Amandinette PaperiePennsylvania , US
Illustrator of the whimsical, food & lifestyle / Studio based in the Pennsylvania woodlands / Photographer & overseas aid worker / #amandinettepaperie
Recipes By Amandinette Paperie
Violets are some of my spring favorites, and in a week or two their heads will start to pop up out of the mossy woodland floor on the East Coast, USA. I learned about various uses (all sweet) for edible violets while living in France, especially violet ice cream and bonbons à la violette, violet infused hard candies usually molded in a flower shape and presented in an ornate illustrated tin that looks like it dates back to the turn of the 19th century. At home, I prefer more simple recipes that require three ingredients or less, like candied violets coated with egg whites and powered sugar to sit on cakes, or boiling water, sugar and violets together to make a violet-infused simple syrup. Bon appétit!
Ever since I can remember, I've been fascinated by the diversity of culture, language and people groups on our planet. When I joined an international humanitarian aid organization, one of my colleagues became like a sister to me in a short amount of time. An American, her family migrated from Chennai, India when she was young. On one assignment, we were relocated to Uganda due to regional unrest where we were living. We searched high and low to drum up the ingredients to make her family's version of Masala chai, a treat from the daily realities of our working environment . I love the mix of spices, sweetness, and creamy milk taste, drinking it hot especially at breakfast.
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It's tomato season in the northern hemisphere, and what a variety! When I lived in France, most of the years spent were in the region of Provence. One of my very favorite recipes was tomates à la provençale, a simple peasant tomato dish that requires fresh beefy tomatoes, a day's old baguette, green herbs that you can pick in the countryside, and pure olive oil. Put it in the oven and voilà! Coincidentally, one of my favorite authors, American food writer MFK Fisher, felt the same way about the same Provence where she lived too. Bon appétit!
Food as in any other culture, plays a big role in South Sudanese identity, prepared daily by hard working women. During my time as an aid worker, one of my favorites, red lentil soup, was served on Tuesdays each week with chapati, a type of bread. Red lentil soup has many variations across the Middle East and North Africa, but this is the one I knew and enjoyed best. - @AmandinettePaperie