Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Corner View - Staple Foods

staple foods in my corner of the world is tricky. i am always torn between showing you australia ... where i live ... or me ... which is not australian.

maybe i should give you the quick version of my life story. ready ? here goes. my dad was in the us navy. i was born in spain, moved to italy when i was 4 years old, moved to maryland, usa in grade 1, moved back to spain in grade 4 , moved to canada in grade 7, moved BACK TO SPAIN AGAIN !! in grade 9, moved to japan half way through grade 12, moved to colorado when i was 21 years old, moved to australia at 24 years old. i'm 36 now and still here. my parents are american. my husband is australian. my children are half and half. most people think my accent is canadian when they guess but they always know that is not quite right. i use american and australian words and can't really remember which is which anymore. i just talk and if people don't know what I'm saying, they (usually) ask ! i have some words that I use only in spanish, japanese and even hindi that are from my childhood. (my grandparents grew up in india but that is a different story !)

so ... back to food. staple food for me is broad. growing up all over the world, i have a love affair with so many types of food ! if i cooked every recipe i want to try from now until i die, i'd live to be over a million years old ! ha ha. want proof ? go to my cooking blog ...

i'm off track !

i decided to go australian this week ... here are three foods i didn't eat until i moved to australia ... and links to the recipes !!


the aussie meat pie ... in this case beef and guinness


roast veggies

i'm excited to come round and visit everyone this week ! although, i think i need to make sure not to do it on an empty stomach. my keyboard doesn't like it when i drool on it !!

if you want to sneak a peek as well, start at jane's spain daily ...


One Shabby Chick July 1, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

Yes, but where is that churro recipe :-)

Traveling Mama July 1, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

That is quite the list of countries! We have words like that in our house too since my family is Greek and we've lived in Spain and Morocco. Doesn't it just seem that some languages express some things better? The food pics look delish!

Dana July 1, 2009 at 6:14 PM  

thanks for the little bio. you're a true 3rd culture kid, aren't you. my husband's father was in the army, so he experienced a similar childhood of many moves. ironically, he never lived in italy as a child, but has chosen to be here most of his adult life. i'm off to the kitchen after those pics.

Dorte July 1, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

very interesting post ... a what a list of countries. I really like your presentation of Australian food :-)

;) July 1, 2009 at 6:33 PM  

How lucky you are !! What a life ! I like your half and half food !! And nice pictures ! Thanks !

Anonymous July 1, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

Wooaaahhhh......this is goooooooooood!!!! I'm going to your cooking blog.

But what a world girl you are. Now I feel less guilty (towards my kids) about moving (9 time in 15 years).

Ooh, I'm sooo hungry now.

Allison July 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM  

I find that I cook completlely different now than when I lived in the States. I have used my "basic" recipe book more than I would have ever imagined. Looks like I would really like to sample the foods in Australia.

Pamela July 1, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

Great story - I was an Army brat and traveled back and forth across the Atlantic four times by the age of 18 so I know the feeling of having broad tastes in food. Your pictures are fabulous!

Kasia July 1, 2009 at 8:44 PM  

omg, Bonnie, how many places you have lived in... wow!
Great photos, I can almost feel the smell of this meat pie...

Thank you for sharing and have a great day,

Jodi July 1, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

I love cornerviews since I also take time to look over older posts. I must say I love the couches and would sit on them happily but am no no no good at decorating. The kids look happy in their summer vacation elements and YUM for the scones, aussie meat pie and veggies!!! thanks for posting!

Joyce July 1, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

Thank you for sharing your world travels. I didn't know. Was it hard growing up moving in all the neat places? I hope you share your grandparents story of India. I got the travel bug now. smile...

Thanks for the recipes too! I'm off to visit your other blog. xoxo

Joyce July 1, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

Thank you for sharing your world travels. I didn't know. Was it hard growing up moving in all the neat places? I hope you share your grandparents story of India. I got the travel bug now. smile...

Thanks for the recipes too! I'm off to visit your other blog. xoxo

Palmer and Co July 2, 2009 at 12:02 AM  

Wow, Bonnie! I had no idea you were such a world traveler! What a great experience!

Love your food choices! I'm totally going to do the Aussie Meat Pie! Looks amazing! Anything with the word 'pie' attached to it must be good!

Happy Day!

