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A New Tradition: Homemade Candied Peel

Candied Peel

This Christmas will be a bit different for my family. My sister and I are both staying in the UK for the holidays, Hilary with her boyfriends family, and me with mine. Though some customs will be gladly put aside for a year (think airport queues, jet lag and the stress of tying to visit every single friend and family member in one short week), we wanted to keep certain holiday traditions alive, including the annual making of our Christmas Stollen. We figured that this German sweet bread could just as easily be made here as in our parents house, so got to work setting a baking date, gathering ingredients and trying to extract the recipe from our parents. Read more

Morsels of Delicious: Root Vegetable Bread Dumplings

Root Vegetable Bread Dumplings

Is there anyone reading this who doesnt like dumplings? Is that even possible? Im not trying to be obtuse, honest- I just cant imagine that theres a human on this earth who doesnt grow weak at the knees at the thought of those bite-sized morsels of deliciousness. As you can probably deduce, I love dumplings. All kinds- Chinese, Thai, Polish, British. When I was growing up, I looked forward to my familys Dim Sum Boxing Day tradition almost as much as I looked forward to Christmas (possibly more). Read more

An American Meal: Spicy Corn Fritters

Spicy Corn Fritters

When I was growing up, I had a lot of dolls. And I do mean a lot. Though many were inherited from my sister, I received my fair share (some might say more than) of new ones for birthdays and Christmases. Baby dolls, porcelain dolls, rag dolls; it just seemed that they were drawn to me, like moths to a flame. 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 youd made some cupcakes! When are they going on the blog? You need to post more sweet things because I dont eat salads! Er, okay. Sorry to disappoint you Hil, but I wasnt planning on posting those cupcakes anytime soon; they werent my own recipe, or adapted in any way at all, so off the blog theyll stay. (They were delicious, though. Smitten Kitchens Best Birthday Cake, quartered, exactly fills my favourite Tefal Jamie Oliver 6-muffin pan.) Read more

More Med: Baked Feta and Tomatoes with Parsley Hearthbread

baked feta with bread

A recipe for foil-baked feta has been making the internet rounds in the past few weeks. Originally published in Olive magazine, I first saw it at The Kitchn, and later on one of my favourite home and design blogs, At Home At Home. Of course, from the moment I first saw the ingredients in this recipe, I knew I just had to make it. Read more

Indulgence: Shrimp, Red Pepper and Cheddar Quesadillas

quesadillas

I love shrimp, and Andrew and I used to eat them frequently. Lately Ive been trying to scale us way back, due to certain ethical concerns, as well as the somewhat alarming news that seafood will be off the menu completely within 50 years. So these days we might have one or two meals with shrimp a month, which is pretty much it for our animal intake. Read more

A fancy lunch: Asparagus with a Poached Egg and Vanilla-Mint Vinaigrette

asparagus with poached egg

This isnt the kind of thing that I usually have for lunch, believe me. The above meal is akin to what I call fancy food, ie. food that, while delicious, is best left to French bistros and particularly ambitious food bloggers, rather than attempted by yourself, at home. Read more