The Chicken Guy

One thing I love about living in Frankfurt is the plethora of farmers’ markets. Several days a week, there’s a farmers’ market a short walk or a few subway stops from where we live. We do most of our food shopping at the grocery store, but sometimes it’s fun to browse among the vendors’ stallsContinue reading “The Chicken Guy”

Why I Love My Instant Pot

Kail bought me an Instant Pot — a “multicooker” that is a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, and electric steamer, among other functions — for  my birthday last year. I dabbled in pressure cooking a few times — experimenting with turning some of my favorite slow cooker recipes, like butter chicken, into pressureContinue reading “Why I Love My Instant Pot”

Recipe: Paleo Granola

I don’t follow a paleo diet. After reading Gary Taubes’s “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” a couple years ago, I modified my eating habits and mostly adhered to a carbohydrate-restricted diet (no bread, pasta, most grains, white rice, potatoes, etc.) that was higher in proteins and fats.Over the course ofContinue reading “Recipe: Paleo Granola”

Home Leave | Filipino Breakfast

Since Kail joined the Foreign Service, any time we’ve gone back to the U.S., we have found it difficult to moderate our diets. We’re so excited to experience our favorite — or even non-favorite but simply nostalgia-inducing — foods and restaurants that our clothes are fitting a bit tighter by the end of our trip.

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”

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”