Salzburg Bauernsalat

On a recent, sizzling hot summer trip to Salzburg, Austria, the city was throbbing with tourists so we donned hiking shoes and day packs before heading out to catch an early morning train to Golling in search of solitude and the cooling spray of Golling Waterfall.  En-route to the station, we stopped at the weekly […]

Kale, Fuyu Persimmon, Pomegranate and Roasted Squash Salad

After living in Switzerland for almost six years, we decided it was time to phase out our time living abroad and settle someplace in the U.S.  Criteria included living near a major airport, great medical facilities (yes, we are getting older so this is important), access to a good-sized city, mountains, nearby hiking trails, terrific […]

Cooking Chicken, Olive and Preserved Lemon Tagine in Marrakech

On a recent trip to Morocco, we stayed at the wonderful boutique hotel, Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech. This lovely, traditional hotel was featured on the fabulous TV series, Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast. The big draw of staying here was the opportunity afforded all guests of taking a private traditional Moroccan foods cooking class in the small […]

Lamb Mhammer (Wedding Dish From Fez)

One of the many highlights for us when traveling in Morocco, was visiting Fez.  We stayed at a beautiful, restored guesthouse located in the middle of the Medina, the carless and scooter-free old town.  Our phenomenal guesthouse, Riad Le Calife,  was steps from the winding and wonderful market (see previous post with photographs of the […]

Images of the Souk in Fez, Morocco

Visiting traditional Berber and Arabic markets, known as souq (or souk), when in Morocco is usually a must for most travelers. We spent hours and days exploring as many as possible, including the walled, maze-like labyrinth medina (old town) markets in Marrakech and Fez as well as venturing to an incredible weekly Berber market held […]

Gâteau de Nillon – A Delicious By-Product of Nut Oil Pressing

One of my favorite weekend activities in Switzerland is attending small, regional food and tradition festivals.  The latest one was the Autumn Fair and Cowbell Market, an incredible event held above the charming, tiny village of Romainmôtier in French-speaking Canton Vaud. We made the long trek (four trains and a shuttle bus) on a beautiful, sunny autumn […]

Pumpkin Coconut Curry Ginger Soup

I adore making and eating pumpkin soup but I hate peeling the large, ribbed beasts.  Luckily, while living in Japan, I became familiar with lovely members of the winter squash family that look like small, smooth-skinned pumpkins.  They have a familiar, traditional pumpkin flavor and edible skin.  Hokkaido, Orange Knirps and Red Kuri ウチキクリare also […]