Sumac & Quinoa Lavosh

 I am addicted to the magic of baking and all things sugared but when it comes to eating, I prefer salty foods.

Add crisp and crunch and I’m your valentine.

Oh Oh and a little bit of sour?  That’s it, I’m a goner!And all my highbrow la dee da dee da, ‘this place is too small’, ‘this place is too big’, doing my best impersonation of Goldilocks.  Yea well all that goes out the window.  I’ll eat anything salty, crunchy and sour.  Well almost anything.  I won’t eat the ubiquitous paprika flavoured chips they favour here or those weird puffed up concoctions that dissolve in your mouth and adhere  to every crevice in your teeth.

I’ve been struggling with my cravings here, there is no where I can get my fix.  Sometimes it get’s so bad, I shake a little Furikake (a salty Japanese condiment for sprinkling onto rice) into the palm of my hand and eat that.  Without rice or even plans to eat any time soon.

Hmm.  Have I said too much? Maybe.

Listen, that’s it - I swear! No other questionable habits in the closet. Read more of this post

Ricotta Buttermilk Pancakes with Pomegranate Molasses Roast Grapes - Anna Hansen

Gwenyth Paltrow has this quality that I can’t describe that drives me bananas!  I don’t know why?  She must be really nice, although I have to question her decision to name one of her children Apple and insist he(?) subsist on a macrobiotic diet for 2 years but her kid, her decision.  I’m only bringing her up because of the 1998 film, Sliding Doors.  Where there are two Helens, one that catches her train and stays with her obnoxious, cheating boyfriend and the other who misses her train and as a result starts a new career and meets a wonderful caring man.

A few years back I had an opportunity to work with Anna Hansen.  She was in the preliminary stages of The Modern Pantry in Clerknwell, London.  Instead, I was offered a promotion at the deli I was working at and jumped at that chance.  Anna went on to open up The Modern Pantry to rave reviews!

I always wonder how my life would have turned out had I caught the Anna train?  I really love her food- it’s my kind of food.  Full of texture, color and unexpected surprises - pleasant ones!  I used to really enjoy watching her in the kitchen, she is incredibly intuitive and laid back.  In the moments before she served up the food, I would look at the counter top and think “OMG! Where is the food??!!!”  Then seemingly out of thin air it would begin to materialize, plate after plate of gorgeous original food.  She’s a wizard that Anna! Read more of this post


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