Monday, January 27, 2014


Today is a good day for a little food porn.
Especially after doing my geeky T25 routine in the living room
and starting another batch of sprouts 

This weekend I went 'hog wild' - pun intended

I had defrosted a whole pork belly from my Old Ackley Farm pig
with full intentions of making a round of bacon
(this by the way is super easy and I would be happy to talk to anyone about trying it)
But realized that I would be traveling in the midst of the cure

So, I pulled out the Ottolenghi cookbook I bought in October,
precisely for his pork belly recipe

And, 3 hours later,
I had the most delicious,
 decadent, melt in your mouth, winter fat, 
can't stop eating, need to put this in the freezer,
pork belly I've ever had.

You just smear the meat side with a blended paste of
thyme, rosemary, garlic and olive oil
flip it over, salt the skin,
and roast it for three hours in white wine
turning the oven down each hour from 500, to 300 to 200 degrees

Some roasted sweet potato puree

Which I did by roasting the sweet potatoes whole, 
then melted a bit of butter and fresh ginger in a sauce pan,
 added a touch of cream and let it bubble to thicken and then
 mashed the sweets in with a touch of salt and pepper
and stirred until warm all the way through.

A little sautéed green cabbage and some wild blackberry jam from the fall -

Thank you Mr. Ottolenghi and Mr. Tamimi for inspiring
a seasoned chef.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy Winter!

Okay,,, I just can't give in to peer pressure...

I really do love winter!
5 degrees outside, popcorn, wood stove,
 three of my most favoritist, softest, snuggliest quilts
piled on top of me,
 books, magazines, movies...   Oh my.

..Time to quilt - what do you think about my little
hit of retro sunshine?

Serious closet purging and a bit of sweater surgery!

I cut up the middle of this cashmere cardigan and added the buttons from
a tangerine linen shirt that I never wear anymore.
A little ribbon around the cuffs and bottom, 
HAH! new sweater!

Cozy evenings with friends, fireworks in the snow, dancing the fox trot,
walks in the woods, seed catalogues, lots of cooking,

A trip to Ellsworth to discover a sexy new look at my
favorite hair salon - The Alchemist -

...I'll stop, but there is so much more.

I am happy.  And oh so grateful.

I hope you are finding things to make you smile as we
set into the heart of winter.

Let your heart sing, don't give into the peer pressure!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Brand New Day

- Allow the Possibilities
Look at your childlike self and realize
that this is a totally new day -