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Labneh: yogurt cheese
Food

Labneh: yogurt cheese

Perhaps embarrassingly simple? Labneh (lebni) is just drained yogurt, sometimes called yogurt cheese. It’s tangy and creamy and dresses up well, for being a rather plain date. I put fresh, plain, unsweetened yogurt in a tea towel in a sieve/colander, over a bowl, for several hours or overnight (on the counter is fine for one … Continue reading

Pumpkin breadfruit soup
Food

Pumpkin breadfruit soup

This was an accidentally innovative, local-ingredients-derived dish. An over-salted soup needed to be saved, and the starchy saviour at hand was breadfruit. The gentleman of the household started with the basic recipe here, but quickly started revising. We don’t have fresh thyme here, so that was nixed. Coconut cream replaced dairy cream, as usual. He … Continue reading

Mint tea
Food / Garden

Mint tea

Mint usually grows like an invasive weed, but here in Samoa, I have had to nurse my pot of mint along. It seems to like dry, sandy, poor soils more than humid environments and potting soil. After long periods of overwatering, underwatering, and a soil-mould scare, we’re coming to terms with each other, and I’ve … Continue reading

Hummous
Food

Hummous

I’ve been waiting to post more recipes from the really pleasant evening we had… oof, too many days ago now. I wanted to have more pictures to accompany the dishes to make a nice post and to help people recognize the dish, but I think it’s more important that I just follow through on my … Continue reading

Mjeddra and movie night
Food / Uncategorized

Mjeddra and movie night

Tuesday night was an exquisite evening with good friends, new friends, and discussion of dance culture. Making food and hosting always gives me fresh energy, with positive friends a necessary reaffirmation of the goodness of life here. Plus, people asked for recipes! I’m vain and ever happy to blather about cooking. The mjeddra and pickles … Continue reading