Talking Spices with Malika Ameen

Malika Ameen’s first memory of food is her mother’s biryani. As an adult living far from home, the aroma of braised beef, basmati rice and spices cooking together would bring tears to Ameen’s eyes because it reminded her so powerfully of home and her mother. “I can envision my parent’s house and me in my…

Sarah Jordan

Flying Rhubarb and Flaming Hot Cheetos

This article was published in the September 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. I admire people who sink easily into a path and follow it. The mantra these days is to “follow your passion,” as if your whole life will be revealed to you if you manage to find…

Christmas Turkey

A Christmas Turkey Tradition

This article was published in the December 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Many Christmases ago in Belfast, I remember walking into my mother in-law’s kitchen to find a 30-pound turkey on the kitchen table. It stopped me in my tracks. I’d never seen a turkey that large, the aluminum-cooking…

curry ingredients

Eating Curry Chips Doesn’t Count

This article was published in the March 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. I fell in love with Indian food in Belfast at one of my now favorite dining spots, the Bengal Brasserie. Ireland’s take on curry is not the same as in India, of course, but the interpretation is…

Lemons and cloves

Toasting My Oven Fears

This article was published in the January 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. It’s the New Year, time to turn over a new leaf. For me, that means making a confession to you, dear readers. For the past year, I’ve been sharing stories with you about food, culture and…