Ah, ’tis the season. Even here in Southern California, where we don’t have as much differentiation between the seasons, I’m always surprised at the turn of weather when I’m no longer sitting on the porch sipping rosemary lemonade. Instead, I find myself cozied up in the kitchen, pouring myself a steamy hot toddy scented with […]
One of my favorite things about fall is the smell of burning wood and bonfires. Whether it comes from a backyard chimenea or a wood-burning stove, I’m always anxious for the temperature to drop a few degrees just so I can light a fire at home. I mostly keep it low-fi and light some crumpled newspaper […]
A couple years ago, I took a three-week holiday through Europe with my mom. We circled Western Europe and toured 9 countries in total (10 if you count the Vatican), zipping across channels and cities and countrysides, starting in London and ending in Amsterdam. (Has anyone ever flown out of Amsterdam’s airport? I don’t think […]
Living in such a mild climate means I’m lucky to have fresh herbs year-round, growing in the ground and staying as fragrant in winter as they do in summer. I almost always use fresh herbs in all my cooking, but there are times when I’ll reach for my dried herbs — oregano being one of […]
I still remember the day I sowed my wild zaatar oregano seeds. I even wrote about them (third post ever on the blog!). They took a while to germinate and an even longer while to grow into dainty little seedlings, but three years later, those seedlings have thrived into a shrub (more like a few […]
It really is a blessing to be able to walk around the yard, basket in hand, and harvest all my meals for the day. It’s like grocery shopping in my own home, and it’s my absolute favorite thing about having an edible garden. While this can be done almost any time of year, the shoulder […]
Strawberries. Fresh. From my berry patch!