Fall field notes
recent adventures & misadventures
first female crossing of omani empty quarter
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Kitchen(less) Cooking seeks to inspire people to dive into the world of outdoor cooking. The kind of meals you might imagine crafted if Indiana Jones and Martha Stewart threw a dinner party. Outdoor cooking is a complete sensory experience – there is nothing like the crackle of wood burning, the warmth of the flames, the smoky scent, and the mesmerizing visual display. Armed with matches, a pocket knife and local ingredients, join ballerina turned award winning explorer, Sofia cooking in some of the most remote parts of the world.
Recipes are simple and straightforward often involving only a handful of ingredients. But nothing tastes as good as food cooked over the fire not to mention the magic that lights up people’s faces when they partake in an outdoor cooking experience. While these recipes were originally crafted in the outback, they can easily be replicated in your own backyard to turn a meal into an experience: Cook by the beach, in the forest, or on your apartment rooftop garden. Scrap your stove and build a fire!
New recipes published monthly.
BREAD on a STICK
Two of the greatest joys are warm homemade bread and a fire that brings together friends and family. The good news is homemade bread cooked on sticks over a fire (literally breadsticks) are a lot easier to make than they sound.
I decided it was finally time to sit down and put pen to paper about my time in Nicaragua. From 2012 - 2016 I divided my time between NYC and some of the most remote and lawless jungles in Central America. Any sensible person would skip over Nicaragua entirely and go to their far more developed neighbor to the south, Costa Rica. But I was naïve enough to rent a horse and voluntarily trek into a Sandinista occupied territory, but old enough to know that what I was attempting to do was worth the risk. Read more here.
4x4 across Australia
Where is your husband? Are you in the outback alone? These two questions followed me as I crossed Australia on unsealed 4x4 tracks in my Landcruiser. The answers were, there is no husband, and yes I am in the outback alone. People stared in disbelief as if I had a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock. I reckon they didn’t know whether to call the authorities or invite me for a beer... Read the full story here.
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Snapper on a Stick
As featured in Sarasota Magazine - On a recent trip to her Florida gulf coast hometown, Sophie partnered with Sarasota Magazine to create fire roasted sizzling snapper on a stick. You can try it yourself, but having Sophie cook it for you would make it a real adventure. Find the recipe and full story here.
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Musings from Metro-Manila
Metro-Manila, the bustling sprawling South-East Asian capital of the Philippines where I spent the greater majority of the spring. When I accepted the job of helping create a National Geographic tv episode about mismanaged waste and ocean plastic pollution in the Philippines I had no idea what I was getting myself into…There is more to the episode than you will see on the National Geographic Channel, here are some non-essential musings and behind the scenes look at my time in metro-Manila helping make a Nat Geo TV episode.
It’s that special time of the year again, when America runs on pumpkin. The beloved vegetable that once fed New England’s starving settlers now serves as the multi-month gateway to the holidays. Some like pumpkin spiced in their latte’s, others likes it in their beer, or enjoy the smell wafting from candles. But I like pumpkin cooked over the fire, theatrically smashed with a shovel, and I think you’ll like it too.
watch Sophie on the national Geographic channel tonight
(oct. 3rd) at 10 PM EST
For the past six months I've been working on a documentary series called Activate with National Geographic and Procter & Gamble all about ocean plastic pollution and mismanaged waste in the Philippines. Tune in October 3rd at 10pm EST on the National Geographic Channel or at globalcitizen.org/activate.