This stuff is special-chewy with deep flavor and a dark crust. – Vivian Howard, “Deep Run Roots”, Sweet Potato Onion Bread, p321
When I think of a sweet potato, I think of an elongated root with rose skin and orange, mildly sweet, creamy flesh. – Vivian Howard, Sweet Potato Wisdom, Deep Run Roots
Over the spring and summer, in the kitchen as dinner was being prepared, or as we sat out on the porch to drink our morning coffee, we were entranced by our read-aloud book, Vivian Howard’s “Deep Run Roots”. It’s a huge book and takes ages to read aloud and savour the many new ideas. (continue reading )
We just finished the last of T’s Christmas shortbread. (Waahhh!! Does that mean Christmas is over? )
As always, it was great shortbread, even though it was slightly different from previous years. Amazingly, we didn’t take any photos.
But trust me, it looks exactly the same as the earlier versions:
Every year, my sister P sends us cake made from (mostly) Mum’s recipe. We keep the cake until the following Christmas, because aged cake always tastes better. (»»»)
In keeping with tradition, we like to celebrate Christmas over a number of days. None of this “one night and we’re done” for us!
Yesterday was Boxing Day and I confess that we were very lazy. Except the furry black fiend. He was very busy fishing.
Needless to say, we did not join the silly throngs of lost souls who raced to the shopping malls in search of bargains.
Instead, after a leisurely late breakfast of glorious leftovers, we went out for a stroll through the neighbourhood, remarking on how quiet and calm it was. (continue reading )