What a pot of stock can lead to – Chicken and Bean Crostini

If there is one thing of which you can say “One things leads to another” it is stock; whether you make a chicken, beef or mixed stock, it always leads to several dishes. Yesterday I had made a pot chicken stock for…

A Flaky Flat bread –  Dhakai Bakharkahni

Bread baking moves in mysterious ways, apart from the miracle of a rising dough, there are also the mystery of what makes a bread so much fun to bake, it could be any reason really, from interesting technique to all the…

A Potato and Tomato Soup, a gift from my mother-in-law

Sophia, Simi (who will be posting on Monday) and I are doing soups this month. Sometimes I think the world is divided into soup lovers and soup haters and a grey mass in between. I’m definitely a soup lover and…

At last – the Bread Baking Buddy Roundup!

It wasn’t my intention to be this late with the Buddy roundup but sometimes working as a freelance creates this kind of situations, a cluster of work that puts everything else on hold. But this week I have a few…

About Bread

Yet again I meet up with Sophia and Simi, this time it is all about bread and what it means to us. Unfortunately I’m in the middle of a job and have very little time at home when I can…

A historical bread – Robert May’s French Bread from 1660.

This month I had the pleasure to decide what the Bread Baking Babes was going to bake, something that isn’t always easy unless you have a specific bread in mind. Which I hadn’t but I decided to go for a…

On Food, Being an Expat and Rice Pudding

Being an expat changes how you look at food, when you move to a new country you are introduced to new food, ingredients and dishes, a different food culture that influences how you cook, shop and cook. And then there…

Polenta Bread

I have had some problems with focusing lately, my mind has been sprouting in every possible direction and never in the same and this has obviously had effects on my daily life which is the reason to why I post…

Kindness and Roasted Peppers With Goat’s Cheese on Herby Couscous

One of the reasons to why I like living where I live, i.e. in the Pistoia part of Tuscany, is that people are kind there. We started out in Florence and although the people I met were nice, I cannot…

Back to the roots – Panmarino bread

Yesterday I arrived in Sweden but before that, I baked this month’s Bread Baking Babes bread that Cathy from Bread Experience has chosen for us. I met Cathy on my and Jamie’s Plated Stories workshop in May where she was a participant and…

Purposeless walking and Honey Roasted Rhubarb and Peaches.

As much as my daily dog walks annoy me because they are a must-do, I realize how important they are from a more mental point of view; some time ago I tweeted this link about walking where the virtues of purposeless walking…

Look around and see what happens – Pepper and Smoked Pancetta Crostini

   My way of cooking is very much based on ‘Look around and see what you have’ concept, I open the fridge, I look in my larder drawers and then I usually come up with something. I do have some staples that…

Wild Rice and Onion Bread, well almost!

This bread made me think of a bread my father used to make and if he had been alive and active today, I’m sure he would have baked this one too, it is right up his street! He did a lot…

A New Plated Stories Food photography and Food Writing Workshop and Farinata with Pancetta

I would like to thank you all for your comments on my last post, you are an encouraging bunch but it doesn’t seem to help does it? I have had this recipe in draft for ages but I forget it all…

Do me a favour….

There is a reason to why I am so silent here, right now it seems to me that I only post the breads I bake with the Bread Baking Babes or shamelessly talk about achievements, like winning the IACP Media…

Finally a winner! And James Beard’s Water-proofed Bread

 Yes, finally a winner! Last night, reclining on my usual sofa, I followed the IACP Award ceremony on all social media I could find while chatting with Jamie via iMessage, I was obviously hoping that Plated Stories would win but…

A little bit of Pisa.

      This past weekend we went to Pisa to see friends and to show our youngest the Tower, she had been there when a small child but as she couldn’t remember a thing, I thought it would be…

Finally a finalist!

I’m so proud and happy because Plated Stories has been selected as one of three finalist in the Best Photo Based Culinary Blog category of the IACP Digital Media Awards. Last year I was a minor speaker at the IACP…

Stretch your mind – Rgaïf

   If you only knew how close I was to not baking these, if you only knew… but somehow a baking ninja  popped up its head when I was on our BBB blog, writing an apologetic post about not baking…

Pods

This time of year it isn’t that fabulous to photograph around here where I live.  It could be that I have photographed it all umpteenth times already but I lean towards it being grey, brown and boring here wintertime. Which…

Radio waves in the night – Chocolate and Matcha Tea Cake

     One night, not long ago, I was out driving in my car. It was dark and on a whim I put the car radio on medium wave and suddenly I was transported in time back to when I…

A ramble and Oven-baked Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup With Caraway Seeds

I have been thinking a lot about grief lately, about how it changes us, about the difficulty if not even the impossibility of sharing your grief with someone else, about how it suddenly can hit you unexpectedly.  One year ago…