Cambodia, China and Friday Potluck #45

If you didn’t know that I was back Stateside or didn’t deduce it from my return to posting, I have some very exciting news for you: I’m home!

I’m still in the process of sorting through all of my photos, and, I still need to look through my mother’s journal for stories and most importantly, the list of everything that we did each day. She was the good traveler and kept a journal. We were busy busy busy from early in the morning till night most days. I’m really grateful for the tour, through which we saw much more than we would have as independents… and were treated like VIPs. Man, we hit a LOT of places though!

There is a downside of a month of VIP treatment, front row seats at performances, and unique experiences not afforded to most travelers in China — expecting it all the time now. Sadly I have to resort myself to being a normal human being once again, and like the readjustment of my sleep schedule, this is not going as smoothly as it should. Whoops. 🙂

Because I’m still sorting through my photos, and, because I have to get my other photo card from my mother (along with a few fantastic purchases and photos that are on her camera), I’ll just treat you to a few highlights here — namely a photo each from the Great Wall, Angkor Wat, and Bayon @ Angkor Thom.

The last night of official travel (not counting plane travel) was in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This was the first time we did the “typical touristy thing” by eating in a tourist restaurant, doing nothing but shopping, having cocktails, and experiencing Dr. Fish. (more on this and my experience with Chinese medicine in a later post) I’m sure you’re asking – “you traveled for a month, weren’t you doing the typical touristy thing the whole time?” The answer is yes, but… this was the first night we were really let loose on our own! Why am I telling you about this last night? Well, we dined in the famous Red Piano restaurant, frequented by Angelina Jolie while filming Tomb Raider… and experienced the Tomb Raider cocktail, a favorite of Ms. Jolie. I’ll let you look forward to the post in which I serve this delectable drink!

Before I deliver you a new Friday Potluck, I’d first like to share with you a few photos:

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon “Temple of the Faces” – Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Great Wall of China – The Wild Wall @ Badaling (outside of Beijing)

Ta Prohm “The Jungle Temple” (where Tomb Raider was filmed), Siem Reap, Cambodia — I now feel the urge to watch Tomb Raider for the first time, and have it set to DVR.

The food? I know that’s what you’re all wondering about. The food was great, though after 2-3 meals a day for 20 days featuring Chinese food, I have no desire to eat Chinese again for the foreseeable future… at least a few months. However, the Cambodian food was beyond spectacular… I have a new cookbook that I will share recipes from occasionally… once I go grocery shopping – hubby predictably left me with only pasta, ground beef, and cheddar cheese in the house. 🙂

And with little further ado, I give you Friday Potluck. Before posting though, I’d love to thank the lovely Heather over at Girlichef for her help in hosting while I was traveling.

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Just a few quick and easy rules for joining the party:

1. Link directly to your recipe (not your main blog).
2. Only one recipe per blog each week.
3. Be sure, in the linked blog post, to link back here to Friday Potluck @ EKat’s Kitchen using the button above or text.
4. Have fun, do some visiting and enjoy!


1. Video: Almond Date Energy Bar

2. Apple Cole Slaw

3. Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

4. Honey Sweetened Refrigerator Pickles

5. Roasted Mushrooms in Toast Cups

6. Spinach Mushroom Rag Soup

7. Raspberry Ice Cream

8. PB & J Muffins

9. Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

10. Wet Burrito

11. Roasted Rosemary Almonds

12. The EASIEST WAY to PRESERVE HERBS

13. Apple and Cheddar Strata

14. Zesty Peach BBQ Sauce

15. Blueberry Pie Filling & a Giveaway!

16. Oatmeal Molasses Bred

17. Stuffed Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

18. Carmelized Onion & Cheese Omelette!!

19. bread machine challah

20. Butterfinger Bessert

21. Mediterranean Zaatar Salad

22. Very Berry Twinkie Cake

23. Fresh Chocolate Covered Cherries

24. Canteloupe, Bocconcini & Prosciutto

25. Whole Wheat Yam Muffins

26. Sloppy Joans

27. Mushroom and Onion Pate

28. Country Ribs

29. Fried Cauliflower

30. Want to eat better? Plan your meals!

31. American Cancer Society Cupcakes

32. Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots

33. Cause I eats me spinach. . .

34. Doubly Chocolate Chip Cookies

35. Parmesan Herb Polenta Squares

36. Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna

37. Pancetta-Gruyere Burger w/ Vidalia Onion

38. Zucchini Cupcakes w/Crm Cheese Frosting

39. GF Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

40. August Food

41. Peach Melba Bread Pudding

42. Easy Cookie Ice Cream Cake

43. Brandied Peach Cobbler

44. Mexican Stuffed Peppers

45. Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

46. Cheesy Biscuits

47. Lemon Blueberry Muffins

48. Homemade Hush Puppies

49. Brown Sugar Bacon Jalapenos

50. Strawberry Zucchini Marmalade

51. Brandied Pork Loin Roast with Gravy

52. Zucchini Lemon Cookies

53. Cajun Shrimp Etoufee

54. Vegan Style Quiche

55. Green Chile Rice Casserole

56. Strawberry Mango Wheat Quinoa Bread Loaf

57. The Food You Crave Review & Giveaway

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14 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    HI,
    I missed you!Your trip looks amazing! I shared my Almond Date Energy Bar with a video!

  2. Looking forward to hearing about the differences between the two cuisines! Sharing Apple Cole Slaw this week… thanks for hosting… good to have you back, Erin!

  3. MM says:

    Welcome back! Thanks for hosting and for the pictures. Looking forward to seeing more.

    And thanks to Heather for keeping the potluck going!

  4. Miriam says:

    Welcome back! The pictures are amazing 🙂

  5. Tadka Pasta says:

    Hey Erin! Its great to have you back and we’re loving the pictures. Hope you will post pics of all the shopping too!

  6. girlichef says:

    You’re welcome, thanks for having me =) So glad you’re back- those are some beautiful photos!!

  7. Hezzi-D says:

    Wow your pictures are amazing! It looks like you are having a great time!

  8. Elsa says:

    Looks like you had a great time!! Love the pics!

  9. Welcome home! Thanks for sharing your photos. Looking forward to some of your new recipes!

  10. Welcome Back! Traveling with your mom makes for some of the best memories. Your trip sounds amazing and the first photos are gorgeous. I look forward to your food stories and recipes.

    Thanks for hosting this week.

  11. Welcome Home Erin! I’ve been wayyyy out of the loop too; but not doing anything nearly as fun as traveling around the orient. Glad to hear you had fun and looking forward to getting back into at least a little of the blogger groove myself.

  12. Marguerite says:

    Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

  13. Kicka says:

    Great blog – thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend!
    Caitlyn

  14. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Erin,
    Welcome Home! We missed you but Heather took very good care of us while you were gone. I can’t wait to read all about your trip and view your photo’s. Thanks for hosting and have a great week end!

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