Books, Beets, Borscht & Blini

Entertaining, Events, Recipe

After years of avoiding them, I’ve joined a book club. Finally, it seems enough time has passed between the six years I spent in university and grad school doing nothing but reading and talking about books ad nauseam with a bunch of people who fancied themselves experts on just about everything. Nowadays it is the…

Fancy Food – Duck Breasts with Blood Orange & Star Anise

Entertaining, Holiday Food, Recipe

It’s been a while since I’ve had regular dinner party clients. While I’ve had lots of regular mid-week family dinners to prepare, it wasn’t until a recent stretch of menu planning and preparation for some swanky dos, that I realised how much I miss preparing that sort of fancy food.  All of those ideas gathered…

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…