Four Weird and Delicious Pestos

I know this is weird, but I don’t make basil pesto.  I make pesto for three reasons. 1.  I have some sad bunch of green something that I did not use in a timely fashion, but cannot stand to throw away, so I make it into pesto.   The truth is, I do not buy…

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…