Baked Goods, Breakfast, Main courses, Snacks, Video / 04.10.2016

I never can resist a pun - last year I paid $91 for a t-shirt because it had a vegetable pun on it. Yup, I am a sucker for a pun. But the title here, play on words though it may be, is no joke. These tarts, galettes, or whatever you want to call them, are savory and so good. I can only take a little credit, since they borrow heavily from other sources, and I encourage you to riff...

Baked Goods, Desserts / 27.09.2016

We are huge fans of The Great British Bake-Off here, and so of course it was quite upsetting to learn of the departures of most of our favorites from the show. But perhaps it was the influence of this program, with its absence of inflated drama and the genuine enthusiasm and camaraderie of the contestants that inspired me to enter a local baking competition this weekend. And, much to my surprise, I won best cookie! I can't say it was...

Cultural Notes, Desserts / 13.08.2016

  While we were in Slovakia, we had an amazing opportunity to visit the CHOCOMAZE workshop and try our hands at making some beautiful—and delicious—chocolate treats. CHOCOMAZE is based in Komárno, our sleepy home town in Slovakia. It was founded in 2013 by Katalin Vargha, and while it’s still a small business, it has already received recognition from all over Europe. CHOCOMAZE specializes in handcrafted chocolate bars and delights; and not only did we get a peek at how they do all this,...

Baked Goods / 25.07.2016

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you'll know that I tried and failed to make retes while we were in Slovakia. At the supermarket, there's a selection of different refrigerated doughs, but all seemed more like puff pastry than flaky phyllo. One did specify it is for strudel, so we bought it, but when I unwrapped it at home it was a single thick sheet. I had tasked the children with collecting sour cherries from the half-wild stand...

Breakfast, Cultural Notes / 25.06.2016

Hey! The blog has been really quiet for ages (years!), I know. But we're back in Slovakia for a few weeks, so we thought we'd share some thoughts and pictures from the old homestead. We'll try out some recipes as well. One of the first things we noticed was how much the food culture here has improved. Score! I used to tease Valerian because he always reads the supermarket circulars that come in the mail (which go straight to recycling in...