All posts tagged: Foreign Service Officer

Tales from the Diplokitchen: Martha Stewart’s Carrot Cake

This recipe will not fail any baking rookie. We prefer to use just half of the confectioner’s sugar for the cream cheese frosting though. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup water 1 pound carrots (8 to 10 medium carrots), peeled and shredded on a box grater or in a food processor (about 2 3/4 cups) 2 cups pecans (1 cup finely chopped for batter, 1 cup coarsely chopped for decorating sides of cake) Cream Cheese Frosting Directions 1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, and butter parchment. Dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, …

Ladies who brunch

One of the first things I searched for before being posted in Hong Kong is an organization that caters to diplospouses in particular. There was none. I met my counterparts at random through my Cantonese class and diplomatic functions, but I was longing for something more regular than that. Last Tuesday, I found my self preparing for a ladies’ coffee morning primarily organized by the wives of the consuls general of Indonesia, Brunei and Myanmar. It was going to be my first diplomatic function without Mr. Diplomat, and I did not let my third trimester blues get in the way. That morning, I met some 40 new faces of the diplomatic corps, the wives of consuls, honorary consuls general, consuls general and heads of missions. My composure was specifically starstruck (not quite obviously, I hope) by having been able to chat with three women who belong to a family that Mr. Diplomat and I were recently watching about in The Biography Channel. Of specific interest were the wives of honorary consuls general as I found …


Finally! After 7 months of shuttling between the public and private healthcare systems here for antenatal checks (from my previous post I need a private hospital and some Dunkin’ Donuts), I received the provisional booking confirmation for delivering at Matilda International Hospital. That is a feat given that I was only deferred once and I still have 6 weeks to go before the due date. Donations for the deposit and final hospital bill are very much welcome!

Shaken, not stirred

An article on The 6 Characters You’ll Meet At Every Expat Bar got my attention a couple of months back. Make a wild guess on who made it to no. 3… 3. The Diplomat’s Wife She shows up every night at five o’clock on the dot, ready for happy hour surrounded by the group of four ex-pat wives who make up the town’s Western high society network in its entirety. The Diplomat’s Wife will without fail order the one martini on the menu, and will without fail mention how unfortunate it is that “you can’t even get a decent martini around here.” She spends her days doing her best to avoid the fact that she no longer lives in the land of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods by shuttling between the one grocery store which stocks imported goods and the one coffee shop which has made a few token efforts to imitate Starbucks. Any conversation with The Diplomat’s Wife will inevitably come around to all the ways in which “the locals” make life difficult, from …

Notes from the Field: Hong Kong High… from The New Diplomat’s Wife

A year ago, a very classy American Mrs. Diplomat whose blog I have been reading asked me if I can do a Notes from the Field interview, alongside other diplomats and diplospouses posted in different parts of the world. Who am I to say no to something like that. Here it is in two parts. Enjoy! Notes from the Field: Hong Kong High… Notes from the Field: Hong Kong High, Part II… From