Posts from ‘May, 2013’

New button stitch detail!

Who knew a plain old four-hole button can be sewn on with such panache?!

My ‘C’ Spices

I keep my spices in alphabetical order.  I’m not that anal; it makes finding spices quicker when the number of spices exceeds a couple dozens.  I notice that I have quite a few spices under  ‘c’: Cardamom Cajun seasoning blend Cayenne Chili powder, Bolsa Cinnamon: stick & ground Cloves Coriander Cumin: whole seeds & ground […]

The “Atlantic” Knot

We dined at Swift’s Attic recently.  The host/partner, CK Chin, nattily dressed as always, had tied his tie with a knot that I have never seen before: A quick Google’ing shows that this is either an “Atlantic” knot or a “Bosphorus” knot.  The same Google results also open up a whole new world of tie […]

“En Papillote”

I made this “Sea Bass In Papillote” recipe today. I used dried thyme (about 1/4-1/2 tsp for two) so I “toasted” it along with the garlic and capers and tomatoes in olive oil beforehand. My twists were a bit of red pepper flakes, and a tiny bit of butter on each fillet (about 1/2 tsp each). […]

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”

…or so goes the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.  Not so with certain culinary quests, I say. For example, I bake French baguettes.  A lot.  I bake all the bread for our family of two.  My issue is regardless of how fastidious I am with my ingredients and methods, the end result is never exactly […]

Like “Pulling Teeth”?

I had five teeth pulled recently in preparation for getting braces. Food-wise, I prepared by making a huge pot of cháo, the Vietnamese version of “congee”, or rice porridge. Since I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be up to chewing anything, I opted to purée everything into a soup-like dish. I cooked rice, with twice […]

Simple Salad: Yellow Beets and Strawberries

I did another simple salad for dinner, modeling it after a similar salad that my multi-talented sis-in-law made when she visited us recently. Julienne and boil yellow beets until fork-tender.  (I only used about 1/2″ of water in the saucepan to boil/steam the beet, keeping the pan tightly covered.) Hull an slice strawberries about 1/8″ […]

Zucchini and Tomato Salad with Bacon Orange Dressing

Dire straits often yield interesting, innovative, inspired, outcomes.  My kitchen dire straits often arrive at week’s end, just before we buy groceries for the coming week, when the cupboard is at its barest.  OK, so my “bare” may be many people’s “laden” but that’s another topic altogether.  Today, I need to make a veggie dish […]