Without planning it, these experiments have turned into a series. As it is raining constantly outside, I have to dine my subjects inside. I started off with clementines(see post here) and today I grabbed the bunch of dried Espelette chillies hanging next to the stove. …Espelette chillies in charcoal and sanguine, 50x 65cm… I started […]
The big problem with draft horses roaming free in the pastures is that they get very dirty in winter. and of course they hate being closed up. Living on hills don’t make it any easier. So we keep them in a smaller camp, both for their own sake and for the fields’ sake. But with […]
People: There are all sorts of people in our lives. Like a packet of all sorts candy. Some are soft and sweet, others are chewy and after chewing, they stick unpleasantly to your teeth. Some are bitter and you spit them out immediately. Some you have tasted before and you know and you know you […]
Recette de Indonesia par I Love. I Cook. I Bake : No Indonesian doesn't know this dish. It's so famous and there are so many versions available everywhere I also have posted similar noodle dish HERE and HERE There's one very famous restaurant, Bakmi GM, serves all delicious cookings, but their signature...
Fresh New Tulips~ Blush pink and white..New bulbs being forced~Remember the chocolate stamped cookies? Plain vanilla sugar cookies.. this time..same blog authoress..Great For Stamping~!The next thing I made ..needed these ingredients..I have had a blogging friend for years..who bakes and cooks like nobody's business..And paints and crafts like nobody […]
I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase “everything old is new again“. Whether it is clothing, hairstyles or even food, over time a true classic never disappears but waits in the background to be rediscovered. Case in point is … Continue reading →
I would love to have the big farmhouse to go with the washroom that would be ideal for this set. I have lived without running water in the house, so I even know how to go about using it if I had to! In some romantic mountain cabin, perhaps. . . . But chamber sets, which were stationed mostly in bedrooms, just aren't put to use that way anymore.A big wat […]
That wasn’t so bad was it? Ash Wednesday?? Well, to be honest, it was a tough day for me. For many reasons. This move to the west is our life right now. What I am finding, is that keeping an open mind and a confident spirit will get me through this. Jason and I have, […]
My hubby just sent me a photo of how I left all my shopping spoils last night. It was too late to do anything other than unpack the car and leave it all on the front verandah. I cant wait for the weekend so that I can get out into the garden and play with all my new stuff...
I promised you a chocolate pound cake way back when I published this post and I'm a woman of my word. I don't want or need to say much today, because the pictures will do the talking for me. I will tell you this - it's a marvellous cake, even if you don't like Nutella (heresy I know, but they do actually exist, these deviants) and if you […]
It's 5:00 somewhere! I say that everyday at around 4 pm. Though I love wine, cocktails before dinner are a must. Not every night obviously, just on the weekends when we are out. There are so many great "mixologists" in Manhattan (do you have to go to med school to earn that title?). Everyone is using in-house infused gins with homemade lavende […]
Delacorte Press/Penguin Random HouseMy first novel (middle grade, ages 9 to 13) is due out November 11, 2014I still can't believe it!Sneak preview of the back cover. This will be out in hardcover.Do I look dazed? Well, I am. I can't believe that my new book is a work of fiction.Dear Friends,Ok, I know what you're thinking after reading the tit […]
So this is where I am. But it's not an excuse for lack of posting. It's my daughter's wedding and I am mainly showing up where and when she needs me. She sometimes calls and asks questions or sends me a photo of something - which is sweet of her - but she has her own style and the day belongs to Kirsten and Devon. The gown is vintage, her bouq […]
- A Rural Scene -Picture taken in Petit-Veyrier (Geneva, Switzerland) - November 2013. This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". It will be hosted on the 5th of March by Cinzia at "Cindystarblog" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup) […]
It's been quite a while since my last post. Life certainly got busy for me over the last year. We became three! With more time in London and less in Segur, our little retreat is now available for rent when we are not in Segur. You can find details on AirBNB Ancient House in Medieval VillageBook OnlineFind a place to stay in Ségur-le-Château
Life without a garden would be empty Klisgras (Setaria verticillata) As the weather pulses cold and warm and cold again, it is apparent that autumn is close here in Gauteng. For some time I have resisted cutting the grass so as to provide the natural flowering of Dandelions of different kinds, and the other smaller flowers that only grow with the grass. I do […]
Is it still cold where you live? Last year we saw the first Robin in our yard on March 6. That won't happen this year will all of the snow we still have on the ground! At least the days are longer as we head into Daylight Savings Time this weekend which will be a definite mental boost. Here is a creamy, satisfying chicken soup to warm your body and mi […]
Que cette nouvelle année 2014 vous soit aussi douce et sucrée que cette tarte aux pommes!! Les choses les plus simples sont les meilleures!! J'y crois, je l'applique et je me régale!1 abaisse de pâte feuilletéeQuelques pommes De la compote de pommesDu beurreSucre glaceConfiture d'abricot pour faire brillerÉtaler la pâte feuilletée sur 3 mm d […]
Despite being , technically, ahead of Jane on this side of the IDL, I always seem to miss posting for this. And I’m only just squeaking in this time (see previous post about the rain)! But, here we go and … Continue reading →
With Facebook, Pinterest, Instragram, etc...I find it difficult to also Blog! If anyone is still following, I wish you a Merry Christmas ~ all things Merry and Bright and a New Year full of Comfort and Joy.
