...Without making a giant mess. I realize there are super savvy people who have the seeding and juicing of pomegranates all figured out, but up until yesterday I did not. I heard all about the super health benefits of pomegranates, but getting into these things is impossible. I bought one pomegranate a while ago, and after I was done popping all the seeds it looked like a bloodbath. And they stain. Oh, do they ever...
Here we go, a proper trip report! Our first stop in Costa Rica was the Ecolodge San Luis in Monteverde, operated by the University of Georgia, TX. It's a real-deal jungle research station where a few lucky students end their studies with a 6 month volunteer program. They have a few basic accommodations for tourists interested in what happens in such a place first hand. The nightly rate included the room, all meals, and activities like night jungle treks, bird watching, insect gathering and many, [Read more...]
I made Crepes with Ricotta, Apples and Cinnamon because 40 pounds of apples were staring at me from their box. We picked them in a big happy flurry (look at all the apples we have, yippie!), and that was two weeks ago, and that was that. They're sitting there and waiting for this lazy person to peel them all and stash them away. Problem is, I'm not a canner and maker of things in jars... I convinced myself that no matter what I do, there's that unavoidable chance I'll make botulism, eat it and [Read more...]
Our farmer's markets are overflowing with late summer produce, especially plums and peaches from British Columbia. I made a few versions of this custard cake over the season, alternating with using cherries, pears, apples and raspberries. Pure bliss. There are some tricks and pointers, which I will now explain... Really really important: don't over-beat the custard batter, which make the cake tough and chewy, rather than soft and pillowy. I made this mistake a few times when cutting my teeth [Read more...]
My Fig, Pear, and Brie Galette adventure started with a half-eaten blueberry cake, quietly incubating under a tea towel for a week. Until the little buggers started flying out everywhere. Next thing I know, I'm running to the back lane, cake, container and all, feeling terrible for throwing out my mom's cake pan, but unable to lift the towel and face the horror underneath. As careful as I was, some fruit flies remained at large, looking for their next victim. It was obvious that the 5 kilo bag [Read more...]
Okay, we're officially on a Vietnamese cooking roll - heaps of herbs, tasty morsels from the grill, and platefuls of fresh fruits and vegetables. I want to eat like this forever. Being at the peak of our short summer, fruit is especially something to eat up while the season lasts. But don't you feel like fruit gets pushed to sidelines of main meals - snacks, desserts and breakfasts - how do you work in more? I remember making a papaya and chicken salad not too long ago, and I thought - can we [Read more...]
Look, deja-vu! I know, I know. Another strawberry dessert. This was never even meant to make it here, sort of a culinary afterthought on one lazy evening. I have a written recipe for a cobbler cake that I've been making for ages, I'm just unable to commit it to my permanent memory and end up having to look for that recipe over and over again. That won't happen anymore now! This is a summer cake at it's simplest. I made it before using all sorts of summer fruits: peaches, apricots, [Read more...]