2015 Solstice Party menu and reflections

Solstice menu Cheese straws FRIDAY – the usual – made two kinds – one straight up and one with three kinds of cheese – the straight up ones were better Spicy almond MONDAY – big success – cumin, chili; rosemary lemon and sriracha...

2014 Solstice Party Menu and Reflections

We had a much bigger crowd planned this year – expecting up to 70 people. I think we got about 60 in the end. Cheese straws – staple of our parties – this year with trader joe 6-year aged cheddar and some of their four cheese blend (parmesan, asiago,...

An aide memoire for our Solstice Party

Just need to remember what the food and menu was for the future roasted lemon, rosemary, chili almonds – next time do in oven fully and make sure sauce is thick to coat cheese straws – worked great to make ahead and store dough in fridge and cut and cook a...

Simple Shakshuka Supper

Inspired by David Lebovitz’ fantastic Shakshuka, I set out to make a simple supper tonight. First I put on some basic polenta (boild 2 cups water, as boils add big pinch salt and 1/2 cup polenta and then turn down low and stir throughout the rest of the...

Guest Chef – The Restaurant

My last real post on this blog was back in August of 2008(!) That would be criminal if I had really had time to keep up, but I just haven’t. And I still don’t. But this piece of nes is just too much fun and too worthwhile for me not to write again. A...