Ode to a Commode

  I subscribe to the “Word of the Day” through Dictionary.com. One of the words last week was “hydra,” (noun: a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved. 2.a water or marsh serpent with nine heads, each of which, if cut off, grew back as two). According […]

Making a Deal with the Devil (‘s Food)

“Those who stand in the brightest light cast the darkest shadows.” (A Gerry Tobin quotation). What do you see in the above image? (Found in Google images). When I first began writing my blog, I thought I would do all I could to stay positive as my natural inclination is toward negativity. I have to work […]

Stumbling Round the Learning Curve

I had intended to write on the grieving process, as November 27th is the 42nd anniversary of my brother’s death in an airplane crash. I even started a post about meaningful/momentous days and may get back to it, but I’m not feeling it right now. I thought I sounded melodramatic when I tried to write […]

Waste of Human Potential

  In addition to the cooking lessons at Ballymaloe, we learned about the business of food.  Blathnaid Bergin of http://www.therestaurantadvisor.ie. emphasized the point made by M. E. Gerber in The E-Myth, that though the system runs the business, people run systems.  I am veering off the cooking side of my blog today to address what […]

You Say Foment, I Say Ferment

Foment Definition: Instigate or stir up. Synonyms—incite, provoke, instigate. Ferment Definition: 1. undergo fermentation 2. Incite or stir up (as in trouble). Sound pretty similar don’t they? Ever since returning home from Ballymaloe, I have been drawn to all things fermented. I’ve been reading The Fermented Man, by Derek Dellinger http://www.thefermentedman.com/ while I make a steady […]

Baking Bad

My apologies for going off the grid. Sometimes life veers off best-laid plans and takes one in a different direction. September has been such a time. In fact, the last six months have been such a time. For a self-described homebody, I’ve spent more time away from home during the last six months than at […]

You Can Make Your Cake (or Brownie) and Eat it Too.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I worry about the amount of sugar we consume through what homemade dessert recipes require and through “hidden sugars” in processed foods.  However, I also want my dessert to taste like dessert.  My personal litmus test is my youngest child the aforementioned pickiest eater also from my […]

You Can Take the Girl out of Ballymaloe…

I’m still integrating my Ballymaloe experience while also trying to figure out what my particular spin on cooking, holistic cooking, and mental health will be.  I’ve been home just over three weeks. Since my return I’ve either had a house full of people or have been traveling.  I have been cooking up a storm and […]