Some time ago a reader mentioned they were looking forward to new recipes inspired by our time in Romania. I have no new flavor combinations to offer or undiscovered vegetables to introduce today, but I do have my new favorite method. Pressure cookers aren’t common North American kitchens, but as a non-electric, efficient, flavor-preserver appliance,… Read More Chicken under Pressure
You know the moment – the moment when pleasantries have been exchanged and the conversation wanes. The obvious commonalities that often lead to deeper conversation don’t exist – parenting, work, etc. There must be something we can talk about, common interests, passions. “Do you cook?” In the United States this is a loaded questions and can almost… Read More The Jungle Cooks – Nilgiri Mountains, India
I’m convinced the essence of motherhood is delayed gratification. Or, more realistically, the hope that our hard work and dying to self will yield positive results in our children. This dying-to-self business is a challenge. In my dream world, my children sleep until 9am (and go to bed at 7pm). I wake up, run, shower, read and… Read More Motherhood, Oatmeal and Delaying Gratification
A newly married couple in Germany, recently arrived from California, invited us over for dinner. I knew these people, our new friends, appreciated quality food. I was really looking forward to sharing their table. Then she announced she would be serving Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts? Really? Who eats Brussels sprouts, much less serves them to… Read More Brussels Sprouts? Who serves THOSE to guests?
God could have created iceberg lettuce and called it good. Instead he created romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, field greens, mustard greens and spinach – and called it all good. God is the creative mastermind behind all culinary masterpieces. He created the ingredients – the oils, spices, nuts, meats, fruits and vegetables –… Read More On Food
The dwarf lemon tree in my backyard bears too much fruit for its size. Doesn’t it have a season of not bearing fruit? It bears so much I can’t even give them all away. A few months ago I decided I couldn’t just let the fruit rot. I juiced some and froze the liquid… Read More The fruit of too much lemon – Moroccan preserved lemons
I have more coffee paraphernalia than I need. Six stove top espresso makers (thank you estate sales and thrift stores), French presses, two different types of grinders, a roaster, canisters with various blends and grinds, frothers. . . We like our coffee and we like it good. I guess you can say we’re coffee snobs.… Read More Looking beyond the “best” cup of coffee