Lemon Buttermilk Ice Cream

It’s over 100 degrees outside, and I’m in a foul mood. Things I want to do include: 1. Sit in the fridge (it’s too full) 2. Sit in the freezer (it’s too small) 3. Cry in frustration (I can’t afford to waste the water or electrolytes) 4. Eat cold things. This, I can do something … Continue reading

Maple roasted rhubarb

This week, on ‘Ridiculously easy and therefore dangerous desserts’, is one of my favourites.┬áIn Southern California, where our seasons are beyond comprehension to the layperson, rhubarb appears in the spring and fall, but only for a few weeks in each. I don’t know if it’s the same where you are. When it’s available, my favourite … Continue reading

Check yo’self

I was trying to think of all kinds of cool slang puns to do with fools. Like ‘check yo’self fool’ and ‘what’s happening fool’ and ‘whatchoo talkin’ about fool’. And then I remembered one day when I was hanging out with my brother and all his friends, and one of them said “that’s dope”, and … Continue reading

Chimichurri

There I was, standing at the door of my open fridge, staring at a bunch of ingredients, willing an answer to come. I imagine that this is how Sherlock Holmes feels when staring down some evidence: the jalapenos are in the plastic bag on the middle shelf, and then Jam just brought home those delicious … Continue reading

Sweet Chili Sauce

Let me tell you a little bit about the man I married. Or one specific thing about him: his love for anything spicy. I’m not just talking spicy, because I can handle a chilli pepper or two, I’m talking ‘are you effing insane’ spicy. The kind of spiciness that makes your tongue feel like it’s … 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

Grilled Peaches, with Strawberry Basil Puree

My eyes are bigger than my stomach. I’ve been told this countless times. I blame it on liking things a little too much. Like nectarines, for example. I like them so much that I’ll buy five pounds of them at the market, and then they’ll all go ripe at the same time, and then I … 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