It always amazes me when a trip you've been planning for months is suddenly here. I bought my plane tickets to Peru at the beginning of March and while it seemed I had all the time in the world to prepare, I leave tomorrow for my South American adventure. While I've been to South America before (Argentina and Uruguay), I know that Peru is going to be drastically different, more on par with Mexico, another favorite country of mine.
As I don't eat lettuce I am always on the lookout for delectable vegetable salads to make. I've found some great recipes over the years, but none may hold a candle to my most recent discovery, a sweet and sour red onion and cucumber salad that is from Thai cuisine. I made it (along with my mom's awesome sous chef help) the weekend my parents were visiting. We had it with the chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce, and honestly, what a fantastic pairing.
I've only ever read one Philippa Gregory book, The Constant Princess, which is a fictional account of the life of Catherine of Aragon, daughter of the Catholic monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel. I enjoyed it but I'm not enthralled by her writing like some people are (the individuals who read every single novel about about the English monarchy that was ever written). However, when I heard that BBC was going to be making a television movie/series on her book The White Queen and that it would be mainly filmed in Bruges, Belgium, my interest was piqued.