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

Fried plantains

The first time I had a fried plantain, it was in Los Angeles. Jam had been talking about this local Cuban restaurant for years, but since he only mentioned the pork dish, and since, despite certain rebellions on Yom Kippur, I am at heart a Jewish girl, I couldn’t bring myself to get excited about … Continue reading


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

Delicious green beans

There was a noticeable shift at the market this week. The stone fruit were still abundant, but the citrus were coming back too. The greens no longer looked wilted and miserable, and there were sweet potatoes at a few different stalls. I, being a major sweet potato lover, grabbed one to bake for dinner. Most … 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

Home made pasta (or, how a girl was converted).

I don’t like pasta. I know, that sounds awfully cold– like I just hit pasta with a fly-swatter. That’s not what I meant at all. Let me explain: In 2001, while in Rome with my sister, Nikki, and my friend, Adrienne, we found ourselves hungry and tired and lost. We stumbled under a railroad track, … 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 Salmon with Salsa Verde

I moved to this tiny little studio apartment a few years ago. And one of the few things I toted along with me was my little charcoal grill. It was quite silly, looking back, as they’re super cheap to come by, but I loved it, and I moved it to quite a few places. Even … Continue reading

Buffalo Osso Bucco

My parents only live an hour away from me, so I often pop down there just to say hi. One such time, a couple of years ago, I got there and they were out. So I texted my mum, who responded with a “back in a bit, food in the fridge” and I went to … Continue reading