Falafels and process

Just down the street from my office, and around the corner from D.’s old office, there was a falafel place with much promise. The area is high on all varieties of Asian but decent shawarma is a little thin on the ground. I went there a couple of times and each time I had a […]

The season of Projects

Late summer and early fall are usually the season of Projects in our house. They’re usually of the preserving kind, although as always renovation projects elbow their way in as well. First up (June or July) is the strawberry-jam project, which is later followed by other berry jams and various peach projects (August), then grape […]

And the cycle continues

We were pleased to be not the only ones returning a large number of wine bottles to the Beer Store.  Everyone seemed to have large boxes or garbage cans full of the things… maybe everyone else saved them up for the whole summer too.  Probably  I shouldn’t respond to this by ordering more wine, but […]

Lentils, peas and canola oh my

These pictures are going to be too big for the blog template, but oh well. You can’t see the detail if they’re any smaller. I’d never thought much about what lentils look like when they’re growing. Turns out they look something like this when they’re just about ready to harvest — they’re inside the small […]

Animal, vegetable, miracle

Animal, vegetable, miracle: a year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver. It’s a simple premise for an experiment: what does it look like to spend a year eating food you’ve either produced yourself or sourced locally? The Kingsolver/Hopp family certainly aren’t the only ones who have attempted this […]


Quotation of the Day for June 4, 2007 “It is not really an exaggeration to say that peace and happiness begin, geographically, where garlic is used in cooking.” – X. Marcel Boulestin, cook and writer (1878-1943)

Woe and sandwiches

Quotation of the Day for April 25, 2007: “I now know why my own childhood packed lunches were such joyless, dispirited affairs. It was vengeance. And despair. Somehow it is very hard to feel inspired to make sandwiches at 8.15 in the morning. I just stare into the fridge. “As Nietzsche said, peer long enough […]


The Estonian Easter dessert. (Ingredients, courtesy of my grandmother. Method developed by my mom’s trial-and-error experiments, and mine.) Ingredients: 2 lbs dry cottage cheese (This is sold in vacuum packs near the regular cottage cheese. Salted? Unsalted? Some of each? Up to you. I used 1/2 salted, 1/2 unsalted, but that’s just because that’s all […]