Simple Saturday cake

“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.” Janet Evanovich, American novelist Cake is not my go-to dessert. That is brownies.… Continue reading Simple Saturday cake

gardening, recipes

House-itosis simmering pot

“The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.” Neil Gaiman, British author I once had a friend who was a commercial herb grower. Her gardens were immense, of course, and filled with all sorts of interesting things. What fascinated me most about… Continue reading House-itosis simmering pot


Dandelion jelly

"Beautiful as a dandelion-blossom golden in the green grass, this life can be." Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright Dandelion jelly is one of those recipes that one should try just because one can. Lemony, honey-like, pure joy. Try this with pale breads like English muffins or a baguette. And, you can't beat… Continue reading Dandelion jelly


Barbecue Bliss Sauce

“All of the people took it up and sung it over and over until it was wrung dry, and no further innovations of tone and tempo were conceivable. Then they hushed and ate barbecue.” Zora Neale Hurston, African-American author Hunger may be the best sauce, but barbecue is pretty close. Sweet, tangy. Sometimes smoky. What's… Continue reading Barbecue Bliss Sauce