Recipes Around the World Week Two

Tonight is the last night for recipes from Benin. This is Caramelized Bananas in Pineapple Sauce. Ordinarily I don’t like fruity desserts especially on ice cream. But when I decided to move forward with this project I made the decision I was going to step out of my comfort zone and try some things I haven’t tried before. I have to say this tastes like something you would get in a fancy restaurant. Oh my goodness it is so good! Highly recommended. It’s very inexpensive and easy to make. The photo on the left is from the website the one on the right is mine. Tomorrow starts Brunei. 🇧🇳 Can hardly wait! 😊
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https://foreignfork.com/caramelized-bananas/

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Recipes From Around The World Project Week 1.

This week on January 2nd I started a project I have been wanting to do for a number of years now. And that is pick one country per week (at random) and make some authentic recipes from that country.

The first country selected was germany. So I made: pork schnitzel with dill sauce, German potato dumplings, and German chocolate cake which I have since learned is not authentically German. 😂

So far I’ve had an absolute ball. Next up on Sunday, is the country of Benin located in the northwest portion of the continent of Africa.

A Cake With Any Other Inscription…

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

“Did you know when we were little, I used to pretend those flashing lights were morse code and I was a spy in the war?” Carla accepted the mug from Bill.

“ Oh yeah. I think I remember reading about all the little girl spies in history class”

“Yeah, yeah.  Did you get the cake?”

“What cake?”

“What cake?  Bill please don’t stand there and tell me you…”

“Calm down sis.  Yes, I picked up the cake. Man, sixty years. Can you just imagine?”

“A lifetime. What’s written on it?”

Bill grinned “‘Happy Bar Mitzvah David, Mazel Tov!’” What else?”

Sumthin’ Differnt

I first heard that phrase a number of years ago and to be honest I can’t remember where or when. It was said by a woman with a very strong southern accent who was telling about a situation which was less than desirable. She said at one point during the event she said ‘This is gonna have to be sumthin’ differnt’ (something different) The general idea being whatever it was that was going on, needed to change for the better. I can’t tell you how many times I have said that since then. With that said, this year for Thanksgiving, I did ‘sumthin differnt. I made wonton soup, Mongolian Beef, and pumpkin mousse. I had full plans to make the traditional meal of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and on and on. However, I decided I simply didn’t want to spend all of the money it takes to do that nor did I want to do the work.

True confessions, I stopped making the traditional meal a few years back. It was to help myself focus less on who and what was missing, and more on being thankful for what I do have. It’s actually a lot of fun coming up different things each year. Sometimes they work out and others not so much.

This year I am particularly proud of my accomplishment because I am still dealing with fatigue and the general feeling of malaise from long Covid. No fun. It took some doing but I got it done. One tradition I did honor was a trip to the grocery store. Believe you me I was not the only one there. I felt a weird mix of guilt and gratitude. Guilt because I knew it was because of people like me they have to be open on Thanksgiving but at the same time gratitude the store was open so I could get what I wanted.

All in all I had a perfectly lovely day. Yes, I missed my family but, in some ways I felt they were right here with me.

Tofu Can Wait

PHOTO PROMPT © Starsinclayjars

“Footwear!”

Tracy and Andi shouted and pointed at the boot at the same time.

“Jinx! You owe me a Coke” Andi joked.

“What a weird thing to include in a scavenger hunt.” Tracy said crossing it off the list. “Of course then again, Morgan is weird. Why this childish game? I don’t understand why we can’t just sit down and eat whatever bizzaro world, tree hugging thing he’s concocted for us to eat this time and have done with it”

“Hey, the winners of this childish game get a hundred bucks a piece. For that, his tofu can wait!”

An All Fired Rush To Nowhere.

Photo Credit Dale Rogerson

“For someone who has a presentation to give in half an hour you don’t appear to be anywhere near ready Dr. Franklin-Lewis.”

Mona glanced up and grinned.
“As the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving Dr. Lewis. As it would happen, I finished my speech an hour ago. I’m actually sitting here working on the grocery list while giving the plants a good steam bath. You want anything special this go round?”

Derrick looked down at his watch.

“Yes, to be on time for once”

“They’ll live if we’re a little late. Afterall, my talk is on linear time being a manmade thing.”

An All Fired Rush To Nowhere

Photo Credit Dale Rogerson

“For someone who has a presentation to give in half an hour you don’t appear to be anywhere near ready Dr. Franklin-Lewis.”

Mona glanced up and grinned.
“As the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving Dr. Lewis. As it would happen, I finished my speech an hour ago. I’m actually sitting here working on the grocery list while giving the plants a good steam bath. You want anything special this go round?”

Derrick looked down at his watch.

“Yes, to be on time for once”

“They’ll live if we’re a little late. Afterall, my talk is on linear time being a manmade thing.”

All For the Love of Combo #7

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Tony stared at Collette who unaware looked the menu she knew by heart.

“This place gets four stars on Yelp? You’re kidding right?  Let me guess, there’s only review and it’s yours right?”

“Yep and yep. She smiled.  Whatcha gonna get?”

Tony glanced around “At the moment I’m thinking either stabbed, salmonella poisoning or both, and you?

“Smartass! This neighborhood’s that bad. Well at least not during the day anyway. And to answer your question combo number seven.”

“I guess I’ll get that too then. If you are willing to risk life and limb for it, it must be good”

Room With a View

PHOTO PROMPT © Bill Reynolds

Peter and Jamie looked at each other, down at the photo in their hands, then back at the dilapidated building in front of them.

Jamie giggled

“Well, the description does say, you will be able to enjoy natural light throughout the entire well-ventilated structure. So, they didn’t exactly lie.

Peter smirked “Technically no, however, I think their definition of a ‘real fixer upper’ and our definition may be just a wee bit different. So much for buying something sight unseen”

“Well look at it this way, you said you’ve always wanted to sleep out under the stars, here’s your chance”

Fahgetaboutit

© Fleur Lind

Gina sniffed her drink and recoiled.

“God what’s in it? It smells like turpentine.”

Terrie rolled her eyes and sighed

“Vodka and something or other but, I promise there’s no turpentine”

Gina tipped the glass to her lips, took a sizeable swig and shuddered.

“Guaranteed to make you sound like Louie Armstrong.  She rasped.  What’s it called again?

“Fahgetabout it. It’s supposed to help you forget about whatever IT was you don’t want to remember. See? It’s already working!”

“Forgetting they promoted a new hire over me, AGAIN,  is one thing. Forgetting my name and address is another”