Harvest Time

Gardens are overflowing with the best summer has to offer right now. The growing season is so short in England and the weather so mercurial that one has to make the most of what’s on offer. I came home from a visit with family in Devon loaded with bags of purple green beans, sunny yellow…

Great Taste Awards

Awards season is underway here in London – and I don’t mean for film, theatre or song – but for food! The Great Taste judging just wrapped up after several months of tasting. Over 500 judges in two locations tried some 12,0000 products in a wide spectrum of categories; one, two and three stars were…

Home Sweet Home

What is home? Is it a place or a person, a feeling or an emotion, a smell or a taste? Sometimes living this expat life it can be hard to determine what is home. Even though I have one here in London I get homesick for the people, places, smells, tastes and comforts of California….

A Flower by Any Other Name

My current produce obsession is with sprout flowers, a.k.a. kalettes or kale sprouts. This hybrid of Brussels sprouts and kale was introduced to England in 2010; each adorable flower is the size of a sprout with ruffly leaves surrounding a tightly closed bud. They grow on stalks like Brussels sprouts but the ruffles give them…

Barley Risotto and Mushrooms form a perfect marriage

Strolling through Borough Market recently, the unmistakable aroma of mushrooms sizzling over heat wafted tantalizingly through the air. Turnips, the gorgeous vegetable stall, has been showcasing it’s amazing variety of mushrooms by cooking them in a risotto-like dish using spelt instead of rice. The massive paella-style pan attracts a crowd of hungry diners as the…