Happy New Year!
After 3 weeks of travel through India and Thailand, my feet are back on Canadian soil. My brain, however, is irritatingly convinced that my feet are still in Asia. Jet-lag has had me up at 4:30 am for the past 3 days. I am tired. The nauseous, head-falling-in-cereal-bowl, slow-motion-blinking, saying-"excuse me"-to-the-wall-I-just-walked-into kind of tired. The fact that I am able to coordinate thought-fingers-keyboard right now is a small miracle.
To give you a brief rundown, in the past 21 days I have seen the inside of Vancouver, Beijing, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Bangkok, Phuket and Taipei airports. There were numerous red-eye flights. There was a beautiful Indian wedding and hundreds of future in-laws to meet. There were throat infections, delhi belly, mystery rashes, car sickness, sunburn, hives and antibiotics. There were beautiful beaches and chaotic cities and bustling family homes. There were temples, houseboats, markets, grand palaces, and rickshaws. It was a wonderful, and certainly memorable trip... however, it has left me completely bushed.
Under the scorching Asian sun, I was only vaguely aware of Christmas, but I assume that it happened in my absence. While I was eating idli and dosa, I'm sure you were enjoying the holiday food trifecta of butter, chocolate and cheese. Considering this, and the fact that if I were to stumble around my kitchen in my current state I would almost certainly bake my oven mitts and burn down my apartment building, I thought I'd dig around the archives for some light-hearted oldies to kick off a new year of cooking.
May your 2012 be filled with happiness, success, laughter, good friends and amazing food. And may I get some sleep before I start throwing cats at people.