Berry Bounty

I came home from the farmer’s market on Sunday with a flat of raspberries.  Full on magenta berries heady with their sweet floral aroma.  So far this week they have made it on top of oatmeal and into lunches for snacks.  Nothing more adventurous than that. I find myself digging around for a few more…

Herbs and Spices

I enjoy reading cookbooks as much as I enjoy consuming fiction.  The stories, the process, they way a cook gets from ingredients to finished product is fascinating.  Earlier this year I finally purchased The Ottolenghi Cookbook.  Why it took me so long I will never know, nor does it really matter. Using this book I have…

Focaccia

There is only so much pizza that can be consumed in one night.  After many pies were constructed and consumed a mound of dough remained.  It was boxed up and placed back in the fridge to slowly rise in its cool confines overnight. The next morning the dough now pliant and slack was laid out…

Dough-dough

I spent much of the summer cooking meals outside.  I was dedicated to keeping the heat out of the kitchen and in turn out of the house. Now it is November. Snow falls in heavy flakes outside the window yesterday afternoon; a growing ball of dough lay nestled in its bowl under a tea towel…

Braised

The night before it snowed in early November two rough and tough lamb shanks were taken to task. The initial preparation was nothing fancy.  The cast iron pan was heated.  Lamb shanks were well seasoned and oiled.  While they browned in one pan diced onion and minced garlic sweated in another.  Quartered yukon gold potatoes…

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….