Tagine of Lamb and Zucchini; melancholy cleaning

Tagine of Lamb and Zucchini

When we were in Marrakesh 3 years ago we took a cooking class. The class was a lot of fun and it was fascinating to see the proper way to make the food I had been experimenting with at home, Not only was the food delicious, the presentation was an art form. I had one … Continue reading…

Happy Holidays – yes, all of them….

Happy Festivus or Happy Hanukkah or Good Yule or Happy Kwanzaa or, or, or….. Gosh this can get complicated…. Here are a few of the photos I’ve taken in recent years to help with the holiday spirit.   Merry Christmas The carousel in the Christmas market, Lyon  Happy Holidays Our holiday table Bonne Fêtes Booth … Continue reading…

Bad Day…. Bad, Bad Day

Cliff Notes Version: Up 2 hours before dawn for my state-ordered health exam. I wanted to be early. No breakfast. I was 30 minutes late. We couldn’t find it. Four hours of poking and prodding and I’m dismissed, it’s a sunny day, we head home. Five minutes after getting on the motorway we had a … Continue reading…

Stuffed Cornish Hens, those were the days, my friends…..

We don’t actually have Cornish Game Hens here. We have little chickens: coquillettes, poussin…. They’re about the same size as Cornish hens but I have no idea of their background. I have a long, colorful history with Cornish hens, but more of that later. When you are hungry for turkey and stuffing but want something … Continue reading…

Asparagus and Green Garlic Tarts

Puff pastry makes wonderful ‘tarts’.  The asparagus and green garlic are blanched quickly first.  Then it’s just assemble and bake, for an easy but impressive first course.  Asparagus and Green Garlic Tarts Total time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 6 slim asparagus spears, roll cut into small pieces 3 green garlic, roll cut into small pieces, including … Continue reading…

Spinach Salad with Sausages, Peppers and Feta

Salad season is starting. I know, most of you probably eat salads all year long. We don’t. Two reasons: We eat lettuce and spinach when they’re in season. For spinach that’s spring and fall; for lettuce, that’s late spring through mid-summer I’m not in the mood for salads in winter. In winter I want soups, stews … Continue reading…