Columbia Road Flower Market….And Donuts!

London Eats, Markets, Restaurants, Shops

With American Mothers’ Day approaching quickly (it’s on Sunday May 11th, if you’re in the dark), I wanted to write a post with my dear mother in mind and perhaps offer the perfect day out for all of you American moms over on this side of the pond. Nothing reminds me of my mother like…

Midwestern Devilled Eggs

Entertaining, Holiday Food, Recipe

In the weeks leading up to Easter I saw many recipes for devilled eggs in the foodie blogosphere, traditional magazines, and newspapers.  The eggs had been tarted up – yolks mixed with asparagus or wasabi or ginger or avocado or tofu. They just didn’t appeal, but did get my mind’s tastebuds salivating. Give me at…

Lemon Lime French Tart

Entertaining, Holiday Food, Paris, Pastry, Sweets

I’ve just been watching actor Richard E. Grant, trawl through several villages in Provence, France, scouring tables at flea markets and antiques shops for little treasures. The show is called Dirty Weekenders in France and throughout he highlights the rustic simplicity of France and how even the most mundane, everyday objects are created with care and…

Confessions of a Compulsive Foodie Magazine Reader

Chef Sally Jane Elsewhere

The Hairsplitter website, devoted to essays and commentary, has just posted an essay I wrote about the recent evolution of popular food magazines. While I may never be offered a contract to write for any of them after this dissection of the genre, I just couldn’t help myself.  So in lieu of a new food post,…

Springtime Party Ideas

Entertaining, Events, Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

With Easter almost upon us and the spring weather tantalizingly close to being warm and tempting me back into the garden, I’m offering a menu today that is a perfect brunch, lunch, tea, or snack — suitable for almost any Springtime frolic, indoors or out, with friends and family. Originally, this menu was developed for the…

Homemade Smoked Ricotta – Roberta’s Pizza

Recipe, Restaurants, Vegetarian

I am a sucker for a restaurant cookbook, and when Roberta’s Cookbook thrashed its competitors during each round of Food52’s Piglet competition, I knew I’d have to add it to my collection. Most of the judges of the Piglet focused on whether or not they liked the quirky narrative that runs through the book, retelling the escapades and…