Spanish Friday: Santa Secreto

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Hola. Probablemente tú pensabas que yo ya no podía hablar español. Pues, no es fácil y he olvidado mucho. Pero yo quería tratar otra vez.Hoy estoy escribiendo sobre una tradición navideña estadounidense, una que es común en las oficinas y en grupos de amigos: “Santa Secreto.” (WordReferenceContinue reading “Spanish Friday: Santa Secreto”

RRB in Nepal | Food

Momos (Nepalese dumplings). I ate 17 of these over the course of our trip.While our nine-course Nepali dinner at Krishnarpan was the culinary highlight of our RRB in Nepal, we had some darn good meals during the rest of our trip. True, my enthusiasm for the food may have had more to do with being compound-bound since our arrival toContinue reading “RRB in Nepal | Food”

RRB in Nepal | Krishnarpan

Momo: Traditional Nepali minced meat dumplings served with chutney.My posts about our trip to Nepal are winding down (it’s been almost two months since we returned, after all), and I’m saving the best for last. No, not amazing views of the Himalayan Mountains, seeing a rhino in the wild or bathing elephants. I’m talking about food.

Thanksgiving in Kabul

Kail and I were supposed to spend Thanksgiving at a big dinner with friends and colleagues, but circumstances beyond my control meant I had to miss the celebration entirely. I was kind of bummed, but I still managed to enjoy the DFAC‘s finest Thanksgiving lunch and, most importantly, prepare our contribution to the potluck. Also, I got toContinue reading “Thanksgiving in Kabul”

Recipe: Easy Nutella Cookies

A friend departed post recently, and she gifted me some leftover baking supplies. Rummaging through my kitchen cabinets trying to find some storage space (Remember all that pancake mix? It takes up a lot of space.), I stumbled upon two large jars of Nutella that I don’t even remember packing into our consumables.

Brinner | Breakfast for Dinner

Cinnamon-raisin biscuits (scones).One of our friends from El Salvador who is serving here in Kabul is departing post soon. Because we wanted to wish her farewell and make the most of the short time our tours overlap, and because we packed so much pancake mix and Bisquick into our consumables shipment, Kail and I invited her and a few friends overContinue reading “Brinner | Breakfast for Dinner”

Spanish Friday: Pupusas en Afganistán

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Yo no creía que comería las pupusas en Afganistán pero me sorprendía. No las comí en la cafetería pero en la casa de unos amigos que vivían en El Salvador con nosotros y están aquí en Kabul.Pupusas de frijol con queso, con curtido y salsa roja.

Afghanistan Culebra

I neglected to adjust the recipe for altitude but it turned out OK.One thing that seems to cross all cultures is food — specifically, a love of it. I didn’t need to take “Afghan Familiarization,” the mandatory pre-departure training at the Foreign Service Institute, to know this, though they did suggest that, upon return from one’s travels,Continue reading “Afghanistan Culebra”