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A New Favourite: Butterbean and Almond Hummus

On Thursday, before returning to Canada after a lengthy holiday here in the UK, my parents took me out for lunch at my favourite London restaurant. Now I know you’re all sick of us food bloggers harping on about Yotam Ottolenghi, his books, Guardian column and London delis, so I won’t bore you. I will only say that if you live in or occasionally visit London and you haven’t been to his Islington restaurant, you are missing out. Big time. Read more…

A taste of spring: My Favourite Salsa

This morning, I happened to look up from my oodles of homework for a moment, and was blown away by what I saw out my window. A cloudless, blue sky! People wearing light jackets with bare heads and hands! For the second day in a row! That last point is the real clincher; here in London, one nice day is a fortunate anomaly. Two nice days means spring must be around the corner. Or so I’m really, really hoping. Read more…

Pastoral Preserves: Onion Jam

Apologies for the quiet here, and for the lack of a market post this weekend. I’ve just returned from a Bank Holiday weekend (that’s British for “long weekend”) in Wales, visiting Andrew’s parents. As usual, their corner of Britain was the picture of pastoral bliss; we went to the seaside, took in a country fair (complete with show jumping and a sheep shearing contest), took a steam train to the summit of Mount Snowdon and saw a waterfall so pretty you’d swear faeries lived there. In true British fashion, the weather ranged from “so cold I think my fingers are going to fall off” to “maybe I’ll hang out on the patio and top up my tan”. Read more…

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…

Brine-less but beautiful: Quick-Pickled Radishes and Cucumbers

Quick-Pickled Radishes and Cucumbers

Though I haven’t tried my hand at pickling (before now that is), I’m a card-carrying dill lover. When I was little my Mum made sour dill pickles every year, to the delight of me and my sister. Every spring we’d return from the market with basketfuls of tiny, perfect cucumbers, and through some magical process of vinegar, garlic, jars and time, they became pickles. I remember the jars lined up on the shelves of our cellar, and the long and tortuous wait until the day my Dad would fire up the grill and call for one of us to bring up a jar for dinner. (I also remember us sneaking sips of pickle brine straight from the jar, much to our parents’ disgust. Surely it would have been worse to pour ourselves a glass?) Read more…

Adventures in Preserving: Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup

Two weekends ago, I was overcome by the sudden and previously foreign urge to make ketchup. I’m not sure exactly where it came from; it can’t have been the thought of barbecues and picnics, it being February. Or maybe it was- an effort to recapture a bit of summer amidst the cold and damp of winter? Whatever the reason, I had my weekend project, and set out on my first-ever preserving adventure. 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…