Crunchy Cauliflower for #sundaysupper

When I stopped eating meat, about two years ago, my entire palate changed, particularly towards vegetables. This recipe for a brown butter seasoned topping to cauliflower is melt in your mouth good and will make a great side to any main dish or serve as a savory snack. You can reduce the amount of butter […]

Visit #Qatar’s First Public Children’s Library @maktabaqatar

You’ve heard about how networks are how business gets done. The worst of this is cronyism or nepotism. The best is three mothers, living in the same city, who see the same need: children who can fall in love with reading. Maktaba Children’s Library is the labor of love of mothers and volunteers living in […]

New Meals from Leftovers for #SundaySupper

The start of the academic calender erases the lazy days of summer in a snap. Today I was dropping off kids, picking up kids, teaching other people’s older than mine kids. My reward was this yummy sandwich for dinner, accompanied with a side of edamame. What was delightful about this toasted brown bread, guacamole spread, […]

Playing By Someone Else’s Rules

A friend is going through a divorce, a legal process that is difficult itself, because you are separating from the one who you thought  you would love forever. This friend is overseas, far from loved ones, and this condition, you may say, is the expat gamble, the downside to the Friday bubbly brunches. Since they […]

1 Superb Way to Talk about Race with Children

All summer long I’ve been taking pit stops between book signings to go to weddings, attend to medical treatments, and visit old friends. We were driving back from the beach. The van was full: four boys, and three parents. “You’re brown,” my friend’s blonde headed children to said to my son. “I’m not brown!” He […]

Crab Cakes for Summer Sunday Supper

I love summer because it’s a great time to catch up with friends and hit the road with family. This year I also got a chance to cook in the kitchens of friends. Here is a crab cake recipe we mixed up. Easy to do and bakes in a muffin tin so you can be […]

All You Need to know about The Aerling Series

Don’t you love finding a new author and then discovering she has a series? The Aerling Series by DelSheree Gladden will be available exclusively on Kindle as a regular ebook and as part of the Kindle Unlimited program. As a bonus, there are  3 EXCLUSIVE short stories Aerling fans will only find in the box […]

No-Nonsense Writing Prompts

Last week I was at the Alif Institute and Old Tampa Bookstore, urging people to write as quickly as they could in 15 minutes to respond to three different writing prompts. We retold the original version of Rapunzel, Italian, called Petrosinella, or parsley. Before Disney brushed up the story,  in which a mother was hungry […]

Sunday Supper on the Road

We have been traveling for the last five weeks or so and let me tell you, road trips can be tons of fun if you aren’t in any particular hurry. Eating on the fly though can be tough on the wallet and also on the waistline. One way to counter the fast food is to […]

Where to Find MohaDoha

I’ve been on the road this July promoting my new book, The Migrant Report. Don’t forget to stop in to your local independent bookshop or library before your road trip to pick up a great read. Book tour update from Florida: all smiles in what feels like 100% humidity. Remember, if you read something you […]

3 Reasons You Would Download a Podcast

This summer is a mix of business and pleasure. I’ve been in the United States with the family for two weeks and I have been to one wedding, completed one surgery, held one writing workshop and finished two book events. We are only halfway through. While on the road trip part of this holiday, podcasts […]

How to Talk About Sexual Assault #letstalkaboutit

Winnie and I became friends as part of the Doha Writers’ Workshop. She moved away a few years ago to pursue her interest in creative writing and has not been idle. One of the many things she’s been up to is establishing the Clear Lines Festival, four days of events to help us talk about […]

How to be the Only Brown Person for Miles

This past weekend was a historic moment for several reasons. My college roommate, friend of 18 years, got married. She happens to be from Remlap, Alabama. This was a state I had not previously visited. She, however, has made countless trips back and forth over the last 8 years to see me and our growing […]

How to Find MohaDoha this July

A book tour is like your five year old birthday party: you’re excited to show off your newest creation and terrified no one will come. I’ll be in DC, NYC, ATL, Tampa, and Gainesville, FL this month talking to readers about my first foray into crime writing. Join us! What are you reading this summer?

Quick Guide to Making Your Own Memes

Check out Pablo by Buffer. You can use their cityscape or natural landscapes. I uploaded a photo to celebrate the American Ballet Theater appointing Misty Copeland as their principal dancer. The first time an African American woman was so named. There are plenty of fonts to choose from – you can also position several text […]

Leadership According to Jon Snow

Over 8 million viewers tuned in for the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen the finale yet, or begun season 5, this blog post is not for you. Come back in two days when I’ll have a poster to share for Wordless Wednesday. For the rest of us, I’ve been […]

Strawberry Tuna Salad for #sundaysupper

A light salad is the perfect meal for summer. You may be confused how tuna and strawberries come together (as I was initially). The secret is in the salad dressing or vinaigrette. Really the key to assembling a tasty veggie treat is to be true to your flavor profile. You can’t go wrong if you […]

#gratitudeforgasstationattendents

Starting a blog can feel daunting. I have a friend who spreads her cheer the modern old school way: she sends emails. A week or so ago, I got a note from her about making care kits for the gas station attendants who pump gas for drivers across Qatar. These guys work long hours, day […]

How to Tell if You Might Turn into Rachel Dolezal

Newly arrived to America, from the ethnocentric post-doc community of Canada, was like being thrown in a pile of snow. “Report to the library to talk to the reporter about Martin Luther King Jr.,” my elementary school teacher said. In Palo Alto, CA of the ’80s, being Indian meant non-white. I trudged to the library […]

Veggie Strudel for Sunday Supper

This veggie strudel is a savory treat – kind of like an egg roll on steroids – and can be served as a starter or a complete meal on those lazy weekends. Roast your veggies, wrap them up, and viola! Crisply baked in about thirty minutes. Serve with dipping sauce. A photo posted by Mo […]