There were times when I was traveling with the band that I longed for a home cooked meal and my own pillow, but last year was the complete antithesis. It seriously lacked the exotic factor of travel abroad.

Traveling “light” in Gstaad, Switzerland 1983
Whether it is the adrenalin rush of safari, exploring ancient ruins, admiring art, the aromas of a spice plantation, rummaging through a souk for some hidden treasure, to traditional garb subliminally influencing my own sense of style. I love to be completely immersed in the history, and dabble in adventure. The gypsy in me is begging to venture into the unknown, but sadly travel abroad was not on the cards last year.
“Jewels” from The Roving Stove is read in 141 countries/territories
Then I thought about my google analytics, and had an aha moment! If I can’t come to where you are, maybe you can bring a piece of your culture to all of us? Would you like to be a guest blogger on “Jewels” from The Roving Stove? I’d love to hear your story, and have you share a local recipe with us to help stave off my wanderlust.
Tatjana riding a baby elephant in Thailand
Tatjana playing with a friendly baby elephant in Thailand
The not so friendly elephant outside our tent in Kenya
I want to hear about you, what your daily life is like, and what sights you feel we shouldn’t miss when we do visit your country one day. What are your favorite pastimes, and what is the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner there?
Julie Anne Rhodes in Croatia
Last summer before last in Croatia
Please send me your favorite local recipe with a photo of you (one of your recipe too would be helpful, but not mandatory), and some background about you and your homeland. For more information please visit the discussion section of my facebook page here. or send your posts to guestblogforjewels@gmail.com. I will then try to post some of these international gems once a month, so at very least we can all have a taste of what it is like to live in your land.
Julie Anne Rhodes in Croatia 2
Relaxing in Hvaar
I’m hoping one of you will send me an authentic recipe for this wonderful lepinja I had in Hvaar summer before last.
Croatia 2010
Lepinja
The bread’s consistency was like a cross between thin crust pizza dough and pita. It had garlic, rosemary, sea salt with chopped olives on top. When dipped into the fragrant local olive oil it was difficult to stop at just one piece – threatening to spoil my appetite for the freshly caught grilled red fish thaWhat international cuisines are your favorites, and what would you like to try that you haven’t yet?
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  • January 19, 2011
    11:07 am

    Brilliant Julie Anne! For those of us who are feeling uninspired and denied a holiday this will be a little mental escape. Looking forward to reading your guest posts.Cupcake

  • January 19, 2011
    5:25 pm

    I love asian food! It seems the most adaptable to being vegan/vegetarian. I try to keep miso paste on hand to add to soups, even if I'm just making a vegetable soup. It's just a nice background flavour. Italian food is also pretty easy to do vegan other than not using cheeze. I find I wander through the international aisle looking at spices and other packages (dried mushrooms etc,) to get ideas to put something different together. Cooking for one is a drag, but putting the leftovers in single serving containers and freezing them gives me a nice variety of foods. But, since you put up the recipe for the tofu wrapped in romaine, that has become a staple. You can even roll it in rice paper and tie with chives. A nice dinner with a bowl of miso broth.

  • January 19, 2011
    5:31 pm

    Hahaha – Tatjana and I just had it for dinner a few nights ago, and she's already asking for more, Ruthee.Thats what I am hoping for Cupcake – now it's up to all of you in those 140 other countries to help us out please.

  • January 19, 2011
    8:21 pm

    Well I am not sure I could write much about my country, which techincally is the UK but I live in Wales, but we have some local recipies which I could unearth. Our food is typically English but there are some Welsh favourites Teisen Lap, Welsh Cakes (very fattening though but scrummy) oh and the welsh love of Lavabread (basically its boiled down seaweed which I find disgusting but my nan loves it). Then there is cawl, so I could in effect write something foody for you. See what kind of response you get but I can hunt out the recipies (my Nan has loads) and maybe you'd like to see some.

  • January 19, 2011
    10:34 pm

    What a great, original idea!Ellis Mulder

  • January 19, 2011
    10:37 pm

    Yeah, I hope you'll join in Ellis!

