The last time I was in Guildford, it felt like I was home. I went there to visit Rachel and Erick, people who moved to the little town in Surrey from Anchorage, and whom I’d always wanted to get to know better. The last time I visited had been in July, it was hot, and… Continue reading Guildford: Good food with good people
My last week at Old Park Hall was a busy one! Not only did we have the usual cleaning, turning over rooms, lighting fires, making dinner, and general upkeep, we also had family guests and I had a huge sewing project! I spent three days sewing blackout floor to ceiling curtains for the great windows of… Continue reading Axminster: Until next time Old Park Hall!
Making your own root veg crisps seems fancy, but this recipe is really very easy if you do one little trick! First slice your raw beets very thinly on a mandoline. I actually used the mandoline side of a box grater for these. See? Nothing fancy. Put them in a bowl and dust them generously… Continue reading Baked Beet Chips/ Beetroot Crisps
Although we don’t like to talk about it anymore, England used to be a great empire which included India. Even today, the Brits are known for loving their curries. I had the ingredients lying around the kitchen, so I decided to make a little chicken curry. It wasn’t the best I have ever made, but… Continue reading Chapati: Indian flat bread
Knowing how to cook and bake is not without it’s problems. This is a perfect example. I wanted chocolate, but there was presumably nothing in the house; I had even used all of the flour! I had coconut flour though, and the little recipe on the back of the package turned out wonderfully! I was… Continue reading GF Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Flour
It’s 22:00 and I want jam and bread. No, it’s not the healthiest of choices, and no, there is no bread in the house. So, what do I do? I make scones. English scones are basically American biscuits, and although I usually like my studded with currants, and glazed with a bit of milk so the… Continue reading Devonshire Scones
I went for a little adventure away from Old Park Hall, and went to Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast. It’s a little seaside town with tons of little shops, people on holiday, adorable seaside huts, and seaside goodies like ice-cream, fish and chips, and fudge. In April the weather was cold but sunny,… Continue reading Lyme Regis: By the Seaside, by the beautiful sea!
I’ve been worrying myself, for quite some time, about the fact that I never posted about my adventures in Italy. I’ve decided the start telling that story. It might be while I’m seated down in the kitchens of an old English manor house, and not on a sunny terrace in Piemonte, but I don’t think… Continue reading Fattoria l’Aurora: Reminiscing about Italy and the farm
On the train to Axminster I saw: hundreds of sheep, beef cattle, cows, chickens, a few pigs, fat wood pigeons, 3 deer, 4 swans, domestic geese, llamas, 7 pheasants, otherwise numerous and varied birds, and a rabbit in the blackberry brambles by the train tracks, a ruined castle, gorgeous churches, and an old man burning… Continue reading Axminster Devon England: Old Park Hall
Here’s a recipe for tasty Norwegian fishcakes. These are a specialty of my friend’s father, Ragnar. He makes the forcemeat, and Hilde’s mom Vivi fries them off. I gave Vivi a break, and was fry cook for the day. In this recipe they are fried in butter, but the mousseline forcemeat is very versatile, and… Continue reading Ragnar’s Norwegian Fishcakes: Ragnars Fiskekaker