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Archive for July 2010

On memories and eavesdropping: Braised Artichoke Pesto

I love artichokes. I am an artichoke girl. To me, artichokes taste like summer: sitting on my parents’ back deck in denim cutoffs, listening to the sounds of the neighborhood (laughing children, birds, the occasional barking dog) and feeling lemony butter dribble down my chin. Which just goes to prove that it’s not always your first memory of something that sticks, because my first taste of artichokes was a world away from that picture. Read more…

A Leftover Experience: Whole Lentil Curry

My cookbook review blog Kitchlit has been sorely neglected these past six months. While I love writing reviews, they do take an inordinate amount of time and energy to complete to any good standard. I’m hoping to get back on top of things in the Fall, but in the meantime I’m feeling a little guilty about the time I spend over here and at Kitchenisms, while poor Kitchlit is left behind. Read more…

Summer Veg, Summer Flowers

Yesterday’s trip to the farmer’s market was quick and early. Andrew and I were headed into town for some holiday-related shopping (new Ray-Bans for him, nothing for me save a longing for a pair of Cathy Clubmasters in coral), so my flowers and veg were bought swiftly and efficiently. Read more…

Led astray: Chocolate, Strawberry and Ricotta Galettes

Good morning, friends- care to take a little trip with me? One that starts with butter and flour, and meanders through strawberry fields bordered by chocolate woods, perhaps dusted with a little sugared snow? Come along then, we’ll be travelling photojournalist-style.

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Seasonal snapshot: Green Summertime Quiche

I have been dreaming about this quiche for a long time. So long that it was originally titled the Green Springtime Quiche, back when my mind first conceived of it in May. I daydreamed of a creamy filling packed full of green goodness, held together by a flaky butter pastry. Quiche is hardly a throw-together meal at the best of times, but I think you’ll agree that three months is a long time to wait, even for quiche. Read more…

Free and Clear Veg

I had meant to post more than just one recipe this week, but I’ve been plagued by computer troubles over the last several days. A problem with our landline left Andrew and me without phone or broadband for several days. Though eventually resolved, it then appeared that my sites had been affected by the recent Media Temple/Wordpress malware issue, which involved an evening of updates, code scanning and virus checking on our part. Read more…

In the meantime: Toasted Cous Cous with Roast Veg

Toasted Cous Cous with Roast Veg

To kick off my Italian-free month of eating, I wanted to share a dish that’s become a favourite of mine in recent months. I’ve promised this one before and not delivered, so I thought it was high time that I shared the love. Read more…

No Italian Veg

No Italian Veg

Well, I suppose since a) I shop at a farmer’s market, and b) that market is in London, my vegetables are never really Italian, anyway. But there’s a reason for that statement, and it’s not as rude as it sounds, honest. See, Andrew and I have just booked our summer holiday for this year, and while escaping to the Amalfi coast sounds like heaven, being bored of pasta, pizza and seafood by the second night there doesn’t. While I’m not convinced I could ever get tired of Italian food, I’m still going to make a concerted effort to focus on Asian, English and other non-Mediterranean cuisines until then. Read more…

No need to forage: Green Pea Pancakes

Green Pea Pancakes

I just love fresh peas. Not only are they delicious – crisp and juicy, tasting of pure summer – but they’re fun, too. Unlike their difficult Springtime sister the broad bean, peas require very little in the prep department. There’s no tearing at leathery skins and coaxing beans from their furry beds, before boiling and skinning them individually, Thank God. With peas it’s simply a matter of “zipping” open the pods and pushing out the perfect green jewels within. As monotonous kitchen chores go, pea-podding is pretty great. Read more…

On trend: Feta Fantail Rolls

Feta Fantail Rolls

When I worked (and lived and breathed) in fashion, I was very concerned with trends. Not in a superficial, “I couldn’t possibly wear that skirt, it’s so last season” way, but in a more theoretical one. Where they came from, how they grew, where they were going. Want to know what  you’ll be wearing in a few years? Go stake out a university or college with a fashion program and spend some time student-watching. Rarely will you find a group of people so immersed in the culture of style, so tuned into the times. Believe me- we were doing Granny Chic back when Mary-Kate Olsen was still synonymous with Michelle Tanner. Read more…