Category Archives: food

latter day scones

“It takes only about 15 minutes to produce a basketful of lovely hot scones, featherlight, on the table.” Thus begins the Australian Women’s Weekly recipe on p. 76 of the Cooking Class Cookbook. Although I’ve put the scone recipe on … Continue reading

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The dust consisted of 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of sugar premixed.  The added crystals are ½ teaspoon of salt.  “Very hot” conventionally means 450-500F. This recipe was adapted from the Australian Women’s … Continue reading

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bear pond espresso

Much has been written about the food scene in Tokyo.  In the end, maybe it’s just a very, very big city.  The “largest metropolitan area in the world”, says Wikipedia, and among the densest (at more than 37,000 per square … Continue reading

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fish stew

As I’ve been compelled to email this very good bouillabaisse-like recipe from Ondi to myself a number of times over the past couple of years, it seems more convenient and sociable to put to put it on the blog.  Here … Continue reading

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fennel indecency

Like the fried fiori di zucca, there are some dishes whose ratio of low effort to extraordinary result seems like a violation of some natural— or at least moral— law.  This is one such.  The recipe comes originally from Frank, … Continue reading

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fiori di zucca

The season won’t last much longer, so it seems a good time to share the technique we use for making one of the loveliest things one can pop into one’s mouth, e.g. with a glass of prosecco before dinner with … Continue reading

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chicken marbella

Nancy made this for us last year, and it was great.  Apparently a classic.  Adding it to the blog now because it’s today’s shopping list. 4 chickens, 2½ pounds each, quartered 1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed ¼ … Continue reading

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places in corsica

This blog isn’t much of a diary.  I’d be hard pressed to say what exactly it is, but one of its functions is to record things that might be useful or interesting later on, to ourselves or to friends or … Continue reading

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french coffee

We’ve had a wonderful time abroad.  More on that soon.  But a notable minus of Corsica: the coffee sucks. In fact, the coffee sucks in France as a whole.  For a culture that so values gastronomy, this is difficult to … Continue reading

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latte vorticity

I used to be a bit of a purist about latte art, but am being convinced that the use of the spoon to incise the surface after the pour is valid.  The barista at Besalu is convincing. Their croissants are … Continue reading

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