I have been MIA for a while. Studies, life and the universe getting in the way. The usual. Now things are progressing in a mellower mood and just maybe I got away this time with just a warning as to take things easy or else. So, haven't been trying any new and wonderful recipes really, and, gasp, the store bought bread made its way back in our kitchen this week. Only joking. About the gasp part, that is. Although nobody seems to be eating the bread, and the Daughter keeps complaining about the bread not being " soft and warm" , I am capable of giving myself some slack should slack be called for. Some things one should not mess around with, health being on the top of the list of those things.
So I've also been eating out quite a bit. Not an easy task in a town this size that seems to pride itself on offering either dirt cheap generic pizza or overpriced restaurant food that you feel an idiot for paying for because you know for certain that you yourself could make whatever they're offering much better at home. Until this spring when I found my way into a little cafe that for a long time was virtually hiding behind a load of scaffolding that had now finally been removed. It was a cafe owned by a very young woman from Afghanistan (you can see where this is going now, can't you?) and I instantly fell in love with not only the lovely pastries on offer but also the friendly, cosy atmosphere provided by the people working there. One of whom I later found out to be the young woman's mother. And when they started serving lunches, well, I was sold. I will not even attempt to describe the dishes on offer, if you're interested there are some Persian recipes available for example here at allrecipes.com.
But besides giving me a full belly, going there also got me thinking. It got me thinking about what did I actually know about Afghanistan, or come to think of it, that region in general. If you're like me, and not like my Sister-the-International-Politics-Genious, you've probably seen the news, read the papers and that's it. Or maybe not even that much. So, going there also got me reading, and for starters I read my way through these