Monthly Archive: July 2010


On eating disorders and the patriarchy

Last night, a feminist friend and I* were out drinking with a man. We’re all mid-to-upper class whites, well educated, socially mobile, and currently living in Benin. The man, several years out of undergrad, was astounded at the high numbers of women who had eating disorders while he was in school. My friend and I were not. Actually, we responded with derision. “What? The rates for your school weren’t high....


Egg Drop Soup

I love egg drop soup. It’s hard to find here, in Benin, although rumor has it that there’s one Chinese restaurant that has a passable version. Lucky for me, it’s dead simple to make and super-low calorie too. This may be the only soup recipe where I tell you to go ahead and use faux-broth instead of making it from scratch, but it’s worth it to keep the recipe easy...


Modified recipe: Zucchini Garlic Soup

I am addicted to chicken broth. Not the gross sodium-filled broth in a can or broth from a cube, but delicious homemade chicken broth made by boiling leftover bones, onions, garlic, and carrots in a liter or so of water. I am not equally addicted to zucchinis, but we are still getting them in our CSA, and I needed a healthy low-cal way to: get some much needed salt into...


Throw together meals week: “Mexican” “Pizza”

Cheap, fast, and healthy. The diet industry seems to spend a lot of time telling us that we can only have two out of three: cheap and healthy? Prepare to spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Cheap and fast? Junk food it is. Fast and healthy? It’ll cost you an arm and a leg. Fortunately, we know that this isn’t the case. While knowing how to cook and take...


Oh, sorry about that, Sweetheart!

Last night, Bertrand came home from the grocery store with 5 kilos of pasta. I think he’s getting tired of salads and feta cheese. OK SWEETHEART I CAN TAKE THE HINT.вирусный маркетинг продвижение


On life as I know it.

I passed the Foreign Service written exam. Now I have to write some essays. Then maybe I’ll have to fly back to Washington (oh no! not the briar patch!). Then maybe one day I’ll be a FILTHY FILTHY RICH RICH expat with a big SUV and a big house and domestic staff. The alternative, which is staying in West Africa and continuing to grow our business, is pretty attractive too....