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…

Cheese for Dinner

It’s the season for Vacherin du Haut-Doubs, a gooey, buttery round of cheese from the Jura region of France. It’s made in the winter months when the cows come down from the high mountain pastures and don’t produce as much milk. During the spring and summer the milk is used to make Comte cheese but…

Slow Cooker Vegan

We got a slow cooker for Christmas in our London kitchen and I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks for inspiration: Slow Cooker Italian by Michele Scicolone. I had used my US slow cooker to make sumptuous pots of beans based on a recipe in Michele’s book and decided to give it a go…

A Week in the Life

London has an incredible diversity of activities to experience and I’ve been out there doing just that. In this past week, I’ve shopped at the fabulous Borough Market, walked through a gorgeous tribute to India’s use of orchids at Kew Gardens, and seen how they play ice hockey in England as the Streatham Red Hawks…

Signs of Spring in London

Since my last post, I picked up stakes and moved from sunny California to London, arriving in mid-October. The city is quite a contrast to my suburban West Coast home with it’s large garden and temperate climes. Here, the constant frigid grayness of January has merged into rainy, chilly February – which had me searching…