warm figs and cold yogurt soup

(a few thoughts collected in the Balkans) Somehow, backpacking through the Balkans hadn’t made it to the absolute, very top of my list.  I had other dreams, adventures I’d imagined investigating before swimming… Continue reading

sauering krauts

Making sauerkraut felt like the grown-up version of that pre-school activity where our tiny wrists and tiny arms patiently, tirelessly shook little containers of cream until it suddenly gave up, a small pat… Continue reading

chocolate raspbeberry loaf (and black beans, too)

I’m going to be completely honest here. I think you should lie about this cake. Please, let me explain. It’s a white lie, a helpful, honest-to-goodness, I just want what’s best for you… Continue reading

muhamarra (red pepper, walnut and pomegranate dip)

Every once in a while, hummous needs a nap.  It’s not that everyone’s favourite chickpea and tahini spread has done anything wrong.  He’s delicious, healthy, easy to make and astoundingly versatile.  There’s clearly… Continue reading

spicy watermelon and avocado salad

This salad! Bright, juicy chunks of watermelon, crispy croutons, creamy avocado, all very nice.  But sprinkled with a spicy seed mixture and almost swimming in a bold, sour, minty dressing, this salad is… Continue reading

roasted apricot frozen yogurt

This is less of a recipe, more of a simple suggestion to roast some fruit, stir it with yogurt, and freeze it.   I make frozen yogurt by simply freezing yogurt, usually with… Continue reading

turkish pizza

earl grey poached fig tart with chocolate

I wasn’t planning on falling for Brussels.  Actually, I wasn’t even planning to go to Brussels. I was just planning a trip to visit a dear friend in Valenciennes – a (very!) small town… Continue reading

lentil and roasted pumpkin salad

The words lentil and salad together don’t usually make me run to strap on my dancing shoes, but when I landed on this combination the other day I did do a bit of a tap dance under… Continue reading