  • January 20, 2011
    2:32 am

    Girl, when I was doing today's post on Dianne Brill, I noticed a picture of you and Dianne in her book. I was meaning to scan it but my scanner was uncooperative. I'll do it at some point and add you to the post!

  • January 20, 2011
    11:44 am

    I live in England. I think you probably know all you want to know about here. Hahaha! I do try to travel to interesting places. As an American living in England (nearly 11 years), we know that Europe is on our doorstep and therefore try to take advantage of travel any chance I get. 2009 took me to Venice, Italy twice. I loved it so much the first time, I took my husband the second time. I'm now taking a friend for Easter holidays there. Last year I went to Amsterdam. I grew up in a Dutch town in Washington state so it was great to finally see the real thing. I'm off to Florida next week for a visit with my family. I haven't been back to the USA in 3 1/2 years so it's high-time I got back. I love Japan very much and have been there twice. I love everything about Japan and it's culture. Japanese food is certainly my favourite cuisine with Italian a close second.As you can see, I love to travel so I look forward to reading about countries I haven't visited and to learn new cooking skills too! Great idea JulieAnne! :)

  • January 20, 2011
    5:35 pm

    What a cool idea! I've not traveled in years, except online. I used to live in Prague, Czech Republic, as a student and later an ESL teacher, but am grounded in good old Mid Michigan right now, which only sometimes feels like a foreign country. :)My favorite thing to eat in Prague was waffles (which I never eat at home). There were several small waffle shops that had walk up windows, and I'm not sure exactly what it was about these waffles, but they were absolutely delicious. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world…lots of beautiful architecture to look at, and street musicians. It's changed a lot since I lived there though, from the last visit I had in 2007.

  • January 21, 2011
    7:00 pm

    How sweet!Bj Nelson

  • January 21, 2011
    9:55 pm

    I feel ignorant…I don't even know what's lepinja…:-(Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 21, 2011
    9:55 pm

    If you click on the link Guiliana it will take you to the blog post where there is a description of lepinja.

  • January 22, 2011
    5:15 pm

    Julianne, I will think about a recipe from here that it's easy and tasty… mmm… what to send?Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • January 22, 2011
    5:15 pm

    It looks live very thin pizza…but the real pizza IS very thni,.when you eat it in the South of Italy, with origan and garlic not rosemary, which we use to perfume roasted chicken; this one hasn't got cheese (mozzarella)…Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 22, 2011
    7:09 pm

    You are simply too glam and gorgeous. Hmmm. Those provincial peasant menus are my weakness. Cassoulet, sauerkraut and boiled potatoes with sausage, ham, pork chops and a monster mustard.

  • January 22, 2011
    9:12 pm

    Ke linda!!!!!!Alejandra Gutierrez

  • January 22, 2011
    9:12 pm

    She's so fabulous.Cynthia Occelli

  • January 22, 2011
    9:12 pm

    ‎…sooo sweet!!!China Barbara

  • January 22, 2011
    9:13 pm

    A Dumbo friend!Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 22, 2011
    9:16 pm

    That is exactly why she wanted an elephant Guiliana – Dumbo. She had a toy Dumbo she carried everywhere with her.

  • January 22, 2011
    10:08 pm

    Can't wait to see the international flavor. My fav is the safron bread my mom makes. Her Great Gram brought the recipe over from Varmland Sweden.

  • January 23, 2011
    12:54 am

    Oooooooh please do share Tracey.

  • January 24, 2011
    5:06 pm

    If you are interested I can share my Dalmatian brodetto recipe, the way my grandpa used to make it. Traditional mediterranean food, healthy and yummy, I cook it twice a month.

  • January 24, 2011
    6:29 pm

    Yes PLEASE Vinnes! I would love that, and I'm sure everyone else would too.

  • January 24, 2011
    9:10 pm

    Will do it, an article with step by step photos I suppose, I would start with picking up the foodstuffs from the food store, as we know choosing the right "material" is very important, then preparation, then the magic starts… Although I am amateur cook enthusiast with limited skills *blush*, but brodetto is kinda my thing. It will be my pleasure to share it with "The Rowing Stove".