Chowdah for Suppah in The Parlah, Anyone? Only in Boston!

I could literally be doing this tonight.  That is to say eating chowder – for dinner in the sitting room – here in my Airbnb in Boston.  I can even fake a New England accent reasonably well.  It’s not that hard, to be honest, if you’re British.  I love an opportunity to write about regional cuisine while actually physically there in person.  There’s nothing quite like experiencing it first-hand to make me want to put pen to paper (okay, fingers to laptop).  And what better excuse does anyone need to justify sampling New England cuisine?  None whatsoever or “No Suh!” as the locals might say.

Needless to say, clam chowder, lobster roll, cannoli and Boston cream pie have been at the top of my do-to list this weekend.  Maybe it is destiny that the address where I am staying is located on the same street as America’s very first restaurant…a snippet of local culinary history right here on my door step.

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Orange Vegetables – An Ode to Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes

Orange vegetables

My least favorite color in the entire world is orange. To begin with, it screams headaches, 1970’s décor and spray cheese.  It means fake suntans, unbrushed Cheeto teeth and Hobby Lobby for three dismal months of the year.  It’s Easy Jet when you wanted United Airlines.  It’s Fanta when you need a Coke.   It’s Mastercard when they only take Visa.  I know no one and nothing that looks good in man-made orange.  But I do like sunsets and vegetables.  Orange vegetables get a carte blanch in my house.  A Get Out of Jail Free Card.  A Pass Go and Collect $200 status.  In truth, orange vegetables are the bomb.  Quite honestly, I can’t get enough of them and the best part is, they’re incredibly good for you.

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Thanksgiving Turkey – Six Ways To Make It More Interesting

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and has become increasingly so the older I get.  Not only is it the start of the festive holiday season but it’s an opportunity to take a breath and consciously sit and think about all I am grateful for.  That sounds trite but making memories and revisiting traditions helps to cement this gratitude.  Usually we begin the day with a very early start involving the local YMCA Turkey Dash.  Next we head home and watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on the TV with a glass of champagne in hand.  Then, as the National Dog Show is starting, the Thanksgiving turkey is shoved in the oven and we sit down for a game of Christmas-opoly, charades and other silly games.

The practice of roasting a turkey is not much of a big deal to a Brit, because we grew up enjoying ‘Sunday roasts’ most weekends.  So when Thanksgiving comes around I try to think of different ways to prepare the turkey, just for the thrill.  Here are a five ideas I have tried out with reasonable success.  And a sixth for good measure.

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Moroccan Tagine…in Casablanca as time goes by

Casablanca

I have a confession to make.  I have never been to Casablanca.  In fact, I am writing this blog about Moroccan Tagine without ever having been to Morocco or experienced authentic tajine.  When I say I haven’t experienced it, I mean I haven’t had the pleasure of cooking it in that unmistakeable cone-shaped earthenware pot.  I haven’t shared a traditional communal tagine in a mountain village and I haven’t been to Marrakech and haggled for one in the local markets. Clearly, after considerable research today, I have missed out on an unforgettable lifetime experience!  In fact, I am starting to think that once Covid’s over I need I need to start planning a vacation to Morocco and not just because I have a crush on Humphrey Bogart…

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South African Cuisine – Postcards from the Rainbow Nation

South African Cuisine

Well this is it.  I’ve been putting off writing this blog for a long time.   There’s only one meal left on Flavorly’s menu that I haven’t touched on in some form or other when discussing regional cuisine.  And it’s Peri-Peri Grilled Chicken.  Why have I left this amazing dish until last?  Because it is a classic example of South African cuisine and since Chef F and the Fourie family hail from this beautiful country, I feel they are far more qualified to talk about it than I.  However, by coincidence I did have the opportunity to spend a few years working in South Africa in my 20’s and have some very fond foodie memories.  So, this blog is a kind of homage to that period of time in my life.  In that spirit I will share with you three of my favorite culinary experiences from those days.

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Brunch is a Portmanteau! How do you like your eggs?

Eggs Benedict

Today was a day much like any other day during Covid.  Except that I have become more appreciative of my free time at the weekend now that I work full-time during the week.  Today I caught up with some girlfriends over brunch at The Oaks Kitchen & Bar in the Cane Island Community.  I don’t know what it is about brunch, but I could quite happily eat Eggs Benedict for brunch every Sunday whereas I would tire very quickly of eating any other meal with the same regularity.  I am spoiled for choice of brunch venue here in Katy, Texas and I suspect it is much the same in other parts of the country.  But brunch wasn’t always a ‘thing’ and its origins are interesting.

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Announcing Our Official Rebrand to Flavorly!

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We are so very excited to announce that we, Healthy Gourmet Your Way, has changed our official rebranding to EatFlavorly. The change includes both our visual identity and corporate mission.  It comes as the culmination of a series of recent changes in the meal provider marketplace and accommodates a shift in interest among our target demographic.  This shift reflects a transition from “diet-specific” meals to a more “culinary experience” focused decision-making paradigm.  We would love to share with you the thinking behind this rebrand and introduce you to our new website and mascot “Chef F”.  Therefore, read on to follow our journey…

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The Story of Clothed by Faith

Abi and Julius Fourie

Eatflavorly and Clothed by Faith (and its sister organization Closets for Schools) have a very special relationship.  They are tied together in philanthropic spirit by a desire to improve the lives of others.  They also share the same family spirit:  The Fourie family.Continue reading

Guy Fawkes Night: Remember Remember The 5th of November

On November 5th every year the British celebrate ‘Bonfire Night’ or ‘Guy Fawkes Night’.  This is an outdoors night time celebration that involves fireworks, sparkers, a bonfire and the construction of a straw ‘Guy’ that is ultimately tossed on the fire.  Inevitably Guy Fawkes Night is also associated with some very typically British dishes such as Bangers and Mash or Shepherd’s Pie.   Interestingly while the celebration has evolved into innocent family entertainment, its roots are macabre.

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