Saffron milk tea (karak chai)

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When I spend all my time at home, with constant access to coffee, one of my biggest challenges is trying not to spend every waking hour refilling my mug and getting myself so jacked up on caffeine that it’s laughable to even consider sleeping prior to one or two in the morning. If it’s coffee,…… Continue reading Saffron milk tea (karak chai)

Sourdough Spelt Loaf

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I’m usually not one to post sourdough recipes, because so much of sourdough baking is a feeling — not a formula. You need to know your starter, your environment, the way even the slightest shift in the weather can impact the final product. This is a guide for a simple loaf you can start in…… Continue reading Sourdough Spelt Loaf

Pistachio Rose Irish Porridge

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Here is a simple one for complicated times. Much of the world is in some form of self-isolation, and there are just as meany simple meals needed complicated projects. This one straddles both worlds, since it is, at its heart, a very basic porridge dressed up with the accessories of a broadly-stocked pantry. You can…… Continue reading Pistachio Rose Irish Porridge

Sourdough: Beginnings

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Like most things one does in one’s early 20s, I took for granted my first kitchen job. I worked in the pastry department of a restaurant with a whole animal program, a commitment to using local produce so serious it prevented them from putting sliced tomatoes on their hamburgers in winter, and a pair of…… Continue reading Sourdough: Beginnings

French Beef Curry

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You could say I’ve always had a passion for old cookbooks. One of my favorite childhood volumes was a technicolor tome thick as a telephone book with the cover ripped off, so I’ve no idea what it was called. My mother seemed to use it exclusively for a carrot cake recipe, but I could easily…… Continue reading French Beef Curry