The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

“When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for […]


How did a country where people were generally satisfied with instant coffee become a nation of people who order things like 185 degree, non-fat, no whip, double caramel venti macchiato with an extra shot of vanilla? How did a specialty […]

Books about Food

I read a lot of books about food.  I love them.  Here’s some of the ones I’ve read this year that are set outside of the United States. Nonfiction Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by […]

Life From Scratch

  Sasha Martin’s life hasn’t been easy.  She grew up with her brother and mother in poverty in Boston.  Her mother had given custody of three older children to her ex-husband and would not tell her two youngest children who […]

Bento Box in the Heartland

Linda Furiya grew up in rural Indiana, far away from the traditional Japanese culture that her parents tried hard to emulate.  She didn’t understand why her lunches were different than other kids’.  She was embarrassed to hear her parents trying […]

Eating in England

The main reason that the husband didn’t want to go to England with me is because he declared that there was no food in England. That surprised me because I haven’t heard of their famine, the poor souls. He likes […]

Plain Vanilla?

Vanilla is my favorite scent.  I choose it for candles and air fresheners and perfumes and body washes.  I love vanilla flavored food and drinks.  My mother used to laugh at me because I’d go to ice cream parlors and […]

What I didn’t eat

So I lost all my nutrition points as expected because dinner was pizza and salad.  I considered eating just salad until they dumped a bunch of cheese on it making it illegal too. But, you should see what I didn’t […]

Taste Testing

I’ve been taking an online Chinese food therapy course.  I’m most of the way through the lectures so I decided to start making some of the foods and testing them out on my pets. First up – asparagus: I kept […]

What I Learned Vegan Mofo Week 1

I’ve been working diligently to keep up with the blog feed I subscribed to for Vegan Month of Food. I’ve learned a few things. From Veggie Converter I learned about putting veggie scraps (the ones I’m too lazy to carry […]

Iron Chef Heather

The SO mentioned Saturday that we were invited to a picnic on Sunday. On Sunday as he was running around between acting in a play and tearing down the set. He stopped home to change his clothes. As he was […]

Food Favors

I crawled into bed last night after the SO had already gone to sleep. He woke up and rolled over and cuddled up to me. Then he said ever so sweetly, “Can I ask you for a favor?” Yeah, so […]

More food torture

Another weekend, another chance to torture small children with vegetables. This weekend’s secret weapon for making eating better fun was fondue. The first course was cheese. Z hates cheese. We had bread, apples, and cauliflower to dip. She ate some […]


Since I’ve been home I’ve been catching up on shows I missed. One of them was Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. After watching Z eat french fries all week I was ready to fight to get her to eat some decent […]

Food journal

I have a coworker who is doing a YMCA fitness challenge and needs to keep a food journal. After reviewing her journal for the first week her trainer told her that she needs to eat more veggies. She wasn’t sure […]


I think part of the reason I’m not losing weight is that I’m being lazy with my cooking. I’m eating way too many carbs because they are fast and easy. I’ve written before about my love affair with soup. Soup […]