Duck meatball soup in Kyoto railway station.
[Photo: Badger Forrest-Blincoe]
My name is Juan Alejandro Forrest de Sloper (John Forrest when in English-speaking countries). I was born in Argentina, grew up in Australia, went to university in England and the U.S., and then was professor of anthropology at Purchase College, S.U.N.Y for 32 years. When I retired, I first moved back to Buenos Aires for 5 years then on to Kunming, capital of Yunnan province in mainland China, for 2. Visa problems forced me to leave China, so I moved to Mantua in northern Italy for 2 years, and then to Mandalay in Myanmar. I was hoping to stay in Mandalay for about a year but had some problems with my situation (greatest being not having a kitchen). So after 4 months I moved to Phnom Penh where I now live. All good for the taste buds.
One of my specialties as an anthropologist is ritual and celebration. I also have a passion for world cuisine (and have traveled all over the world in search of dishes in their native homes — my post-retirement rambles being merely a continuation of my habitual lifestyle). This blog combines those two interests. Daily (as much as possible) I will post an anniversary, birthday, saint’s feast, national holiday, or some other reason to mark that date, accompanied by a recipe that is appropriate. You will find that no matter what the date, there is always something to celebrate and something to cook!
Norfolk Steamed Pudding
Cazuela de Mariscos
Ceviche in Machu Picchu
Spiny Lobster on Easter Island