almost two winters ago, I exchanged comments on food photos of several dishes shared by one Dirk Reul of Germany on Google+.  He commented on photos of the ethnic foods I shared and mentioned that many of the ingredients I posted were unavailable to him. Thinking back to my penpal days as a child, in […]

Eating Indian Food + Pumpkin Masala Recipe

Pumpkin Masala over basmati rice

These days, Indian food is a significant part of our diet. So much so, that I buy spices in 8 oz and 16 oz quantities – not the average spice bottle. My cupboards are filled with large glass bottles (repurposed from other things) filled with cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, curry powder, chile powder, and mustard seeds. This week, I put them to the test on another favorite of mine: pumpkin.

Bael Fruit Tea Recipe + the Joys (and how-to’s) of Shopping at Ethnic Food Markets

5. Chill and pour the tea. Keep refrigerated.

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 […]

Sichuan Peppercorns and Nutmeg Make for Amazing Spiced-rubbed Roast Pork

Maoomba Pinnable - Lisu Sichuan Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork Recipe

OK, by now, you’re probably thinking, “enough travel photos already, Stormy!  Let’s get back to the food.” Well, I have a recipe for you.  It’s not my own.  But it is pretty delicious and inspired by the Sichuan peppers I ran across in China. Sichuan peppers, if you haven’t had them, are an interesting experience.  […]