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…

Quinoa Veggie Salad Bowl

Healthy Eats, Recipe, Vegetarian

I know it’s been a while devoted readers, and for that I do apologize, however please understand that eating sugar-free does not generally make for interesting reading. There are plenty of blogs completely devoted to eating gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, paleo, and on and on and on (I know, I’ve been checking them out). However, this…

Girls’ Night Pampering Party

Entertaining, Pastry, Recipe

Sorry it’s been a while, but with two new clients and a whole slew of engagements for which I was also cooking, it’s been a little hectic over here! One of the events gave me a lovely excuse to have some fun in the kitchen and expand my repertoire just a bit. A dear friend of…

America’s Summertime Abundance

Entertaining, Markets, Pastry, Recipe, Travel, Uncategorized, Washington DC

While I’m more than content to trot around the globe during most of the year, in fact like nothing more than to see new places and experience the new, to my mind, summer should always take place in the US. Surely this affinity was formed during all those years we spent overseas, moving from place to…

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…