My favorites

My favorites

My favorites
Island Pork Tenderloin Salad with Coconut Bread

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad with Coconut Bread

 Even though I haven't lived there in almost forty years,  I am still a Florida gal at heart, with the nearby Caribbean island music wafting in my head and island flavors nearly dancing on my tongue
Mmmmm...Samosas

Mmmmm...Samosas

By far my favorite snack food while travelling in India is always samosas, those small stuffed pastries, available at every roadside tea stall, filled with an assortment of goodies
Middle Eastern Salad with Allspice Vinaigrette

Middle Eastern Salad with Allspice Vinaigrette

[Sometimes I think my blog should have been called A Rose by Any Other Name. This salad includes purslane (read my post on purslane here), which is an amazing ingredient
Recipe:  Roasted Vegetable-Lentil Moussaka

Recipe: Roasted Vegetable-Lentil Moussaka

  Thinking of my vegetarian Macedonian husband, I decided on a vegetarian moussaka. Roasted Vegetable-Lentil Moussakaby Victoria ChallancinYesterday was blustery
The Potato Salad that Switched Nationalities Three Times!

The Potato Salad that Switched Nationalities Three Times!

 Take my Christmas Day potato salad. As the Mexican husband/father was preparing the ham and the rest of the family contributing other dishes, I suggested that I bring Sweet Potato Biscuits (my Southern Roots coming out in full view for the holidays) and a Potato Salad
White Bean Chili with Herbed Yogurt Cheese

White Bean Chili with Herbed Yogurt Cheese

  I should have some lovely new recipes gleaned from my travels for you very soon. Note to Readers.   I am still posting in draft mode, this time from Istanbul
Roasted Asparagus with Hard-Cooked Eggs and Sesame Salt

Roasted Asparagus with Hard-Cooked Eggs and Sesame Salt

Roasted Asparagus with Hard-Cooked Eggs and Sesame SaltRoasted Asparagus with Hard-Cooked Eggs and Sesame Saltby Victoria ChallancinCould asparagus be any prettier than they are in their natural state
The World's Easiest Shrimp Dish?

The World's Easiest Shrimp Dish?

 When I saw this recipe, I knew I would make it in my cooking class for Mexican cooks who are learning international cooking
A Perfect Party Appetizer

A Perfect Party Appetizer

 Filipino Spring RollsA Perfect Party Appetizerby Victoria ChallancinOn Wednesday of this week, I taught a cooking class to Mexican cooks living here in San Miguel de Allende, my home
Roast Pork Loin with Pickled Caramelized Guavas and a Mexican Market

Roast Pork Loin with Pickled Caramelized Guavas and a Mexican Market

 There were those gooey guava fights in my youth with my cousins on my Italian Grandfather's farm, picking the fruit and making the guava jelly that my Mom put up each year for family and friends alike, and in later years the perfumed scent of a guava-laden Mexican ponche wafting from my kitchen or the kitchen of friends at holiday time
New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp

New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp

 As it isn't grilled or smoked, nor does it have a hint of what any American would call barbecue sauce on it, the name remains a mystery
Osso Buco-Style Chicken

Osso Buco-Style Chicken

 The crowning touch was when I saw my dear friend Naz, the loveliest, most gentle, friend imaginable, eyeing the veal bone, denuded and lonely on my plate at the end of the main meal
Chicken Tikka Masala--a Classic British Dish?

Chicken Tikka Masala--a Classic British Dish?

 I have some run-together words that do not appear in my copy.  The resulting dish of yogurt-marinated chunks of chicken bathed in agentle (or spicy) creamy tomato sauce replete with spices is today a naturalculinary treasure of Britain, no matter from whence it came