Monthly Archives: March 2013

Simple Provisions

Summer Pasta From The Pantry

The key to simple, quick and delicious meals is a well-stocked pantry. If you’ve got the basics of a meal already in the cupboard, you can spend less time running up and down the supermarket aisles and more time picking the best of the fresh ingredients on offer.

Many of my favourite cookbooks start with a chapter on what to store in the larder. Mark Bittman advises that “cooking at home becomes exponentially easier, faster, and more spontaneous when you have basic foods at arm’s reach.”

However there’s a fine balance between stocking up on essentials and hoarding little bits in bags. I try to keep my pantry stocked with my most used ingredients, though a jar of exotic spice or a specialist Asian sauce has been known to sneak in.

Nigel Slater has a cramped London kitchen (I empathise) and notes that “cupboard space is at a premium. My…

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This spring vegetable is awesome as a side dish, many many ways to prepare them.What kind of side dishes do you prefer? Do you like them?

I found a link full of asparagus recipes,they all look amazing.


Let’s Have a Picnic!

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Spring seems to have sprung early for us in LA. The days are getting longer, the air is warmer and blossoms are in full bloom all over the city. Sounds like it’s time for a picnic, don’t you think? It’s one of my favorite weekend activities – laying out on a blanket, eating yummy foods in the open air, snoozing under a shady tree, playing bocce ball and horseshoes in your bare feet….what could be better? And there’s nothing more deserving of a picnic in the park than 75 degrees on a Sunday afternoon, so yesterday our friends Ashley and Theo (and baby Eloise) joined us for a sunset picnic at Lake Balboa Park. It was the perfect way to end the unbelievably gorgeous weekend were given. I made some of my favorite picnic foods which I’ll be sharing here with you all week, so stay tuned. Here’s what…

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