The trip had been planned for almost a year. My friend Tommy organized the entire shebang; I was just a grateful-to-be-invited tagalong. The countries on our itinerary are places I have longed to see for much of my life: Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Cambodia. When you are already enamored of a people and their cuisine, it is inevitable that you will fall more deeply in love when you are immersed in their culture.
Brown Rice Grape Leaf Salad
All of the following recipes are from “Salad for Dinner” by Jeanne Kelley. This first recipe is similar to stuffed grape leaves, dolma. A lot of grocery stores now carry grape leaves in brine, if you can’t find them, try using a tablespoon of capers to mimic the pickley flavor of grape leaves.
1 cup brown rice, cooked in 21/4 cups water
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
1/2 cup currants or raisins