Household Rules: Use Everything! Recycled-Biscuits-Sandwich-Biscuit

Let’s pretend… I’ll pretend I like cooking and you pretend it tastes nice…You’ll eat and you’ll like it. The image of the perfect housewife who kept a spotless home, had her husband’s dinner ready as soon as he walked through the door from work and single-handed raised the children – while still always managing to […]

A Warming Winter Treat: Spiced Fruit and Recycled Cookie Crumble

“Rocks in my path? I keep them all. With them I shall build my castle.” Nemo Nox One can be a portion-perfect, blessed, talented and creative kitchen fairy, still, law is law: leftovers are a fact of life. They can be boring , annoying, dull and depressing, however, the magic of a real kitchen fairy lies […]

Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic…Sugar(Free) Fun with Isomalt

“Ultimately, the purpose of magic is to free our potential, not bind us to ideas.” Philip Carr-Gomm Isomalt is a sugar substitute discovered around the 1960’s (some sources say it was first engineered by the German company BENEO-Palatinit in the early 1980s, became popular throughout Europe, but was not approved for use in the United States until 1990). It […]

A Different Kind of Baking: Toasted Nut, Baked Orange and Onion Liver Pate

“This is the body’s nurse; but since man’s wit Found the art of cookery, to delight his sense, More bodies are consumed and kill’d with it Than with the sword, famine, or pestilence.” John Davies of Hereford Made from a mixture of liver, lard and seasoning,  pate works well as a snack or served at […]

Spotted Joy: Kamut, Youghurt and Soured Cream Seeded Bread Roll

“Bread and water—these are the things nature requires. For such things no man is too poor, and whosoever can limit his desire to them alone can rival Jupiter for happiness.” Seneca Bread rolls are small, usually round  mini breads, served as a meal accompaniment or sandwich base. Rolls can be served and eaten whole or cut, dressed with filling […]

A Tasty Beauty Makeover: Bread Crisps

“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to be dispersed because we’ve been ignorant of their value. “ R. Buckminster Fuller People of old times lived a simple life. They did simple things. They thought about life, love and others on a simple way. And they ate simple things. Simple, […]

Forager’s Winter Treat: Hazelnut Biscuit-Dried Berry Chocolate Bar with Nettle and Rosehip Tea

“My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.” George R.R. Martin Foraging through winter sounds like hard work; it is cold, it’s windy,  and a supposedly thankless task, however, it is surprising how many wild foods remain common through the dark winter months. […]

From the Memory of the Communal Ovens: Chestnut (Puree) Sourdough Loaf

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” Kazuo Ishiguro Making deliciously moist, soft loaves, which are multi-purpose breads with long shelf-life is a thankful activity, as one can bake bread enough for a week as they […]

A Well-Baked Recipe: Being Published…

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Rumi Although there are lots of other equally satisfying ways to get one’s thoughts/knowledge/writing into the world, every aspiring artist dreams of getting published on the classic way. And I have dreamt about baking my way into the classic route… […]

Savour the Party: Salty Cheddar, Hazelnut and Paprika Biscotti

“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.” Avery Aames The humble biscotti, just like many other old-fashioned biscuit-type bakes, for example the ship’s biscuits in the United Kingdom, was originally made as a “long-shelf-life” food for travelers, being very dry and containing no fats and was carried to their battles by the Roman Legions. There are […]