This past weekend I took a home coffee roasting class at the Institute for Domestic Technology. The name alone is enough to love the place…then you walk through the incredible villa front doors, out onto a few young orange trees to find a handful of beautiful bleeting goats. That is where the kitchen is, it could hardly feel more pastoral and perfect for making food. Or coffee roasting for that matter…
Monthly Archives: January 2012
The last couple of days there has been an odd icy chill to the days. It hasn’t helped that it has poured and no one in Los Angeles is prepared for cold weather. It’s one of the rites of passage moving to LA, you give away all your winter coats and sweaters. I gave up most, but couldn’t bear to part with a bright indigo blue military beauty. (I wear it when others are still in flip flops.) But today, today! There was no need for such things. We awoke to sunshine and the world washed a brighter green. So we went to the Garden.
I recently received The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook as a gift. It has been hard to get my attention over the last week, as I have been devouring the pages. Yes, I am one of those strange creatures who reads a cookbook cover to cover. I also highlight, make charts and tab them…a law school education can not go silently into the good night. Rachel Saunders absolute love of fruit comes through on every page and in every photo. Yes I know, it was published in 2010 so I may be late to this party but i think fashionably! And I’m willing to bet a lot of people still don’t know truly what a gem this book is.
It’s been a week but it seems like it’s been months. This month we launched Red Bread. A place where I get to indulge my wild yeast and decadent imaginations in the form of something hearty and sweet that you can eat! It’s been a busy month of flour testing, chocolate tasting, walnut research, butter comparisons….you name it we have eaten it, in the name of Science!
So I haven’t been cooking anything wonderful up here at the home front, as most of my efforts have been in a much more high tech kitchen. In our little yellow cottage by the sea we’ve been snacking between the busy hours on nuts and fruit. So here are some tips from our week as forest animals. Continue reading
A lot of people’s idea of a real Christmas has to involve a tree and (hopefully) snow. It did for me for a long while back east. But after having spent a Christmas in the west, I feel very won over by christmas decor hanging on palm trees as I stroll in a light sweater.