Last week was all about balance and I will write a longer post regarding that at the end. My hope is that I can really incorporate the different elements and make a lifestyle change that gives us a healthy meal plan based on moderation, nutrition and fun. This current phase is actually the one I … Continue reading What I learnt about grains
It's the day before America redeclares its independence. As you may be aware of by now, we are an Anglo-American family [read that literally, not as "white people"]. I am English - born and raised in England. Daddy Alsum is third generation American - with his paternal great-grandparents emigrating from Friesland, The Netherlands. Lark, Hart … Continue reading Happy 3rd of July!
I have to be honest: I was a little nervous about the flavor combination in this particular national dish. Nigeria is a land of variety compounded by a rich history and diverse culture with many kingdoms and tribal nations represented over time. It has been referred to as the "Giant of Africa" due to its … Continue reading Honoring the food of my readers: Nigerian fufu and egusi soup
After attending church service on Sunday, we went for a little drive down south. Our first stop was in Bow-Edison. This is actually two towns that are slowly merging as they expand. We drive past the Farmer's market, but it was just wrapping up because we arrived at 2pm (when it closes), and Lark and … Continue reading A little Sunday drive
This was a meal reinvented after the second world war by the big people in British cheese as a way to encourage consumption of their dairy products after rationing had ceased. Bread and cheese based meals had always been popular in the UK for long before the guises of the "Ploughman's lunch". I remember whenever … Continue reading Pacific Northwest Ploughman’s Lunch
If you are looking for a bread to accompany fish or other seafood, this recipe should hit the spot. The dill we used was picked and dried by Daddy Alsum's grandma. She does a lot of canning and graciously gave us a few jars of home-preserved herbs as a housewarming present when we bought our … Continue reading Dilly whole wheat dough
Traditionally, corn has been the crop of America. It is widely accepted that Native Americans even cultivated it long before colonization. Although cornbread is a cornerstone of Southern cooking, the fields and fields of gold Northwest corn inspired me to use it as a basis for this dough. For a long time after Hart was … Continue reading Cornbread pretzel buns