Warming Beans and Greens Soup

Not that the weather hasn’t already made it abundantly clear, but I’m here to announce that it is winter. And it isn’t going away. The holidays always seem to trick us and joke that surely the wintery and cold weather stops at the end of New Years  – but then January and February comes around….

Coconut and Snake Bean Salad

One of the few dishes we cooked during our Indonesian class that was somewhat healthy was this salad: Snake bean? You ask (rightly I might add): What the hell is snake bean? Before I bore you into snoozing with the differences between snake beans and string beans, let’s get one thing straight: for all intents…

Beta Carotene Lentil Deliciousness

No it’s not still winter. In case you’re still wondering, my last two recipes have been directed almost exclusively to winter… but it’s actually quite summery in Berlin. The only problem is the masses of dried food I have around the pantry, and the obsession I will continue to have for sweet potatoes year-round. This…

Gdansk-ing, Frankfurt, and Normalcy

Last week was no normal week. Forced out of my normal routine, I attended my program’s mid-year seminar in Frankfurt during the weekdays. There was a lot of bureaucracy, wasted time and nonsense… as was expected. What did I learn from a week of group meetings? Absolutely nothing. Thankfully, I got to visit Checkpoint Alpha,…