Keep Calm and Go to London… continued

Moving on from food to flowers, we took a day trip from London to Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s home, and to Sissinghurst, one of the most renowned gardens in England.  Sissinghurst is known for its White Garden, and it was lucky coincidence that we happened to be there just as it was beginning to bloom.  A green thumb must be part of the collective English consciousness, because everywhere we went there were gorgeous flowers – like these at the flower stand […]


Keep Calm and Go to London

Just to show that we Yanks have no hard feelings about that pesky Revolutionary War business, I want to share some photos from a recent trip to London. In my opinion, the food in London is some of the most inventive and delicious in the world.  On this particular visit, we sampled a wide range of London’s culinary delights: a country gastropub, a whimsical teatime, a champagne lunch, and the always-amazing Ottolenghi; I could have stayed for months and barely […]

Etiquette, Formalities

Plane and Simple

There’s a saying that you learn good manners from those who have none. I was reminded of this on a recent plane flight.  The big passenger seated in front of me fell into his seat like a dead weight, launching the open bottle of water on my tray table into my lap.   As he organized himself, he stretched his head backward over the top of the seat, leaning back so my face was less than a foot away from his […]

Desserts, My Recipes

Strawberry Kuchen

Prep time: thirty minutes plus one hour for yeast to rise One kuchen serves 6 This recipe makes two nine-inch kuchens (Please note I used 2/3 of the dough to make one really big kuchen for the photo, just because I wanted to use the scalloped pie plate, and the other 1/4 of the dough to make a mini-me kuchen.  Don’t want to create a false impression about the size of kuchen you’re going to get!)

Dessert, Food, Summer

Strawberry Kuchen

I want to sneak this recipe in before the strawberry season is over.   This is an easy yeast dough coffee cake with fresh strawberries baked on top – a good starter recipe for anyone who is intimidated by yeast dough.  The kuchen is best eaten soon after it comes out of the oven, because the strawberries on the warm dough are a particularly tasty combination.  “Kuchen” is the German word for cake, but this recipe of my grandmother’s was more […]