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

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

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

Feelin’ Peachy

This post is a part of the Two-For-Tuesday blog carnival!!! Today, I had the most fantastic stroke of luck ever: our friends who were going out of town gave us their CSA box for the week, and in it were mostly nectarines. All of this the day after I had picked up about 5 lb … 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


When I was ten or so, a new Sainsbury’s opened up on the route that we sometimes took coming home from school. Either that or we detoured on purpose. I’m not sure if things like this are still exciting to grown-ups (though I admit I have gone out of my way to visit a new … Continue reading