Culinary Crossroads

 

If we are what we eat, then we are human history itself. Food is not a mere act of nutritional consumption - it is science, migration, art, religion, math, and more - all rolled into a crispy samosa.

 

 

 

 

CARAVANSERAI 

Strewn along the world's many trade routes and ports were bustling caravanserais, or traveler's inns, where stories and dinners were shared with fellow merchants and wanderers alike. Though very few of these caravanserais exist today, fortunately, many of us wanderers still do. On my own journeys, I've joined forces and spoons with companies like Nooshtube, Dinner Lab, and RumiSpice,

to give family, friends, and perfect strangers a taste of the caravanserai experience. 

FEASTIN'!

Chef AK? Has nice ring to it :)
Chef AK? Has nice ring to it :)
My favorite room
My favorite room
Afghan Saffron from RumiSpice
Afghan Saffron from RumiSpice
Prepping the DinnerLab team / NYC
Prepping the DinnerLab team / NYC
Dinner on Silk Road | Baltimore
Dinner on Silk Road | Baltimore
Dinner on Silk Road | NYC
Dinner on Silk Road | NYC
Dinner on Silk Road | DC
Dinner on Silk Road | DC
Storytelling in the Caravanserai
Storytelling in the Caravanserai
On the Menu Tonight ...
On the Menu Tonight ...

FEASTIN'! 

I've always feared single portion recipes or 'servings for two'. You see, I grew up with pots and pans that cooked for a minimum of 15 people - and that's just for a normal dinner at home. 

Muharram Dinner 2014
Muharram Dinner 2014

The Islamic month of Muharram is an important holiday for our mixed family. We share the stories of Karbala and the martyrs in a large family circle for several nights. On the 10th night of the month, called Ashura, we have a family dinner with traditional Chittagonian dishes. (More on Muharram and recipes coming soon)

Family Iftar
Family Iftar

Ramadan is a time of fasting as well as feasting. Every evening, when we break our fast together as a family, an array of dishes from our diverse cultural backgrounds fill the dinner table (or floor, since we can't fit everyone on a table. Also, this picture is missing half of the family. Yes. True Story.)

Turkish Breakfast on the Jerzy Shore
Turkish Breakfast on the Jerzy Shore

"I want every family in the world to wake up to a Turkish breakfast every morning." That would be my election slogan if I were ever to run for the commander of the world.

Vegetarian Night
Vegetarian Night

I've been flirting with a vegetarian diet for a while now, much to the dismay of my carnivorous family. However, from time to time, the two sides have a pleasant time on the dinner table.

Thanksgiving 2014
Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is MY Holiday. My my my my (Finding Nemo anyone?). I started cooking the Thanksgiving feast when I was in seventh grade (I burned the turkey - picture proof will soon be provided). It soon became a tradition that I would cook for my 40+ family members an array of dishes that represented the countries I traveled to. Very American of us.

Thanksgiving 2013
Thanksgiving 2013

Highlight of TG 2013 was the mashed potato - which was my last minute attempt at appeasing the little ones.

 ... and then some global food-frolicking 

Seaside harvest
Herbs on my Hike
Roasted Roots and Rooster
Roasted Fish
Turkish Not-So-Delight
My Çaylak Buddies
Passover in Istanbul
Muharram Cockerels
Gardening wit the Mum!
One Man's Poison is Another's Dinner
Chopping Beef for a Tribe
Evening Glow
Making Fresh Rice Noodles
Lunch in Sonoma Valley

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