Lemon Polenta Cake

This post is a part of the Hearth and Soul food carnival. When my little sister was very young– she must have been 3 or so– she decided to make a cake on her own. She dragged a chair around the kitchen, to gather milk, and eggs, and butter, and flour and cocoa. By the … Continue reading

Spicy sourdough nectarine upside down cake.

Another wild hair. Yesterday, while waiting for my bread dough to finish resting, while watching Jamie make ten pounds of tomatoes disappear into pomodoro sauce, while relaxing after a long day of hiking and cooking and writing, I was absentmindedly browsing through the archives over at Wild Yeast, where I came across a recipe for … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Eskot!

Today (well, technically, in one hour), Scott turns 42. Here’s a picture of him on his 40th birthday with his best friend, the foraging Hedgehog (who had recently shaved his spines), mic in hand, singing along to Journey. Scott is a mensch. And because he is a mensch, I baked him a birthday cake. Well, … Continue reading

Karla’s Birthday Cake

It was my favourite neighbour’s birthday on Friday. I (with the help of her lovely daughter, Charlotte) made her a flourless chocolate cake, from David Lebovitz’ Ready for Dessert. This cake is rich and decadent. It’s thick and it sticks to your spoon, almost like a cooked chocolate mousse. We paired it with ice cream, … Continue reading

The best brownies I’ve ever had.

These are serious brownies. They’re not low-carb. Or fermented. Or remotely healthy, unless you count the bioflavanoids in the serious amount of chocolate you’ve got here… but really, who am I kidding. Nobody eats brownies because they need to make their diet healthier. People eat brownies because they’re delicious. Me included. When I say that … Continue reading

Nectarine custard cake

This post is a part of the Two for Tuesday blog-hop. Have I ever told you guys about my neighborhood in Los Angeles? I think it’s the best neighbourhood there is. The Farmer’s Market is a five-minute walk away. The Beverly Centre is two. It sits there and looms over me like a centinel of … Continue reading

A cake and a cup of tea

I’m a huge fan of every day cakes. The non-fancy cake. The cup-of-tea-in-the-afternoon cake. I come from such a big family, and our house was always the house where everyone hung out–we usually had 10-15 people over on weekends– so we always had sweet delicious things out. There’s something lovely and homey about having something … Continue reading


After my parents divorced, my dad sold his business and moved to Spain. You could hardly blame him– being a sailor in England is a distinctly depressing occupation, and I have many memories of sitting on his boat on the river Crouch, staring at the brown mud around us, and the grey rain drizzling down, … Continue reading

Cheat Day Strawberry Clafoutis!

When Jamie and I first started dating, we both gained about 15 lbs. To say that our dating life revolved around food would be a bit of an exaggeration, but, very early on we decided that if the other had, for some weird reason, not enjoyed food, it would just never have worked out. Have … Continue reading

Gluten free chocolate cupcakes

I think I can safely say that the cupcake craze has swept the entire globe. Except perhaps some very rural areas in Georgia and central Afghanistan, and maybe a few tribes out in the Congo. Other than that, everybody loves cupcakes. Well, almost everybody loves cupcakes. Everybody except those fashionable people who jumped on the … Continue reading