October 7, 2014
Food is one of the first things that comes to mind when we think of a particular culture. While eating local food will certainly give you a “taste” of the local lifestyle, step over to the other side of the kitchen counter if you really want some cultural perspective!
While visiting a Buddhist meditation center on a beautiful Nepali hillside for lunch, Sammy and I were invited to join the Buddhist nuns in preparing one of the day’s dishes: momos! Originating in Tibet, these delicious dumplings consist of a flour shell stuffed with buffalo, chicken, vegetables, or egg. Making momos felt like joining an assembly line: one person to flatten the flour shells, one to stuff and wrap them, and another working the oven. The kitchen was buzzing with activity as everyone did their job, creating a lively atmosphere filled with smiles and laughing.
In return, Sammy and I wanted to teach our Nepali host family how to a cook a dish they had never tried before: guacamole! We found all the ingredients at a local market and spent an evening with the kids splitting avocados, chopping tomatoes, and crying over diced onions. The end result was a delicious Nepali/Mexican crossover dinner (momos included) that the whole family enjoyed together.