Category: Recipes

AlcoHOLidays | Brazilian Independence Day | The Samba

Greetings and Salutations! Welcome to our next cocktail series, aptly titled AlcoHOLidays. See what I did there? Of course you do! After all, you’re incredibly intelligent (I mean, you must be, you read this blog!) and it’s too early to be that far into your cups already, right? So for this series we’ll be taking […]

Marinating Meat for Barbecue Treats

Marinating meat is a popular and relatively cheap way to spice up any dish.  The technique has been in use for many thousands of years.  It has often been used as a way to preserve as well as tenderise meat in the pre-refrigeration era (most of human history).  This is probably why there is such […]

A Hot Way to Cool Down

Ahh, rum. It was my spirit of choice back when I hit the legal drinking age (no, really, I was a goody two shoes and didn’t drink until I was 21*), probably because I grew up watching Aunt Marie mix Pina Coladas at my grandmother’s wet bar and I just thought that was the life, right […]

ICC | Poush Parbon er Pati Shapta | Bengali Coconut Crepes

After many months absence, I finally had a chance to participate in this month’s Indian Cooking Challenge once again! Now, if you think back a couple of weeks you may remember those scrumptious Banana Crepes I posted about. The reason I was making crepes on a summer Sunday morning was this month’s ICC recipe and I seized the opportunity […]

Cosmic Cocktails | Pisces | Sleeps With the Fishes

And here we are, at the end of our jaunt among the cosmos, with our final sign in the zodiac: Pisces. I’ve dated to astrological fish in my time and, with a little reflection, I see that they are each on totally opposite ends of the Piscean spectrum. The high school Pisces definitely had that […]

Cosmic Cocktails | Aquarius | The Bleeding Heart

As we wind down our trip through the cocktail cosmos, we come to our next-t0-last sign: Aquarius. Symbolized by the water-bearer, Aquarians often find themselves happiest when helping others–both in face-to-face, person-to-person encounters as well as large-scale humanitarian efforts that benefit many. They also tend to be incredibly idealistic, but with follow-through: eschewing businesses that […]

Cosmic Cocktails | Capricorn | The Social Climber

I’m sure you’ve heard the following phrase: Behind every successful man, there’s a woman. That woman in question was probably a Capricorn. Our tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is the sign of ambition and drive and supreme focus. They are great in the board room not only because they thrive on power and position, […]

Cosmic Cocktails | Sagittarius | The Great Hunt

Starting off the final four in our zodiacal bacchanal is Sagittarius, the Archer. It’s no great stretch of the imagination to believe that the Sagittarian is always on the hunt for one thing or another, that it truly is the chase that drives them. Consequently, once one trial is done, the next one must come […]

Cosmic Cocktails | Scorpio | What a Tail

Apologies for the lack of update last Friday: preparations for the book launch took more time than I expected them to. Isn’t it always the way? But now we’re back! From outer space, we just walked in– No, no, no, we’re not channeling Gloria Gaynor, here, not the least because she was a Virgo, not a Scorpio, […]

A Summer Soup

Chowders are usually heavy soups perfect for cold, winter months to warm you up when the weather is frightful. This chowder, though, is light, a little sweet, and full of summer vegetables. I served it as part of my book launch tasting menu this weekend and it was perfect for a rainy, summer day spent […]