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Late start veg

late start veg

Tell me if this ever happens to you: Your alarm sounds in the morning, only to be shut off in a half-asleep daze. Hours later, you awake without the help of an alarm, and thinking it’s still early, laze around for 30 minutes, silently congratulating yourself on what an early riser you are, and planning what you’ll do with all the “extra” time you now have. That’s what happened to me this morning; at 10:42 I was convinced it was only a quarter past eight, and quite unhappy to be told otherwise by my clock. Luckily, the late start didn’t affect my day too much. I made it to the market, and scored some lovely veg for the week ahead. Read more…

Guilt soother: Macaroni and Cheese with Leeks and Sour Cream

Macaroni and Cheese with Leeks and Sour Cream

You know how, as food bloggers*, we like to convince our readers that we always eat like this? That beautiful, creative, well thought out and healthy meals grace our tables daily and effortlessly? That we never succumb to take-out pizza, boxed cake mixes or store-bought vanilla extract?

(*I’m addressing this to “food bloggers” because I’m convinced that at least 90% of food blog-readers are food-blog writers, too.) Read more…

Ugly food needs love too: Russian Cabbage with Tomatoes and Sour Cream

Russian Cabbage with Tomatoes and Sour Cream

I’m well aware this isn’t the prettiest dish I’ve ever posted here. In fact, you’re probably navigating away from this screen right now. But before you do, consider this: you must have a favourite “ugly” dish or ingredient, right? Something you love eating, but would never blog about or serve to company, due to its less-than-lovely appearance? Read more…

By the wayside no more: Soy Braised Carrots

soy braised carrots

I’m gonna come right out and say it: carrots are pretty boring, yes? I mean, I like them and all, and I get that a lot of you probably do, too. Understandable, because there’s a lot about carrots to like: they’re pretty, they’re sweet, and if you believe universal parent-imparted wisdom, they’ll make you see in the dark. Read more…

Post Picnic Veggies


Well, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of buying food today, what with eating so much of it yesterday. But I managed to drag myself to the market eventually, and brought Andrew along for moral support. Surprisingly, we managed to do pretty well today, which leads me to think we’ll be eating equally well for the week ahead. If we can find our appetites, that is. Read more…

A day of indulgence: Picnic in the Park

picnic in the park

The photos here represent how I spent my Saturday: nice, huh? I’d been craving a big, elaborate picnic for months, and yesterday the birthday of a friend provided the perfect excuse. Andrew and I met up with our pals Kent and Becky to spend a celebratory afternoon in Greenwich Park, complete with good food, bottomless mimosas, intermittent sunshine and great company. Read more…

Baked and beautiful: Peach and Blueberry Pie

peach and blueberry pie

I’ve already mentioned my dislike for cooked-fruit desserts here on Kitchenist. It’s the texture: fruit should be crunchy (apples), or crisp (grapes), or at the most pleasantly yielding (bananas), but never a soft, mushy mess. Try as I might, I’ve never been able to get over this hangup. As a consequence, pies have been off the menu for most of my life. Sure, I’ll take a lemon meringue one or a yummy chocolate version, but an old-fashioned apple pie? Forget it. Read more…

Phased in: Homemade Granola

homemade granola

With breakfast more so than with any other meal, I tend to go through phases. I’ll have toast for weeks, or quinoa, or eggs- a few months ago it was fruit smoothies every day. Truthfully, there are only so many things you can eat for breakfast (though Mark Bittman disagrees*), so these phases tend to repeat themselves.

(*I shouldn’t be so dismissive of poor Mark’s savoury-breakfast crusade. After all, my all-time favourite breakfast is cold, leftover pizza.) Read more…

Lazy Day Veg


Today was one of those rare Sundays that didn’t revolve around food. Instead of baking and recipe-planning this afternoon, I spent several hours lazing on the heath with Andrew. Reading my new Living etc with the sun on my face, I admit- cooking was the last thing on my mind. Good thing I got to the market before that, and did a bit of shopping for the week ahead. Read more…

Sweet but not treat: Homemade Sunblushed Tomatoes

sunblushed tomatoes

My sister sent me an email this morning. It went something like “I thought you told me you’d made some cupcakes! When are they going on the blog? You need to post more sweet things because I don’t eat salads!” Er, okay. Sorry to disappoint you Hil, but I wasn’t planning on posting those cupcakes anytime soon; they weren’t my own recipe, or adapted in any way at all, so off the blog they’ll stay. (They were delicious, though. Smitten Kitchen‘s Best Birthday Cake, quartered, exactly fills my favourite Tefal Jamie Oliver 6-muffin pan.) Read more…