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Thu
14
Apr '11

Mango Bonanza

The mango tree in our yard has produced dozens of fruit. The landlady has set out trays of mango puree every day to dry in the sun. The mango leather will keep for months in the refrigerator. I’m told the same is done with bananas. The local variety is small and sweet. They go bad […]

Tue
4
Jan '11

BOH puts the Ummph! in life.

I bought it for the box, but the tea is good too.

Mon
3
Jan '11

Still Life with Fruit

Clockwise: pineapple, orange, tamarinds, miel fruit, mango, and lemon. All from the fruit seller near work. Tamarinds and miel fruit are new to me. The tamarind shell is thin and crunchy, like an egg shell. Inside is a sticky fruit as long as your finger, with big seeds. It tastes like figs and rosewater, with […]

Sat
18
Dec '10

Cool Weather, Saturday Groceries

We’re officially in the cold season now. It’s gotten down into the teens at night – between 16C/60F – 18C/64F . Last night I closed the window for the first time. I’ve thought about the sweater under my bed, but am not yet motivated to find it. I’m told this is typical for the annual […]

Thu
2
Dec '10

Sorry, Kermit

I ate a frog leg last night. Yes, it tasted like chicken. I was nervous about it. Our outdoor table wasn’t well lit, and it looked like a plate of shadowy little supermodels with well-built calves. My brain tried furiously to distract me while I chewed, alternately wondering what kind of spice rub would work […]

Sat
27
Nov '10

We’re Cookin’ With Fire

I finished outfitting my kitchen today. My equipment list: countertop (free with the apartment) sink (free with the apartment) minifridge (free with the apartment) portable burner with fuel can – $10 electric kettle – $10 – immediately recouped by not needing bottled water small aluminum wok pan, large teflon wok pan, a spatula knife and […]

Fri
19
Nov '10

Pan-Pacific Cultural Exchange

An Australian volunteer shared a treat from her care package. Cheezels, Australia’s first ring-shaped cheese snack. They’re cheese curls shaped like calimari rings. Exactly as delicious as you’d expect, Cookie Monster would call them an “only sometimes food”,

Fri
22
Oct '10

Om Nom Nom

My vocabulary has balanced out after a couple more language lessons. I now know four words for “to eat”, as well as “to drink”, food, Cambodian food, meal, rice, noodles, cake, bread, coffee, tea, water, shake, mango, coconut, bananna, corn, and delicious. “To eat” and “meal” are easy to remember. “To eat” is nhyom, as […]

Sun
17
Oct '10

Two Good Restaurants

With no kitchen of my own at the guesthouse, I go out for meals. I’ve found two very good restaurants so far. Noted here for the next Googling traveler. Khmer Kitchen is across the street from the Old Market. The Old Market is the heart of the tourist area. Think Faneuil Hall in Boston. Now […]

Sun
17
Oct '10

Tastes Like Win

Best discovery this week: macadamia ice cream. It tastes like macadamias and butter scotch. Worst discovery: one scoop with hot fudge sauce costs only $2 and is on the route home from work.