Category Archives: Food

My Magnificent Salad of the Moment

saladMy mother’s idea of a salad was a floppy lettuce with one sliced tomato and one sliced hard-boiled egg. Salad dressing was mayonnaise and oil. So I like my salads to have plenty of ingredients and per definition no lettuce.

Lately I’ve been making the following salad a lot. It’s a big, beautiful jolt of healthfulness and tasty, too. I’ll make a huge bowl full and we all have it whenever during the day, until it’s gone and I make it again. And it’s not getting old yet. I chop up almost everything that needs chopping entirely and keep what I don’t use in fridge containers for the next time. For example, I’ll chop up a whole bunch of celery, even though I only need a handful for one salad. That way I only have to do a lot of chopping once every three salads or so.

I was talking with someone about life recently, and he pointed out that there’s no recipe for life, no certain amounts of the right ingredients for being successful–you just have to make it up as you go along. Well, that’s actually how I’ve always approached recipes. So no exact amounts of the ingredients here, and you can do lots of variations.

1 box or bag arugula (or arugula and spinach mix)
1 handful coleslaw
1 handful chopped celery
1 handful carrot sticks
1 handful chopped spring onions
1 handful chopped cilantro
1 chopped avocado
1 can black beans (or chickpeas, or navy beans, or kidney beans…)
1 handful slivered almonds (or pine nuts, or pecans, or sunflower seeds…)
1 chopped apple (or mango, or jicama, or mandarin orange sections…)
Some curry
Some herbes de Provence
Some flax seed powder (in case you don’t feel healthy enough yet)
A good extra virgin olive oil (or walnut oil…), about 4 or 5 times around the bowl
Lemon juice, also about 4 or 5 times around the bowl

Stir it all up and enjoy. Or do it with kale, and cherry tomatoes… In other words, just make a salad, with lots of ingredients!

Breastfeeding My Babies


Breakfast in Central Park, May 1998

Yesterday I was reading something that reminded me how much I loved breastfeeding. I’ve been meaning to write about it for years, and I keep forgetting. It’s one of the best things–if not the best thing–I’ve ever done. Talk about having a purpose! My very body was keeping this brand-new little human alive and thriving. Continue reading

A Visit to the Gandhi Bazar

janakisToday I rediscovered the Gandhi Bazar, an Indian grocery store I frequented ten years ago, when we lived in an appartment nearby. (For Austinites, it’s on the corner of Brodie and William Cannon, catty-corner to HEB.) I love going to Asian grocery stores–they smell wonderful and everything is strange, except for the occasional item we used to have in Australia, like the proper Ovaltine or rusk. Such is the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Dinner and books in an Austin Strip Mall



R and I looked on Yelp for a place to eat in north Austin this evening, and we ended up in Troy, a Turkish/Mediterranean place in a little strip mall where we had been once before, a couple of years ago. Continue reading

Refueling: Filling my Tank With Drukwerk and Stroops



Well, waddaya know? The daily writing prompt is “Recharge“, just as I was getting ready to write about refueling as an immigrant. Another term I learned recently, from Akhtar’s book Immigration and Identity.

What do you do to refuel (or recharge) as an immigrant–to get your home fix, as it were? Continue reading

Table Manners



How do you eat a salad? How do you cut your steak?

In Holland, I learned to eat with knife and fork, the European way. Holding your knife in your right hand, in a certain way, and your fork in your left hand, in a certain way. The cutting or folding of leaves happens just so and you keep your knife an fork in your hands the whole time you’re eating. Not just with salads, anything that isn’t finger food. Continue reading

I Finally Get It!



Why Trump is bat-shit crazy? Why people love him? No.

Pinterest! Continue reading