June 2013 has not been very favourable as far as weather is concerned. We are officially ,"summer", but the weather runs hot and cold with mostly cloudy ,rainy days. When the sun shines, we all run to our BBQ's and keep our fingers crossed that we can get our meal done before the rain begins.So what Do you make to eat on those days when it is […]
I have collected McCoy pottery for many years and use the vases and containers throughout my home. It is whimsical, in many colors, and has been priced well so that most people can afford to acquire some pieces. In my home, you would never know I was a collector since I have it spread throughout. Country Gardens magazine (January 2014) gave me a new inspir […]
It's been a crazy time. We've been searching for a new receptionist at the clinic, and I seem to be the most computer savvy of the group. Scary, that. But anyway, it falls to me to put the ad in craigslist. A simple part time receptionist job, paying a mere $10 per hour, and I got over 200 responses the first day. After plowing through the first 30 […]
Portobello gratinés farcis aux poireaux sur orge perlé à la crème d’asperges I am always amazed at the delicious dishes you can make with vegetables. I can certainly spend the rest of my life without looking at meat or any dead animal on my plate. You could of course replace barley with brown [...]
SunsetIm for some days in the Beach (until Sunday)Here is the end of Summer, so the days are more fresh, but is nice Santiago still is hot!I know many of you wait for Spring (Im sure will arrive soon)But Im wait for Atumn, is my favorite season!Here lazy days, but still Im cooking and yesterday I made this Oatmeal bread, and was so good, I think the oven he […]
There is nothing like a good piece of cheese, and I can often be seen with a slab of great cheese, some crackers, sliced tiny tomatoes, a few greens and a huge smile on my face. Bocconcini or any other form of soft mozzarella works just as well, with a drizzle of pomegranate syrup over the top. Here is some cheesey inspiration for you this morning. Continue […]
Jumeirah beach cityscape, Dubai – September 2013 I am co-presenting a food photography and styling workshop with Meeta just outside Venice, Italy in May! Register now to secure your place – numbers are limited! Saturday Snapshots is a series of non-food photographs published every Saturday on CookSister. Previously featured photographs can be viewed […]
With the past week of severe heat waves here in the Cape, I was struggling to find inspiration from any kind of food stuff that would snap me out of my Christ the Redeemer pose in front of the fan, and into a Nigella-esque one over the stove – especially with my kitchen hitting a [...]
You know a restaurant takes sustainable sourcing seriously when its recipes are named for particular vegetable varieties grown in their own garden. That was one of things I loved about The Ethicurean Cookbook of which I received a review copy. The Ethicurean restaurant and kitchen are located in two glasshouses of the Barley Wood Walled Garden on an estate j […]
Hello everyone.....I have missed my spot here for a while....Our December started off with my dearest Jozi children arriving for an extended weekend before they set off on their own travels.... just saying goodbye to them on the Monday saw the arrival of one of my closest friends from Australia and her 2 precious children (my Godchildren)No time for elabora […]
"The mountains were my backyard and the sea was my front yard," reminisces Chef Bernard Ibarra about growing up in France's Basque Country. The Chef has cooked in France, North America, and Asia. Before landing in the Southern California last... Read more
Hi, It's finished, I'm almost certain. My only thoughts are whether to add stems to the 2 bottom peonies. I tried it and prefer it without the stems. So I'm going to follow my own advice.. Stop when you like it. So #1 done for the art league show.. Now what.--one more to do.. ha ha.. I've thought about a pouring of rainbow colors with som […]
Aquí en casa, ya lo he dicho muchas veces, no se tira nada. Me encantan las recetas de aprovechamiento, en las que se "reciclan" ingredientes, se aprovechan, se reconvierten. Siempre me ha dolido mucho tirar comida a la basura, es algo que no soporto ver.Este flan lo hice para aprovechar unas magdalenas que estaban ya algo duras y a nadie le apetec […]
Morning Call20x16 Oil/CanvasSoldMorning Call was loosely inspired by my lovely bantam rooster Vincent who, in real life, has an interesting shock of orange feathers on either side of his comb reminiscent of the pageboy type hairstyle worn by a young Vincent Van Gogh. His hearty crow announces each new day.
Preparing yummilicious food really IS child's play... you don't believe me? It's just about recognising where you stand in the list of skilled pastry chefs... no use working with a Pierre Herme recipe when really, your experience doesn't extend beyond...
Toronto winter for my mom (also known as baba, lola and nona) is very isolating. Her mobilityhas deteriorated and needs to have 24/7 personal care. We're very lucky to have a couple of caregiverswho take such good care of her and keep her totally on track with both her medical and nutritional care. Over the past several years we've made it poss […]
I haven't really spoken about my faith on this blog but I am a Christian and more specifically, I attend a Lutheran Church.I am currently reading a book by Courtney Joseph called "Women Living Well" - and I am finding it very insightful and helpful to me in my struggle to find time in my day for spiritual study.Early on in the book, Courtney s […]
This is an old family recipe, adapted from a lamb and prune stew that came from my father-in-law Jim’s recipe files that he collected from the defunct New York Herald Tribune some fifty odd years ago.The original recipe called for lamb and I substituted pork because pork is a leaner cut of beef and I thought it would make it a bit lighter. I also made a coup […]
In February I had the chance to visit Paris for 8 days. It was nice to finally escape our cold days. The weather in Paris was between 3C and 10C. It was the perfect weather to visit the city on foot. We did walk a lot all around town. We rented an apartment, by Trocadéro, and at night I cooked delicious meals. We needed this time to relax and unwind before g […]
FAIM. Une fois n’est pas coutume, ce blog accueille l’espace de quelques jours l’opportunité de remporter des Pass 3 Jours pour participer au Festival Omnivore. Une fois n’est pas coutume car cet espace est très rarement utilisé pour être une plateforme de concours quel qu’il soit. Mais puisque chaque règle vaut son pesant d’exceptions, pourquoi […] […]