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I am BACK! Let’s make cheese… edit

10_2 I was born with  my umbilical cord attached to a computer and the Internet. Maybe I was way ahead from my piers and fellow normal kids in my generation. It is sweet and sour I would say. I have had "Internet withdrawals" for the last week. Believe me when I say that I have been barely one step from the complete and nonsense computer death and resurrection. I have been there; it's bad. A real mean human-nature interaction, or should I better call it "revenge?"

9 Ten days without Internet and telephone just because Father nature's heavy rain caused a mudslide in the area we were visiting in Ecuador, the beautiful Andes itself at the maximum expression. Full of tricks and treats I enjoyed to the fullest. It made me think and re-think about what is really important in life. Sometimes we forget about those little details.

I was convulsive at times. Revolting every minute the first day that the telephone line kicked the bucket. What a way to disappear. Oh boy! Sure it had some style I would say. No telephone. No Internet. I sure could have traveled back to Quito every time I wanted to connect to the Internet, BUT then it was that two hours drive, and all the traffic, and the altitude change. Ahhhhhh! I better stayed in Nanegalito. Just beautiful shades of green, the morning fragrant mist in the gardens after a night full of rain, the fresh milk and cheese, the walks in the farm and the meals with friends that were experiencing the same internet-ical issues smile

2_12 There was no lack of hot water, I had even a traditional Andean brick bread oven one hundred meters from the house available to use. I even asked some of the workers to clean it, with my hopes to bake there at least one time. It seemed to me that it had not been used in ages. Real ages, because you have to understand that time in the Andes walks very slowly. This time there was so much rain that when I made it to the other side...it was too early or too late to bake. I will do my best to bake something there. It's a promise.

5_6 I am now back in Panama, doing the laundry and catching up on my e-mail at the same time. I leave you here with some photos. Tomorrow I'll blog about artisan cheese making in the Ecuadorian Andes. Fantastic delicious photos and more stories await us.

I missed you very much. I am glad to be back home.


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  • by Chef Melissa
  • February 20, 2006
  • 4:28 pm


Picture of Don Ray Don Ray said on...
02.20.06 at 05:21 PM |

Welcome back! You have been missed.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
02.20.06 at 05:37 PM |

The cooking with tabaco recipes are coming smile Hugs!

Picture of Elena Hernández Elena Hernández said on...
02.20.06 at 06:04 PM |

Believe me, we must be twin sisters, I was born with my umbilical cord attached to the computer too!!!!
Now welcome back and show us that cheese por favor!!

Picture of Nerissa Nerissa said on...
02.20.06 at 06:40 PM |

Sure have missed having you around. Glad to see you back. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to smile

Picture of Marcela Marcela said on...
02.20.06 at 10:16 PM |

Bienvenida de regreso a casa! Se te extrañó por acá...
Un beso y hasta prontito,

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
02.20.06 at 10:47 PM |

ELENA: gracias por la visita amiga!!! Ya mañana publico las fotos y receta para el queso smile

Thank you NERISSA & MARCELA! I am really happy to be back…There is so much to share! HUGS smile

Picture of Ivonne Ivonne said on...
02.21.06 at 01:08 AM |

Oh Melissa!

My internet was down for 3 days and I couldn’t take it ... I don’t know how you managed for 10!

I’m so glad everything is working again for you!

Picture of Ruth Ruth said on...
02.21.06 at 09:07 AM |

Melissa, welcome back.

Sorry about your withdrawal.  I can tell by the photos that at least the eating experience wasn’t affected.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
02.21.06 at 11:04 AM |

Hola girls! You are right Ruth, I did my best to enjoy the eating experience. I am happy to report that I found some of the best places in Quito to eat Seafood. Restaurants showcasing the food from the coast of Ecuador. Simply delicious,...although there was ONE time that the food looked fabulous, BUT it was a complete dissapointment. That’s life I guess smile

Picture of Cannella Cannella said on...
02.21.06 at 01:31 PM |

Bienvenida de vuelta!!!
Te gustará saber que al final he utilizado yo el regalo de Typepad. Lo puedes ver en http://polentaemusso.typepad.com
¿Vas a participar en el BBBook?
Un beso

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
02.21.06 at 01:39 PM |

Cannella! que pena contigo que te dejé plantada para el 14. Siento mucho que no haya podido publicar la receta como habíamos quedado. Pero ya veras que te mando el link en los proximos dias para que lo agregues a la recopilacion tan preciosa que has hecho.

Ando medio perdida, o perdida y media…...no se lo que es el BBBook. Que es? Se necesita invitación?


Picture of Michelle Michelle said on...
02.21.06 at 03:32 PM |

YAY!  You’re back!  I’m so happy!  Beautiful pictures - I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!  I completely understand your internet withdrawals - when I was on a ship for a month collecting deep-sea worms, the one thing I missed most of all was the Internet!  (besides LB, of course!)

Picture of Sailaja Sailaja said on...
02.22.06 at 09:45 AM |

Welcome back,Melissa.You were missed.So nice to see you back.

Picture of vlb5757 vlb5757 said on...
02.22.06 at 05:56 PM |

Well, I am glad to see that you have made it through having no internet.  I had to have my computer fixed once and it was three days of hell.  I paced and whined and then I practically knocked down the computer guy when he delivered my baby back to me.  I feel your pain! LOL!

Picture of sha sha said on...
02.24.06 at 12:02 PM |

Imagine I went to Indonesia and logged my laptop
but then there were internet cafes everywhere
but somehow on the 4th day.. i said to myself
I came here to savour indonesia etc
so i stopped visiting the internet..

but glad to see back

Picture of sfdsf sfdsf said on...
03.23.06 at 10:19 PM |

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