The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry


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Orange Wellness Elixir

OrangeTST お元気ですか?(O-genki desu ka?) Vous allez bien? Dje si? Shnoo ahwalak? Wherever I travel, I like to think about linguistic nuances that reveal something about a culture, and sometimes even about human nature. While every place has its own version of “How are you?” and other common greetings, there are some places that add a distinct and interesting twist. In Japan, “O-genki desu ka?” asks not only how you are, but also whether you have good health, energy and spirit. The French likewise often eschew the open-ended “How are you?” for the more to-the-point “Are you well?” Continue reading

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Silky Braised Leeks from “My Berlin Kitchen”

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Eat your alliums! This is one of the lasting messages of Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, for the old mantra of “eat your veggies” just doesn’t cut it anymore. As Robinson points out, not all veggies are created equal, and alliums contain some of the most powerful nutrients and health-boosting qualities you can consume. Garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, shallots — all these can be powerful antidotes to disease. Continue reading