About Me

Welcome to A Global Garnish and my world of food and travel.

I’m old now, but as far back as I can remember, I was food focused. When I was a kid, at the dinner table, my sister used to surreptitiously feed me liver, eggplant, lamb, turnips, or whatever else she considered too exotic for her young palate.  Nothing was too weird for me to try — as long as I beat the dog to the under-the-table food pass.

Village in the Foothills of the Atlas Mountains – Morocco

My food focus became an obsession when I was 18 years old and roaming Morocco with a friend. A meal in a Moroccan Riad altered my understanding of taste and flavor boundaries forever.  I learned that all  you had to do was to keep exploring and traveling and you were likely to find a new taste treat around most any corner.

Four decades and two careers later, I can still remember that Moroccan meal, and I’m still exploring the world of food — whether in my neighbor’s vegetable garden or the far reaches of the globe.

I knew it was time to retire from my three-decade career as a scientist when I was as  interested in the food I was eating on my international business trips as in the work I was doing.  So, at age 50, I went to culinary school, surrounded by hopelessly-energetic 18-year-olds.  Then, thanks to a bit of chutzpah and unbelievable luck, I worked for two thrilling years as a prep cook with some of the best and brightest — at Vie Restaurant (now a Michelin Star restaurant), and for nearly five years as a private chef.  I’m not sure which was more exhausting. The food business is not for the faint of heart or the over-50 crowd — no matter how much you love it.

So, I quit the food business and moved to the beautiful Worcestershire countryside in England with my husband.  It was convenient to say that I quit because of our move rather than admitting that my joints were screaming at me — although both were true.

Now, I continue to travel and write about foods I discover — sharing tricks I have learned from culinary school and the food trade.  It is so much easier than working in the food business….

Food Stalls at Night in Jemma el-Fnaa (UNESCO Heritage Site) in Marrakech’s Medina


Logo artwork by Nanci Yermakoff

All photos are mine.  Please ask permission if you would like to use any of them.

37 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Jeannee – is there no end to your talents? Made e kedgeree yesterday so am super grateful we can get smoked haddock here. Have you posted the crab cakes yet? Sorry to keep on about them but they were the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Maybe it was the beach/wine/company – but I’m sure you’ll agree that’s what good eating’s all about.

    Jan x

  2. Only a fellow blogging addict like you could understand what a treat it was to find your recognition of my blog. Thank you so very much ThisSydneyLife !

    Hard to believe with all those great sites out there. I’m not sure I deserve this until I can learn to post fabulous photos like you and so many of my peers, but I won’t turn it down 🙂

  3. I followed you back from my blog — no I’m not a stalker — and liked what I’ve seen of your blog so far. I’ve subscribed so you’re bound to see more of me. Till next time … John

    • Thanks John. I haven’t had a chance to do much Italian yet, but have plenty of ideas from travels there as well as from my childhood Italian-American friends. I’ll look forward to your feedback….

  4. Merhaba! I’ve nominated you for a much deserved award so pop on over to my blog for details. Don’t worry if you are unable to fit it in as I won’t be offended – just enjoy the moment

    • Thank you soooo much Crazytrain! Funny, I had drafted a post to pass on my awards and YOU were on my list. So, you’ll be getting one more 🙂

      So am I just supposed to pick one from your list?? That would be fun.

  5. Just found your blog and slowly starting to read my way through it. Great stuff. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  6. You have a lovely blog. I enjoy reading your stories and looking at your photos & recipes. I look forward to reading more.

  7. Great blog (I popped over after you visited me) and I agree with what you say about those first impressions of Morocco 🙂 You now live in a beautiful part of England and have some wonderful recipes/tips on here!

    • Thank you Chica. We are now back in the U.S., but, yes, we were so lucky to live in the beautiful English countryside. While I love London, I think England is at its best in the country’s rural life. We could have lived in Birmingham, but chose to rent on a working English farm instead. I can’t imagine anything that would have been better than waking to the sound of the horses and birds in the morning 🙂

    • Peri – Since I LOVE your blog, I am very flattered that you are willing to nominate me for an award. I must admit that I am so very behind on returning these awards as well as saying “thank you”. My apologies for that but I truly cherish your feedback.

  8. What a lovely blog you gave. Living on a working farm & waking to the sounds of horses sounds divine!!! Looking forward to reading more of your recipes…hope you’ll visit my space sometime..

  9. I love your interest in international cuisine and love trying food from all over the world, even if I’m stuck at home and can’t be travelling! Your story is a very interesting one, and I love how you ended up in the beautiful English countryside. Your blog is great, and I’m glad I found it 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. Funny – I was just contemplating the pros/cons of changing my blog format – a bit of work for me. I wondered if it was worth it, but your nice words have inspired me to go ahead! And thanks for signing on…

  10. l love your about page story! I also went to culinary school later in life to study pastry and it’s the best thing I have done. I agree working in a commercial kitchen is not for the faint hearted. Looking forward to following your blog and trying out your recipes.

    • Thanks so much. Judging by your photo, I’m guessing you were quite as old! Good luck with your endeavors (checked out LemonGrove), but based on what I can see, I don’t think you’ll need luck. Looks fabulous.

  11. Dear sir/madam,

    I’m sendig this message about the use of your image for educational purposes ref 29547-01-83

    My name is Hilda Callenbach.
    I work for an educational publishing company (Edu’Actief – http://www.edu-actief.nl) and we are at this moment (among others) working on the development of teaching materials on the Asian Kitchen.

    In this training-material we would like to add a picture as shown on your website:
    The image:

    I would like to hear from you if you would consent for the usage of this image in this and other educational methods.

    I would like to hear from about the possibilities.

    If you need any additional information, please contact me.
    Sincerely ,

    Hilda Callenbac
    Met vriendelijke groet,
    Hilda Callenbach
    extern projectverantwoordelijke
    h.callenbach@edu-actief.nl / hilda@graphickitchen.nl
    M 06 21585933

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