13
Jun 11

One Year


So, it was my blog’s first birthday a few days ago and I thought I should make cupcakes. Now, a year ago, such a thought might have occurred to me, and the cupcakes would be made and blogged about, if not that day, then the next. This year, as you can see, it’s taken me considerably longer. I seem to live my life in a crazy combination of slow-mo/ high-speed. It’s kind of like being on the most surreal roller coaster ever. Continue reading →


02
Jun 11

Oat Cakes


We’re really rooting for an early summer here on the west coast. That may be more than a bit hopeful as spring doesn’t seem to have fully arrived yet, but one can always hope, right? Once the rain finally departs (or at least eases off) and I can ditch my vast collection of scarves, I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time outside with the babes. I have a summer of beach going, park playing, and lots and lots of long walks lined up on my roster and activity like that is going to require some serious sustenance. Continue reading →


18
May 11

Maple Chipotle Kale Chips


I realize that kale chips are so last year, but if you happen to be as untrendy as me, perhaps you’ll be interested. The idea behind kale chips seems to be that they are a healthy alternative to potato chips. I mentioned this to my sister as I fed her some and she paused and thought.

“Well maybe if the texture was different and they didn’t have that kale flavor”, she said.

I know, I know. Not exactly a roaring endorsement. So perhaps if we just resign ourselves to occasional potato chip indulgences and don’t expect kale to be something it’s not? Because, really, kale deserves so much more. Continue reading →


26
Apr 11

Spring


I’ve always found the stretch from January to April difficult. I’m sensitive to the lack of light, I get a bit blue, a little melancholy. This year was a little worse than usual. I was still adjusting to being a mother of two. I was living a nomadic life, always unsettled. I was fuzzy brained from lack of sleep. I felt I couldn’t keep up with what I needed to do, that I couldn’t be who I wanted to be. I was frustrated and cooking became just another chore. I started taking shortcuts I would normally never take and every evening became a battle to get dinner over with as quickly as possible. Every time I thought of my little blog, my brain became like the blizzard of a dead channel. Continue reading →


13
Apr 11

Cornmeal Pancakes


I know it’s been awhile. This whole back and forth between two cities is seriously messing with my blogging mojo. Add to that a fender bender (not our fault and no injuries, but inconveniences aplenty), sicknesses, teething, and a long battle as we try to switch our phone and internet to a different company and I don’t really have any mojo of any kind.

I tried, I really did. I even made you pancakes. But amidst all the madness I lost the recipe. Sigh.

At least somebody enjoyed them.

Here’s to hoping I’ll be back on top of my game soon.

P.S. I’m trying out a new look. Tell what you think. Good? Bad? Ambivalent? One of these days I’ll going to learn a little bit of code or something but until then I’m stuck with pretty basic stuff.


05
Mar 11

Sesame Soba Noodles


I’m away from my little kitchen again, and I’ve officially become the type of person that brings their knives with them wherever they go. I’ve had it with knives that can’t even make it through a raw potato. If you are the type of person who thinks that cooking is a no fun chore please, please, please go and buy yourself a decent knife before you throw in the towel. It doesn’t have to be super expensive. I have a MAC knife (around $100), which I love with all my heart, but before that I did very well with a Kitchen Aid knife (around $25). Whether you decide to be economic or to splurge, get yourself a sharpener and slice and dice to your heart’s content. Continue reading →


19
Feb 11

Buckwheat Pear Muffins


So, apparently I have buckwheat on the brain, because not only is this the second post in a row that features buckwheat, but umm, there’s another one coming. It’s a buckwheat binge!! Aren’t you excited? You might be forgiven if you are not. With it’s strong complex flavor, buckwheat is not the gregarious crowd pleaser that refined white flour is. Darker, not so sweet or tender, and not nearly as pretty, buckwheat is a grain (actually a pseudo grain) that you warm up as you get to know it. Before long you, though, you see that buckwheat’s differences are it’s strengths and you appreciate that it’s intricate personality has a depth that white flour will never be able to achieve. Continue reading →


10
Feb 11

Kasha Breakfast Pudding


Did you know that the Russians have been eating kasha forever? Did you know that kasha is toasted buckwheat groats (why does kasha sound so romantic and lovely and groats just don’t)? It’s gluten free, it’s good for you, and it tastes a bit like popcorn. I didn’t know any of those things until just the other day. Months ago, I went on a whole grains shopping binge, inspired by the stunning variety available at my local health food store. In my enthusiasm, I ended up buying a number of ingredients that I was quite unfamiliar with. These poor little seeds were among several purchases that got pushed into the deep corners of my cupboards and freezer. Continue reading →


24
Jan 11

Sesame Crisps


Consider this cookie a compromise to January’s dour earnestness. It’s small, thin, crunchy, and hardly sweet. It could almost pass as the crackers you might be living off of in an attempt to reverse the effects of December’s excess. Unless, of course, you are like my mom, to whom this represents cookie nirvana, but there aren’t many people with my mom’s tastes. Continue reading →


15
Jan 11

Fig Anise Cookies and a Book Review


What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Everyone has one. My mum likes her cookies so hard it’s a wonder that she doesn’t break her teeth. My dad likes his soft and chewy and stuffed with interesting  textures and flavors.  Alice Medrich seems to love them all but I suspect a bias towards brownies. I counted no fewer than sixteen different recipes in her new cookbook, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies. That’s a lot of brownies. I would love to be her neighbor, that is all I can say. Continue reading →