Seville Orange Marmalade with Whiskey and Brown Sugar

Last year, a dear friend of ours returned from a trip to Australia and gave us a fabulous jar of whisky marmalade as a gift.  This is a perfect gift for me, because I LOVE marmalade, but it’s also risky.  I am a woman who has some very strong opinions about marmalade.  Luckily, the whisky…

The Saga of my Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

I decided to make a gluten-free starter this summer.  I was compelled to do this because I was determined to make a gluten-free version of my the dark sourdough rye bread that my grandmother used to make (Leib in Estonian).  More on that later. It took a couple of months and a bunch of trial…

Tuna-Dill Tomato Sauce

I’m really happy with this sauce. I have consumed immense quantities of tomato sauce in my life but it’s not something that I’ve ever gotten into making. That just means I have opinions about the subject and know what the good stuff looks like when I see it. Cockiness aside, this is a really flexible…

Home-made cheap thrill sauce- Ajvar (or Ljutenica)

Ajvar (or Ljutenica) is one of my favourite store-bought condiments.  It is a relish made from sweet red peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  Some brands are spicy and some are not.  It is a beautiful bright orange-red color.  It makes simple, cheap food taste thrillingly gourmet and it is astonishingly inexpensive, which is why I always refer…

Crab Apples Pickled in Sherry Vinegar and Five Spice Powder

My Estonian grandmother planted a fruit tree for each of her grandchildren when they were born.  Mine was the crab apple tree.  When I was about seven years old, I asked my grandmother why my tree was the one with fruit that was so hard and sour.  She told me that the crab apple tree…

For the Love of Sourness- Rhubarb Chutney

My maternal grandparents lived in a white farm house with a red roof and a veranda that wrapped around two sides.    I  have a lot of affectionate for the trees and plants that grew directly around that house.  These were the plants that my grandma and great grandma has chosen to encircle the house….a…

Red, Yellow and Green Thai Curry Pastes

For many years, I made very large quantities of  green, yellow and red Thai curry paste at Christmas time to give as gifts (and also to stock my freezer).  A few years ago my friend Kerthy helped me roast and grind all of the ingredients and half way through the process we could barely speak or…