Simplify

things are manic this fall.  I’m teaching a night class; Beanie’s seeing evening clients; I’m traveling a bunch, especially right at the end of my talk tour season. We can go whole weeks without an evening at home. So normal nesting routines of slow roasted squash and seasonal charm will be seized in small moments … Continue reading

Food of love

Some live to eat while others eat to live. Had I infinite time and money I would run millions of experiments and projects, one of which would investigate those in the latter camp. To eat well is to feel with your whole self. To be alive to what goes in your body and the sensational … Continue reading

Home Sweet Home (hacks)

I honestly didn’t know how we’d fare in a 800 sq ft apartment after a palatial Georgian flat in Edinburgh and a stint in my parents’ (classy) behemoth in the suburbs. But we’ve passed the one-year mark in our little city pad and I still love it to pieces. Initially it was a single-year commitment, … Continue reading

Things I Like — Crossing Out

Is there anything more satisfying than a To Do List item completed? The act of finishing a long-neglected and niggling task is a relief, to be sure. But physically obliterating the written effigy of such a chore is cleansing — Be gone, budget planning! Away with you, Comcast customer service! You are struck down — … Continue reading

Things I Like — Carpet Diem Kitchen

Sometimes you wake up and all you want is a fancy pastry. Sometimes desperation is the mother of invention. Pain au Chocolate Chips! One sheet ready roll puff pastry, cut into 9 squares 9 tsp chocolate chips 1 egg beaten in a cup Oven 350F. Spray baking sheet. For each square put chips In the … Continue reading

Things I Like — Dumpsters

Those big, driveway-sized containers primarily. To look in while passing is obscenely intimate, if casual — so they are finally getting rid of that pink formica from the 1/2-bath — sometimes even glimpses of photos and long-loved armchairs and rugs with a lifetime of stories and stains. Today I found a vintage mirror, oddly oblong … Continue reading

Things I Like — Recycled Veg

Sounds disgusting, right? Perhaps Hydroponic Replanting would be more accurate (but less fun). I plonked the husky ends of some romaine hearts into small bowls of water yesterday and ceremoniously dumped them on the kitchen windowsill. As if by magic, and in accordance with the advice of the good people at Food52, today they have … Continue reading

Kitchen Tour

I love our apartment. I love it hard. Even if we were millionaires I’d be hard-pressed to change much about it  (excepting of course my burning desire to build a terrace hanging garden and outdoor cafe seating area on the back deck. THAT I will splurge on as soon as I am able.) Our apartment … Continue reading

Best Ever Cauliflower Curry (No, really)

Cauliflower was on clearance and lo, a miracle was bestowed upon us. Sarcasm aside, cauliflower has some image issues. It can be delicious but it’s too starchy for most go-to veg jobs and too veg-y for those diet listicles that always turn up around New Years: “replace shredded cheese on your favorite dish with crumbled … Continue reading

Our Neighborhood

About a million years ago I joined #MakingTime, a month of daily prompts to reclaim life and find balance in the little spaces between Stuff. It had some pretty awesome things about it and I enjoyed my escapades. One of my daily challenges was to take 20 pictures of my day and really spend time … Continue reading

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