Welcome to the diplomatickitchen!
Where is the diplomatickitchen?
“Moveable” describes the diplomatickitchen. It has traveled to China, Europe, Africa–wherever my diplomat husband has been posted. The diplomatickitchen began publication in August 2011 in Kinshasa, the capital of the Congo:
A little over a year after the diplomatickitchen went online, the diplomat (my husband) who has guided the course of our travels faithfully and well for many years in this peripatetic life, felt that it was time to step out onto a new road…and so we did:
Here are the road…
The last diplomatickitchen post was published here on August 23, 2013. The blog will remain online for the forseeable future, but may eventually be replaced by an ebook. Cooking is an essential feature of our life in the country but the lion’s share of our day is devoted to our horses and the outdoor work that keeps a small desert ranch up and running.
Why “moveable feasts”?
“Moveable feasts” is what this blog is about. Not in the original sense of the term which described Christian holy days, like Easter, that had no fixed date. Not quite in the sense Ernest Hemingway used it. He talked about places that were so wonderful they stayed with you long after you left them, whereas, the diplomatickitchen blog is about occasions that make memories–when you invite people to gather around your dining table at home. It is about describing menus and recipes for those occasions.
During our years in the diplomatic service, I have met a lot of capable makers of “moveable feasts”. And they often made them under unusual circumstances…Like the lady who accompanied her husband to China back in the days when even milk was hard to find in the local markets. (Traditionally, Chinese didn’t go in much for dairy products.) Undaunted, this woman figured out how to make her own ice cream, then made a ginger ice cream bombe out of it for her dinner party, using the local candied ginger which was plentiful. The time came to serve it. She headed into the kitchen–unmoulded it onto a platter, and then–then, somehow, it slipped. The bombe…bombed. She confessed to a moment of despair. Then, she took another look at the scene of the accident and realized all was not lost. Only a very little of it was actually on the floor–the rest was still pretty much intact…She slivered off her losses, got the rest into bowls…and dessert was served.
This story was told with a smile. My point in retelling it is that moveable feasts cut two ways. They are memories you give to other people when you plan and go to the effort to make good things–when you make “an occasion”. But in the doing, you’re making “moveable feasts” for yourself as well.
What’s more, things don’t have to be perfect or cost a lot to turn into a moveable feast. First and foremost, a moveable feast is personal and nice.
Menus, recipes and the diplomatickitchen
I hope the diplomatickitchen offers you some menu ideas you can use for your own moveable feasts. Menus are the focus of the blog and many of the recipe posts fit into suggested lunch or dinner menus.
Also, I would like to invite you to share stories of moveable feasts you’ve made (and recipes), sending them here to the diplomatickitchen for readers to enjoy in future posts.
To good memories,
Elizabeth Laeuchli, for the diplomatickitchen
© Elizabeth Laeuchli, the diplomatickitchen, 2011