Cooking, Culture, Food and Drink, Travel

Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan–กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน

The title of today's post, Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan, means, in English, "A Procession Poem Admiring Sweet and Savory Dishes," and refers to a poem written by Siam's (now known as Thailand) Prince Itsarasunthon--later King Rama II--in 1800. The opening stanza, translated by Heather Arndt Anderson, goes like this: Massaman, a curry made… Continue reading Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan–กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน

Cooking, Family, Food and Drink, Science

Want To Cool Down? Have a Nice Hot Cuppa Cha!

Hey, guess what? My Granny knew what she was talking about! About lots of things actually, but in relation to this post, about only one. She was a great believer, on a stinking hot day (remember, we’re taking about England, so any day on which the temperature goes above 60 degrees Fahrenheit qualifies as scorchio), in… Continue reading Want To Cool Down? Have a Nice Hot Cuppa Cha!

Cooking, Food and Drink, History

Food And Drink Post: “One a penny, two a penny…”

Hot Cross Buns! A Good Friday tradition I don’t always adhere to but which, for many reasons, this year I thought I should. Blessings and a joyous Easter season to all Christians, a Happy Passover holiday to all of the Jewish faith, and best wishes for the happiness, safety, and health of absolutely everyone. Legend… Continue reading Food And Drink Post: “One a penny, two a penny…”

Family, Food and Drink

Food And Drink Post: Weirdest Holiday Foods Edition

Well. Lugubrious Joe and Gurning Anthony notwithstanding, 2021 proceeds apace, and we’re on the cusp of closing out its first quarter.** Yikes. But before we do, here's St. Patrick’s Day, not a big seller in the land of my birth, but huge in the two areas I’ve lived in, in my adopted country–Boston and Pittsburgh.… Continue reading Food And Drink Post: Weirdest Holiday Foods Edition

Cooking, Food and Drink, Recipes

Food and Drink Post: Pot Luck Edition

It’s become an annual tradition, here at Chateau Right, that I should spend a considerable portion of the week before Christmas making sure that the freezer is well-stocked with prepared dishes so that there’s plenty on hand to eat during the holidays besides interminable leftovers from the Christmas meal itself (not that there’s anything wrong… Continue reading Food and Drink Post: Pot Luck Edition

Cooking, Family, Food and Drink

Food and Drink Post: Mulling it Over

Ugh. It’s been chilly and damp the past few days here at Chateau Right, and my mind is turning to thoughts of warmth, fellowship (as much as our overlords will allow us to indulge in this year, anyway) and festivity. As ever, I’m regretting taking down the Christmas tree all those months ago. It seems… Continue reading Food and Drink Post: Mulling it Over