A lovely neighborhood merchant asked me several days ago what I would be doing for Thanksgiving. I just shrugged and said that I am alone. She told me that she invites some folks who do not have family and asked me if that included me. Nope, I have family, but my daughter lives in London … More New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving
You’re looking at classic Jubilee Jumbles* and my Snicks with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle Kisses.** I made them as a present for a couple out-of-town nieces who are visiting their cousin (also known as my daughter) today, as she returns to London tomorrow. One of my nieces has a birthday this weekend and her … More Spot the difference.
My Facebook feed this morning included a post from Washington’s own Bluebird Grain Farms featuring emmer pancakes from their artisan mix. I’d forgotten that there’s a bag of it in the box of flours and such that I brought along in the move, so the virtual reminder and salivation sent me into the cubbyhole kitchen … More Emmer Pancakes? Yes, please.
Chocolate layer cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting with rum flavoring and sprinkles are featured in today’s birthday-by-proxy for my daughter in London. My daughter has taken several pages out of my book, the most recent of which are going to London for an advanced degree and deciding to shave a number of years off her … More Happy ____th Birthday, M, by Proxy
My daughter was off to London this week for an MBA program and will, again this year, miss her birthday at home. Nevermind, I covered both events with one cake, making use of more neighborhood rhubarb and the occasion of the annual Block Watch Party to share a moist, unexpected, non-chocolate cake* on a hot … More WordPress forces early Birthday Wish
My daughter’s friend from London brought me a box of dark chocolate truffles made by one of Seattle’s chocolatiers, Seattle Chocolates. These shots are a thank you. I use temporarily vacant space to set up art displays for myself. Tonight, the dining room table served very well, so I’ve promoted it to a category. Table … More Table Art: Tonight as Gratitude
There was much fun and mixing in my kitchen this week in preparation for the birthday party of a young girl who will be six. She wanted a snowman cake, the description of which changed several times over the course of several days and, indeed, right up to the last moment when she decided that … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Adorable Snowman Cake for a birthday
To diffuse some leftover adrenaline from fighting off an attempt by someone with a knife to get in my door in the middle of the afternoon last Thursday, I did one of the things that I find comforting. Bake something. Get in the kitchen, measure things, put ingredients together in a certain manner, take care … More Baking Experiments as Therapy, Example 1: Chocolate Chip Bourbon Cookies
My daughter was born in London’s Westminster Hospital while I was a candidate for an advanced degree and we both got very lucky. She was admitted to Bessborough Street Day Nursery in Victoria in her first year which meant she got world-class care and I could spend my days in the India Office Library doing … More Kissing The Old Year Goodbye
Last week there was an email from a tech site about yet another use for Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopters, and what a lovely bonus it will be to Sikorsky’s new owner, Lockheed Martin, as the implications are huge for this famous plane. I let my imagination carry me away. I like helicopters. I have a calendar … More Drone to Table in 3, 2, 1