Hop Skip Jump

It is an easy ferry ride from Seattle to Vashon Island. This past Sunday was forecast to be one of the last sunny, sunny days for the next while.  A trip to the island was planned to soak up the outdoors before the promised rain forced us indoors. The main reason for traveling to Vashon…

Preservation

I have managed to avoid making any jams or jellies this summer.  Usually I sneak in a few preserving projects here and there.  I could not bring myself to do it this season. It was perhaps the many weeks straight of what felt like unseasonably warm temperatures.  Or, maybe the berries were too delicious and…

Savory scones

Cheddar and chive scones to keep the 3pm munchies at bay.  It pairs well with a steamy cup of oolong.  Take that 15 minute break.  You deserve it. The recipe is adapted from  The Rose Bakery Cookbook.  I used a combination of bread flour and rice flour for this recipe.  It gives the scones a…

I made a delicious sandwich.

Never apologize, as Julia says. She was referring more to cooking mishaps. Nevertheless. Tomatoes are at their peak.  With the cooling weather I am looking for new ways to maximize their flavor.  After taking stock in the kitchen I had an avocado, bacon, two largish tomatoes and an herbed goats cheese in front of me….

Caprese

The classic made miniature.  In the garden we have tomatoes ranging in size from mothball to something akin to a double baseball.  Tonight’s stars are oval in shape, the length of a pinky finger, with an blood red skin and flesh.  They are tender, juicy, being produced by the bucket load at the moment. These…

Torte

I have been “trying” to make this cake for weeks.  It’s a recipe from How To Hygge  By Signe Johansen.  The timing was not right.  The cake baked in the oven for the better part of an hour.  In the summer heat this would end up negating all the work our little AC unit was…

Tomato time.

There was no great shift in the weather that spurred the desire to make soup.  It was more the situation – dinner needed to get done.  The early girl tomato plants are bursting with fruit.  In the fridge waiting to be used were two red peppers, half a red onion, and a few cloves of…

Tomato Toast

London Plane is a charming spot.  Flooded with evening light it takes on a romantic air.  Tonight I dined alone, grabbing a bite before heading to an event hosted by The Everygrey near by. I sat at the bar looking out over the square, perfect for people watching. Baseball fans, executives, and hipsters all passed…

Clutch cake

We were away for the holiday weekend.  The rental home was not especially equipped for extensive baking projects.  It’s best to bring your own knives, if you can.  Otherwise you will be left mincing an onion with a dull paring knife. One the long weekend we cooked every meal.  I would not say it was…

“…some perspective.”

Anton Ego requests “…some perspective.” during his climatic visit to Gasteau’s.  The Provençal dish ratatouille harmoniously blends together summers peak vegetables.  They stew and simmer into a glorious concoction. Minced scallion, basil, parsley, and red onion are added to the pan.  While the aromatics simmer the tomatoes are roughly chopped into large chunks  Preserve any…