It’s no surprise that one of the hardest parts about living in a foreign country is homesickness. Even though half my time is spent blown away at the fact we live here (example daily thoughts: “I’m walking up the stairs to our apartment in Paris?” “I’m ordering my baguette from OUR bakery in PARIS?!” “I just slipped and fell in dog poop IN PARIS?!?!”), there are also times where it’s not so easy to be be as optimistic.
Luckily, Mikael and I have been fortunate enough to have our fair share of antidotes to help ease the sickness’s symptoms – visitors, late-night or early-morning phone/Skype calls, and special surprises that come via La Poste. Favorites of the latter have been thoughtful cards, gift baskets, and care-packages, all received at the perfect moment. (But then again, when is a bad time to get mail?)
Besides missing my loved ones back home, there of course are certain flavors I long for, despite all Paris has to offer. New Mexican chile is my feel-good food, and a miracle was waiting in a package from my mom this past Christmas. Three jumbo bags of dehydrated red chile. You only need 4 Tbsp for a 2-cup batch of red chile sauce…like I said, a miracle.
To see the NM nectar in action, check out this recipe for French-inspired vegetarian enchiladas.