Monthly Archive: December 2010

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Post-Christmas brunch menu NOM NOM NOM

My husband deliberately steered the family Christmas celebration in a direction that would not require me to spend hours slaving in the kitchen on Christmas. Bless him. My husband also invited some dear friends over to brunch the day after Christmas, requiring me to spend hours slaving in the kitchen on Christmas. Bless him. Lucky for everyone involved, I love brunch and I love cooking, and prepping for a brunch...

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Black bean madness

Oh man, I love food! That’s my problem, really. The beautiful Christmas-y take out container filled with delicious cookies that one of my coworkers brought for me in this morning? ALREADY ALL GONE. I have, however, been experimenting with the Ranch dressing and bacon bits that I brought back from the States. I can’t figure out why serving size for salad dressings are 2T. Who the fuck uses 2 whole...

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Salads, coffee, and oh! it was nice to be home

While in the States, I had a great time cooking and drinking coffee, and eating, and even grocery shopping with friends. My first trip to Whole Foods felt like the proverbial country mouse’s first day in the big city. All I could do is gawk at the delicious food stuffs around me. I made salad. After salad. After salad. While in DC, I made tacos, and invited a bunch of...

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Pumpkin Seeds

It seems like a silly thing to write up a recipe on how to cook pumpkin seeds. Everyone knows how to do that, right? Turns out, my neighborhood kids didn’t even know you could eat them! Pumpkin is not a regular part of a well balanced Beninese diet. Also, I had to enter the nutrtion information into the Daily Plate anyway. They’re super calorific and super delicious. Ingredients 1c pumpkin...

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3.1 Mb downloads in Benin? For 15 000 FCFA/mo? Are you out of your mind?

‘ Somebody must have put Benin Telecom’s feet to the fire because they’ve launched a series of impressive initiatives to lower the price of bandwidth for Beninese consumers. They have: doubled the bandwidth for all DSL consumers. That means users who were paying 25 000 FCFA ($50) for 256 kbs are now getting 512. Users who were paying 80 000 FCFA ($160) for 512 now get 1Mbs. Pretty impressive. repaired...

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Delicious foodstuffs brought back from America

What’s an intrepid West-African food blogger bring back from the States? Besides a fancy new suit, a couple of bras, and a shiny new netbook… FOOD And lots of it. Steel cut oats (x2) Rice Vinegar Flax Seeds (oh, trendy food blogging, I heart you) Canned pumpkin (why yes, I am tired of roasting a squash every week) Salad dressing (x2 … and yes, it’s full fat) Delicious tea Fat-free...

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It is damn good to be home.

Damn, it’s good to be home. As wonderful as it was to visit friends and family, this last trip hammered home how out of place I feel back in the States. Normal for me is Cotonou. Even with all of it’s travails, challenges, and frustrations, it’s more home to me than where I grew up. Here’s what’s going on: I passed the Foreign Service orals and recieved a conditional offer...

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On what the future may or may not hold

Damn, it’s good to be home. As wonderful as it was to visit friends and family, this last trip hammered home how out of place I feel back in the States. Normal for me is Cotonou. Even with all of it’s travails, challenges, and frustrations, it’s more home to me than where I grew up. Here’s what’s going on: I passed the Foreign Service orals and recieved a conditional offer...