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Archive for September 2010

Pear and Maple Syrup Cake

I should begin with a caveat: I’m not really one for birthday cakes. Oh, I like eating them alright, but I rarely make the things, for myself or anyone else. I wish I could be like Deb or Dana, both of whom take the birthday cake tradition seriously, whipping up multi-layered, lusciously iced concoctions for their loved ones. Or even like my sister, who made a tasty, if untraditional orange bundt cake for her 30th this year. For heaven’s sake, I don’t even think I’ve ever even made a birthday cake for my boyfriend, though I have produced several batches of much-appreciated birthday brownies. Read more…

Birthday Veg

For once, I have an iron-clad excuse for the tardiness of this post. Yesterday was my 27th birthday, and after buying this lot at the farmer’s market, I thought I’d rather go out for lunch, catch a design exhibition in London and generally relax than deal with photo editing and writing. Sorry. Read more…

Trendy and tasty: Peach Salad with Pecans and Cheddar

One of the things I love about travelling is noticing all the local trends in the places I visit. The world can feel so small and homogenous these days, that I take delight in noticing these regional differences. At the wedding I attended in Canada earlier this month, my sharp-shouldered blazer caused much mirth among my friends; apparently, the linebacker look has yet to reach my hometown. The next week in New York City, I noticed that all the sharply-dressed guys were wearing boat shoes and the girls, over-the-knee boots-  both looks which have yet to really take off in London. Read more…

Upwards Pointing Veg

I did want to post these upwardly mobile (okay, not mobile exactly) veg before Tuesday evening, but I’m still in that just-got-back-from-holiday-and-everything-feels-like-a-whole-lotta-effort place. Jet lag, computer troubles, and even a bit of back-to-school angst (more on that in a later post) have taken their toll around here. Read more…

A Goodbye and a Guest Post

The week is drawing to a close and tomorrow morning, I’m off! I’ll be flying home to Canada, attending the wedding of an old friend, then spending 48 blissful hours in New York City. There’ll be no more posting for at least a week, until I get back to London and back into my regular routine.

But I’m not so cruel as to leave you with nothing while I’m gone. Several weeks ago, I was asked to contribute a Guest Curator post to Etsy‘s blog, The Storque. Given how much I adore Etsy, as well as the awesome calibre of food bloggers who’ve contributed posts before me (Sprouted Kitchen, anyone? Tartelette?) I was thrilled to be asked.

You can check out my Etsy guest curator post here, complete with my favourite finds for the kitchen, and yes- a recipe. Those savoury broccoli cakes make great party food, and are the perfect thing to serve with a cup of warming, Autumnal soup. So why not indulge in something delicious this week, and I’ll see you back here soon.

Helpful and Nostalgic: Succotash with Wild Rice and Tomatoes

Once again, I find myself in a familiar place: deep in cupboard clear-out mode. Andrew and I are jetting off to Canada on Friday (hmm- is Canada somewhere one “jets” to? I think not), and on to New York City several days after that (much more jettable, I’d say), and leaving behind a fridge full of food isn’t an option. When I have several different veggie odds and ends at my disposal, I like to find recipes which use them up together- bizarre mixed salads or extremely creative stir-fries. Or in this case, Succotash. Read more…

Leafy, Flaky Veg

Let’s be clear: the veg is leafy, the croissants are flaky. No, they might not be the healthiest breakfast in the world, but sometimes you just can’t resist their buttery goodness. Or maybe I was just too lazy to make breakfast yesterday. Read more…

Battle of the Biscuits: Mint Chocolate Cookies with Optional Ganache

In a week’s time, I’ll be flying home to Canada to attend the wedding of a very dear friend. I’ve known Margaux since we were 14 years old, and not only is she talented, sweet and beautiful, but she’s extremely organized, and I’ve no doubts that she’ll throw a damned good party. For obvious reasons, I’m incredibly excited about this trip- I get to see my friends from high school, watch one of them get hitched, hang out with my parents and generally soak up the hometown love. Usually these trips home offer me  a brief respite from cooking, but not this one. At least, not entirely. Read more…