Reading The Gambia: The Sun Will Soon Shine

Though she be but littleshe is fierce.” – William Shakespeare

The Sun Will Soon Shine by Sally Sadie Singhateh is all the proof  you’ll ever need that a powerful story can be told with the slightest of touches.

Clocking in at just over 100 pages, this slim book packs a serious punch with a protagonist you love right away; you deeply feel her pain, and her triumphs.

A Woman Walking, Gambia
A Woman Walking, Gambia

 

Reading Singapore: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Going back over some older ground…because I never read a book about Singapore. Which is ridiculous.

The wait was worth it! On the recommendation of very smart book blogger, Bibloglobal, I picked up The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chey by Sonny Liew and I’m so very glad I did.

Dazzling. Brilliant. A complete vision executed flawlessly.
I don’t know – I COULD GO ON AND ON.

I’m blown away. It’s that good. And I won’t discuss it further, because I might ruin it for you. Just one more thing: don’t read any other reviews before you dig into this graphic novel. Wait until after and all shall be illuminated…trust me!

Cover of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Cover of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (image from http://www.sonnyliew.com)

 

Country #40: The Gambia

Back to West Africa, and I’m thrilled! This will be my first in-depth introduction to The Gambia, and I’m truly excited about it. A country surrounded on three sides by another country (Senegal), and dominated by a single natural feature (the Gambia river), just the physical dynamics of the place seem super cool. Very ready to jump in, meet some new people via my reading, and have the chance to cook some more delicious Western African food.

Here we go!

 

Wassu Stone Circles
Wassu Stone Circles (Image by shaunamullally, via Wikimedia Commons) Senegambian stone circles (megaliths) which run from Senegal through the Gambia and which are described by UNESCO as “the largest concentration of stone circles seen anywhere in the world”.

Thinking Ahead: Cook All The Things!

I am a bit of an obsessive about lists, so I love this time of year. Lists of presents to buy, places to go, gifts to ship, and my very, very favorite: goals for 2018. I love that!

I don’t feel bad if I don’t conquer that last list right away; I look at resolutions for the new year ahead as pleasant aspirations, not mountains to conquer. Even if I never quite hit the actual mark, I’ll have made some forward progress in my life nonetheless. My biggest challenge is to not over-commit; I get so enthusiastic about all of the things I would love to do, and the delight of that fresh start of a new calendar…I want to tackle everything!

Not a good idea, of course, so I’m publicly proclaiming my intention to focus on…FOOD.

More specifically, cooking for The Global Reader. Despite the very best intentions, I’m exiting 2017 18 countries behind – kind of dilutes the power of my tagline, doesn’t it?
“Reading (and eating) my way around the world super slowly and out of sync” just doesn’t have a compelling ring to it…

Procrastination

So. Time to tackle the backlog. I’m going to invite people over to help me cook, photograph, and eat all of the good things waiting on my attention.
Global Sunday Suppers!

Here’s a list of the countries we’ll be working through over the first half of 2018:

Albania
Trinidad & Tobago
Costa Rica
Djibouti
Australia
Panama
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cayman Islands
Romania
Bolivia
Cyprus
South Africa
Hong Kong
New Zealand
Portugal
Japan
Guatemala
Libya

That’s a lot, but because I am who I am, I’ll also wrap up a list of recipes from a British Monarchy Cooking class I took last year, and possibly an Ancient Roman dinner, and a Harry Potter-inspired menu as well. I hope to add more fun stuff like those to my cooking experiences, so if you happen to have a time period/literary character/movie/anything you’d like to tackle…let me know. Let’s cook all of the things!

let-the-feast-begin