The first tree that meets your eye when you enter our garden is a huge thirty foot high silver oak tree. We call it our first guardian tree because it nurtures us with shade throughout the year and its staggering presence makes us feel safe, protected. It’s the tree that greets visitors with it’s evergreen grandeur […]
It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen after being on the road, teaching workshops and shooting on location lately. When we were in the kitchen the other night preparing dinner, we both looked at one another with the same hungry, yet satisfied eyes. It feel so good to be back here in […]
This is an open letter of apology to all the mothers of those who work in the service industry. There is no substitute for the absence of hugs and shared holiday meals. There is no explanation which will ease your hearts of our absence, and for that we are sorry.
Hoping you weren’t expecting an original poem here. We’re not exactly poets. But have on occasion have been found to scribble random thoughts in prose, some of which had rhyme, some had reason and occasional nonsense.
We’ve been pounced with rain for well over a week now. The unforgiving rain turned our roads into raging rivers and the dark clouds shut out the sun for about 5 days straight. That’s a rarity in Southern California, to not see the sun for so long. Now we know what the rest of the […]
We just picked a basket of figs off the tree. They’re super messy and duper sweet. And they’re for Adam. The Duke. If Adam doesn’t come over and eat them all, then we’ll be making fig newtons. Homemade!
This Summer has been quite mild in Southern California and heat loving fruits are waiting for that temperature surge! The figs are slow to sweeten up and it’s probably due to the cooler days. Every morning we pay a visit to our gorgeous fig tree, hoping the squirrels didn’t beat us to any ripe fruit. […]
first tender radishes of the season The itty bitty radishes are starting to firm up and take hold in the garden. Everytime the seedlings sprout up and start to dot the vegetable plots with their delicate leaves, we know Spring is lurking around the corner. Brilliantly colored radishes not only tell us that the weather […]
Update: Visit our latest citrus joy: Kishu Mandarin Tree ! After a visit to Sorrento Italy in April of 2000, we were immediately smitten with all the wonderful lemon trees adorning the Italian coastline. All throughout Amalfi and Sorrento we saw gorgeous scenes of Sorrento lemon trees in terra cotta pots adorning house fronts, store […]
Reiko, our lovely Japanese friend, brought over a huge bag of Japanese lemons and obviously, we were thrilled to get so many precious Japanese lemon fruits!! She called them Yuzu’s, a Japanese variety of lemon/citron. But after a closer look, taste, and examination, they look more like Japanese Kabosu. Kabosu and Yuzu are both very […]
Yuzu is a Japanese citrus lemon that is valued for it’s highly aromatic rind. Because the yuzu is considered a citron, the juice is very minimal, thus often expensive. Outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles, yuzu is seldom grown or used because it’s rather rare. Used in both green […]