Lunch

I spent the evening browsing and wandering around The Elliot Bay Book Company, my favourite place in Seattle. It is a dream. A large warehouse like space. Rows of wooden bookshelves. Even three rows of essays and criticism. And staff recommendations that are generally right on the money. I often take a look at their…

I’m Back!

It’s been over six months since I last posted! That’s because I’ve been busy cooking and eating… and finishing writing my dissertation. But I’m rolling up my sleeves and will be back to posting regularly. Here’s a sampling of the last six months in my kitchen…

Summer Peach Crostata

Everyone makes a big deal about pastry. The butter has to be cold. The water has to be iced. You can’t overwork the dough. Pastry recipes always sound like a disaster waiting to happen. They seem to be rolling their eyes and telling you to head to a bakery (where they know what they’re doing)…

Thai Basil Chicken

One of my favouritest people, A,  loves Thai food. And is a pretty talented home cook himself. This Thai Basil Chicken is inspired by a delicious meal he made for me. Here it is, pictured below. It was a wonderfully balanced plate: basil chicken (top left), sticky rice, and a divine beef salad (bottom right)….

Kofta Curry

Today I had an intense craving for Kofta Curry. My mother makes a mean version. And in my imagination it is even more delicious in the dampness of the monsoon. It was 30 degrees C today and then we had some unexpected, beautiful, warm afternoon rain.  It felt like I was home in Bombay. Yesterday,…

Ales for Outlaws

Ales for Outlaws is the motto of the Lonerider Brewery (LRB) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Who ever writes copy for them is just a genius. There’s no two ways about it. LRB distinguishes its philosophy with lines like “Lonerider wears an air of mystery the way others wear cheap cologne.” They have a new IPA…

Pike Place Market

Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market is the perfect place to while away a (rare) sunny afternoon. It has gorgeous views of the Sound, which is a rippling, blue-gold today. The fish mongers know they’re on display and give the crowds a good show. Pearly pink scallops and bright orange crab claws sit in buckets of…

Brownies with Homemade Raspberry Sauce and Caramel Ice Cream

I was recently trying to find the perfect chocolate dessert for an extra special meal I was planning. I found a great recipe for a French flourless chocolate cake on the Wednesday Chef. But then I thought: why not make brownies? They share the same basic principles: a few good quality ingredients, and chocolate reigning supreme….

Blueberry Banana Bread

In the oven, the blueberries burst creating purple-blue swirls in the banana bread. Add a handful of blueberries to a standard banana bread recipe. Substitute mashed bananas for the acorn squash in the recipe. I’ve been using this same recipe for years which uses buttermilk + vegetable oil, making it a healthy treat. I love throwing…