Monthly Archives: November 2012

Meet me at Third and Fairfax: The original Los Angeles Farmers Market

It seems to me that living in Los Angeles can often be a rather surreal experience. Driving across the city this morning took me along Wilshire Boulevard, through the heart of Beverley Hills and across the infamous Rodeo Drive, where … Continue reading

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Foraged Food: Nettle & watercress soup, and infused duck prosciutto

Having had such a wonderful time foraging for edible greens with Pascal Baudar on Friday morning, I was determined to make something special with what I had collected. As an absolute newcomer to the practice of wild food, I focused … Continue reading

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The Great Urban Outdoors: Foraging for wild greens in Los Angeles

Immediately beside the I-210, mid-way between Santa Clarita and Pasadena there is an extensive area of public land that includes the Hansen Dam Recreation and Aquatic Centre, the Lake View Terrace Recreation Centre, and the smaller Orcas Park. Between them … Continue reading

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Comfort Food: Brussels sprouts in a rich blue cheese sauce

There are many interesting ways to cook Brussels sprouts. And because they have such an intense flavour, both additional ingredients and cooking methods are often minimal. I am not alone in favouring the Brussels sprout when it is par-boiled and … Continue reading

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Fresh from Santa Monica Farmer’s Market: Brussels Sprouts

It’s possible that the Brussels sprout is the world’s most divisive vegetable, which is a truly impressive accolade for what is basically a miniature cabbage. But the reasons for its poor reputation are perhaps understandable, as their small size not … Continue reading

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California Avocados: Making biscotti

I find avocados completely irresistible. Although their skins are rough and leathery, the smooth, rich and creamy flesh of a ripe avocado is delightful – with a beautiful green colour and tantalizing nutty flavour. I always have avocados ripening in … Continue reading

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Squash Part II: My adventures continue…

My attempt to evoke and celebrate a sense of autumn amidst this glorious Californian sunshine has resulted in both an excess of squash, and a great excuse for experimentation. Captivated by my initial investigation, and in an attempt to recognise … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats: Pumpkin Cupcakes

For the past couple of days, as well as making a note in next year’s diary to buy more candy, I’ve been busy making almost 100 Halloween themed mini-cupcakes for a friend’s costume party tonight. I’ve been basing them on … Continue reading

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Lessons for Halloween: Candy is Dandy…

The people living on my street take Halloween very seriously. Preparations started at the beginning of the month, so that by yesterday the scene was set for a party. Hedges became home to vast numbers of oversized spiders and their … Continue reading

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