Crescent Moon July 2, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

I have got to stop reading these blogs when I am hungry. That all looks so good!
That is quite an exciting childhood you had. It sounds like it would make a great book.

Cate July 2, 2009 at 12:26 AM  

fun life. you sound like you might have settled down in australia (for good?)

the scones look divine!

jane July 2, 2009 at 1:50 AM  

that meat pie looks good enough to eat. i´ll be back for the recipe. thanks bonnie! besos!

caitlin July 2, 2009 at 2:32 AM  

I've always heard that people in the military travel a lot.. but WOW! That must have been hard as a kid, but also very interesting. I loved hearing your life story. I also loved seeing those scones.. mmmmm.

Desiree July 2, 2009 at 2:44 AM  

My goodness! I should have read your corner first of them all! I am so hungry!!!! By the way, your food looks delicious!
Also, it must be a very interesting place, your kitchen, with such worldly influence!
Off to eat! Bye!

Daan July 2, 2009 at 3:04 AM  

That's a great bio, wow i'm impressed!
I love your cooking!
Thanks or the inspiration.

lots of sun!

Kath July 2, 2009 at 3:15 AM  

You have some astute readers of this blog of yours, loved the comments about the word specialties of different languages, and the photo evoking a smell, and the interest created by having a worldly kitchen. As for the post, LOVED the bio, it succinctly hit the geographical highlights and essenses! How have I not fixed that steak and guiness pie before?! Lots of love to my cultured kid!

Ana Cristina Abreu July 2, 2009 at 3:29 AM  

the scones looks perfect and so delicious!!!
thanks for sharing!!

Mrs. Wallace July 2, 2009 at 4:06 AM  

Jill makes yummy should have her make you some next time your here...which will be...??? :-) And thank you for passing on your love afair with roast veggies. LOVE THEM! :-)

Demara July 2, 2009 at 5:29 AM  

it's lunchtime and those roasted veggies are looking droolingly superbly oishiiiii!! :)

Love your corner views! I just eat so much Asian food that I'm not really sure what Canadian food looks like, although I suppose I could take pictures of things around town that I think are Canadian. Who knows? or maybe I could just look at the Corner View posts as things I've seen around my town that are not necessarily Canadian.

We'll see. *wink*

Jenell July 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

Bonnie, I'm comin' over! No, really. Your food looks sooo good. I can see that you have a love affair with it. Now I do, too! I loved hearing a little about your travels, too.

Sabba and Nanny July 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM  

Loved this post. I love reading and hearing what our children have to say about their peripatetic upbringing. I'm glad you guys adapted and enjoyed your "third-culture" childhood as much as we did. Forever proud of our American heritage, we have always been open to, and appreciative of, other countries, peoples, and cultures, particularly our beloved hosts in Nihon, Espana, and Italia (okay, Canada, too). We certainly love and appreciate our Australian friends and family, too, and we're delighted to see you adapting to your home down under (at the Antipodes).

et lille oejeblik - a little moment July 2, 2009 at 6:30 PM  

those roast veggies look absolutely yummy!

Sophie July 2, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

Great pictures!

I think is nearly time for scones, may I?


Unknown July 2, 2009 at 11:14 PM  

Thanks for sharing!
Would be great to discover your word mix.

Susi July 3, 2009 at 7:29 AM  


Great and beautifull pictures on your blog, alos the school holiday!
Lovely, I'm enjoying this view too!

epe July 3, 2009 at 9:17 AM  

your story is amazing and all those dishes looks delicious!

Kayren July 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM  

Love that first food, Bonnie.

And I'm glad you gave a short synopsis of your growing up years. I knew you were American and your dad was in the Navy so you were sort of all over the place, but it's nice to know kind of where. That's funny how you use different languages for certain words, and if you came my way you'd probably fit in pretty well since I'm so close to Canada. They just have a little bit more Scandanavian/Norwegian twang than people here.

Ida/FarEastLogbook July 3, 2009 at 5:31 PM  

I loved reading your story, very interesting- and here I thought that I'd moved a lot as a kid!! It must be great to know so many languages!

shayndel July 6, 2009 at 3:25 AM  

Delicious photos.
Wow, your high school years in Japan?
What a challenge! did you go to an international school?
Sounds fascinating to have lived in so many places.

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