While going to graduate school and living for several years in London, Thanksgiving dinner was not neglected by me or other American students and business people. Typically I invited colleagues from S.O.A.S. who came from many different countries and had not experienced our holiday tradition. (Some of the return invitations provided me the experience of … More Happy Thanksgiving with the old joke
Today (or at least the day I write it, the 24th of November) is the birthday of a special friend. He’s the husband of a friend and the father of two girls who are well represented in my sometime-series “In the kitchen with juliyya.” I’ve made birthday cakes for him and his family since they … More Surprise Birthday Cake, meaning full of surprises
For Veterans’ Day this year, I experimented with flavors in this quick bread, using whole rather than chopped dried tart cherries, chocolate chips, unsweetened applesauce for a smooth texture and a fresh orange crumble on top. It’s raining in Seattle today. (Surprise, surprise.) A great day for a slice of warm and a bit gooey … More Tart Cherry & Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Crumble
Saturday was the birthday of the man who gave me his previous Yamaha electric keyboard piano when he got a new, updated model with gazillions of bells and whistles. We were introduced during the heat wave this summer in the only air-conditioned room here. It wasn’t long afterwards when he walked into it again one … More Happy Birthday to Jazz Pianist
Having finished last night chronologically listing several months of photos meant to go in this blog with a paragraph or two and discovering that today is U.S. National Dessert Day and with Seattle prepping for a Mayoral election, I decided to do a quick post inspired by all those things. During the run-up to the … More It’s National Dessert Day. Something Cherry, Lorena Gonzalez?
That’s right. It’s my birthday and I’ve baked myself a cake to share. Rather than a 3-layer banana nut cake, which is my favorite, it’s a sheet cake which is easier to share with more people. The nuts were left out because many here cannot have nuts and it has Buttermilk frosting rather than the … More Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Independence Day, today, July 4th, the night when the folks where I live wish that the fireworks were at Gasworks Park with the helicopter flying the flag over a searchlight instead of in the street in the late, late night and early morning. The wish is not granted but that doesn’t stop the abundance … More Happy 4th & Happy 92nd Birthday to My Mum
This is not a new cookie, but a revision to one I invented last Christmas when I decided to change up the color of the sprinkles for Pride. So it’s still a snick with vanilla chips and essence of cotton candy but with rainbow sprinkles. Same deliciousness. Different sprinkles. Different occasion. Since I wasn’t able … More June: Time for Rainbow Sprinkles Snicks
To my friends and those celebrating Eid Al-Fitr as Ramadan 2021 ends beginning at sunset tonight in Seattle, May 12th, I wish you all a Blessed Eid. Today I made this Crazy Cake with Penuche frosting, a sprinkle of Sprouts’ Chocolate Gems and used my Arabic writing skills for the wish: Eid Mubarak. The cake … More Eid Mubarak
I have not been able to successfully edit, save or post since the first week of August. Ignoring the fact that I’m on Day 55 of a virus (tested negative last week for the pandemic version) which has zapped my energy and strength, I’ve made multiple attempts to post new content. When I try, I … More WordPress is not nice to old ladies.