Pumpkin Sour Cream Pancakes

Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

Tomorrow my darling husband and I are embarking on an eight week experiment to rid our bodies of sugar and see what happens. I’ve been keeping to the I Quit Sugar regiment pretty strictly for almost ten weeks now, including daily serious morning jogs and reformer pilates, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day.…

Lemon Debutante Wedding Cake

Entertaining, Events, Pastry, Sweets

As I sit here and settle in to the couch, preparing to tune in to the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, I wonder if perhaps I’ve been inspired by the weeks of its bucolic, mouth-watering competition.  I’ve never been a baker, never been one for the precision and patience that the pastry arts require. It’s a temperament…

A Special Lunch Delivery

Entertaining, Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

My fellow American and just general all-round lovely lady, Caroline, recently welcomed a second child to her family here in London. And while diaper genies and swaddling blankets and stuffed toys remain all the rage, the gift I always give a new mom is a home cooked meal prepared and delivered by me. I think the gift…

Culinary Backstreets of Istanbul

Cheaper Eats, Istanbul, Markets, Pastry, Restaurants, Shops, Sweets, Travel

When a friend suggested we sign up for a food tour of Istanbul I was instantly intrigued but also slightly hesitant. I’m used to sniffing out my own food trails when I travel, but given that neither of us speak Turkish and with the fervent hope we’d not be taken to places we’d easily access on…