A spicy, fragrant cookie that has traveled all the way to the other side of the world.
By Nicole Criss
I baked a cookie and it took me to the other side of the world to a dry lake bed in Sossusvlei, Namibia. That’s some cookie.
Food often triggers memories of loved ones, childhood, or far off places through its scent and flavor. The act of cooking itself can be meditative. Sometimes I focus solely on my hands. Other times, my mind wanders to its depths and I revisit a special time or place in my life. With a little imagination, the foods I create can take me anywhere I want with a little game of visual association.
Seeing the cracked appearance of these ginger molasses cookies instantly made me recall the parched earth at the bottom of the world’s biggest sand dune. So I thought I’d tell you about it, and give you the recipe so you can experience it for yourself.
It was a cold morning in remote Southern Namibia when we set out with a guide to climb the dune known as Big Daddy. It was a quiet hike, our feet sliding into the iron rich sand as we advanced steadily to the top. It felt like what I imagine it would be like to walk on Mars, with the alien landscape and the hue of the red sand. We were so small in the face of the mammoth dunes that stretched and curved like dinosaur spines as far as the eye could see. Was this nature imitating art or the other way around, we asked ourselves.
Then, from the top, we ran down the side of the 380 meter (1,246 feet) dune, breathless and unafraid of falling. So why not let a cookie be more than just a sweet indulgence? Put on your hiking boots and take a bite.Print
Nicole Criss is passionate about international foods and the cultures from which they stem. Nicole writes the blog 'And Baby Cakes Three,' chronicling stories of her global food adventures from New York City where she resides with her husband and toddler.