06 March 2016

Sour Cream Cardamom Pear Cake

I have always maintained that I am not a baker. I can bake things but not very well and my nature is somewhat averse to the required precision. However, recently and perhaps it's the weather, I've been in the mood to bake. Whatever the reason, I've been inspired but am selecting recipes that aren't overly complicated. Which brings me to my latest attempted, a delicious, yet simple, cake that is fragrant with cardamom and topped with lovely sliced pears.

20 February 2016

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

It was a co-worker's birthday this past week and I used that plus the long weekend as an excuse to bake one of my favorite cakes. The recipes both come from the Barefoot Contessa - although she didn't have them paired together in her cookbook.

14 February 2016

Coconut Shortbread Hearts

I am admittedly not a baker but I enjoy making cookies to share, especially around holidays. One of my favorite recipes is a coconut shortbread that I found awhile ago in Bon Appetit magazine from one of my favorite bakers, Elizabeth Faulkner.

13 September 2015

Hawaii Feasting: New to Me

I recently returned from Hawaii, spending a week with family and friends and enjoying a much needed vacation. As usual there were lots of opportunities to enjoy the local foods I can't get in Boston. But on this trip I also got to go to a number of new-to-me places - some long-time established Hawaii institutions that I've never been to and a couple of newer restaurants too.

Seared ahi from Side Street Inn on Da Strip

26 July 2015

Cooking with Friends: Char Siu Bao

Eating, for me, is a social event, a way to connect with friends and family while enjoying delicious food. Cooking is just as social. I love having folks in and around the kitchen when I'm cooking and I really enjoy when someone joins me in the kitchen to cook.

The other nice thing about cooking with friends is learning new things - like how to make Chinese Steamed Pork Buns or Char Siu Bao.

11 July 2015

Jamie Oliver's Minty Mushy Peas

Years ago when a group of friends and I were celebrating Thanksgiving, a friend asked me to make mushy peas. I had no idea what she was asking for so I made something up. I bought a can of peas (which already sounded mushy to me) and cooked it to death. Needless to say this was not what she wanted.

In spite of my time living in the UK, mushy peas was not one of the dishes I came across. It wasn't until a few years later, while watching an episode of Jamie Oliver that I was introduced to this lovely side dish.

10 July 2015

Crunchy Pea Salad

It's been awhile since I lived in Hawaii but there are still some things that I remember after all these years. One of them is a pea salad from Ryan's in Honolulu. We often went there for lunch and I got a salad sampler plate. I don't remember the other salads on the plate but I do remember the pea salad.