January 29, 2017

Vegetarian Chili

vegetarian chili

We're in the depths of winter and I'm constantly craving for soups and stews. Chili falls into that latter category - warm, hearty and tasty.

pantry items

There is a lot of debate about what makes a chili. Some frown upon beans in their chili, though I can't imagine the dish without it. In fact, I fall into the opposite group and say chili is delicious even without the beef.

diced vegetables

December 31, 2016

Farewell 2016

2016 batch of homemade preserves

This has been a roller coaster kind of year, filled with highs and lows. Hopefully next year will have more of the former than the latter.

See y'all then.

November 30, 2016

Tuscany

florence sunset

I spent just under two glorious weeks in Tuscany, basing myself in Florence to explore the region.

santa maria del fiorebridges over water
ponte vecchio
palazzo pitti cielingchurch candles

Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, which is not surprising, as there were gorgeous art and architecture everywhere I looked.

view in san gimignanotuscany countryside
san gimignano
sienaflorence from fiesole

Tuscany is even more beautiful in person; pictures don't do it justice. One day was spent biking in the countryside. Pro tip: unless you are a road cyclist, rent a vespa or car to get around. I'm in pretty decent shape but biking was painfully difficult, as the countryside was mainly made up of hills.

biking down lucca lanesrainy night

October 31, 2016

Sneak Peak: Tuscany

san gimignano

I went to Tuscany and ate my weight in food. I wish I was exaggerating but everything was delicious and there was no stopping myself. More details and photos to come!

September 28, 2016

Plum Torte

plum torte

I've had my eye on this classic plum torte recipe, which has been around for years. It was first published in The New York Times in 1983 and is one of the most requested recipe of all time. It's not hard to see why, as it is simple and versatile. Coincidentally, the NYT ran an article on the recipe just before I was going to make it.

purple plums in the sun halved pitted plums

I had my doubts when I first made the batter, as it seemed too thick and insufficient, but it rises beautiful around the plums. The plums become juicy and jammy, both sweet and tart at once.

plums on batter