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Cooking should be a communal activity in all cultures

The recent visit from my in-laws reminded me afresh about the community spirit fostered by family cooking. My mother-in-law graciously taught me how to make ogbono stew, which you can see in the lovely picture I took here. The yellowish … Continue reading

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Creating a household ‘food policy’

Maybe my childhood was ultra-Draconian, but I took it for granted that people just didn’t go to a fridge anytime they were hungry and help themselves. My mother always carefully budgeted our breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every scrap of … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from unpacking

Whew! I always thought we were fairly frugal, anti-materialistic folk … that is, until we moved to our house. Boxes and bags of stuff accompanied us, and we still haven’t finished unpacking them. Even minimalist living comes complete with advertisements … Continue reading

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Buying a house during a housing slump

Not sure how or why this happens, but my husband and I seem to be bucking trends lately. At a time when the housing market sinks to new lows (this MSN article cheerily concludes the slump is far worse than … Continue reading

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Moving out of your parents’ house

I recently came across this interesting article from Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, “Moving Back in With Your Parents? 5 Tips to Make It Easier.” And that, of course, got me thinking about multicultural differences. For many cultures, living with your parents is … Continue reading

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Praying for babies

So I got a subtle (OK, not-so-subtle) reminder from my mother-in-law today about babies. In the country where my husband is from, people often wonder what’s wrong if the married couple hasn’t ushered forth new progeny within a year of … Continue reading

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