A Timely Visit with Vanessa Branson

“What’s your definition of wisdom?” asks Vanessa with her long legs crossed over the arm of the wicker chair in front of the Aga. She is a picture of gorgeousness in her silk robe, straight blond hair and a cup of tea in her hand. It’s a serious early morning inquiry. Something obviously on her mind.

Rotolo di Spinaci e Ricotta

This recipe comes from The River Café in London. I rediscovered it during “La Quarantina” of Covid-19. It’s comforting and easy to make if you don’t mind making your own pasta, which is something I love to do. A Tuscan recipe with spinach and fresh ricotta; it has the flair …

Becoming A Mother

Becoming a mother was my first cognizant desire. I could imagine my belly round and full. Playing house, I was always the mama, only occasionally interested in being the child. I cooked and kept my playhouse in order as if I knew exactly what to do. Mud pies from the …

Escape Adventurism

The Dades Valley spreads out supernaturally from the Tizi ‘n Tichka Pass of the Majestic High Atlas mountains onto a dry desert that pools into a riverbed oasis of a thousand Kasbahs. A long day’s journey begins with exhaustion and a chance for me to take a look at the …

Recipe: Tea Time in Morocco

Tea time is never passed up in Morocco. The tradition runs deep in the veins of its people. Vibrant mint leaves, crystals of sweet sugar, and rich green tea and joined together as the holy trinity of northern Africa. Tea time is not the time of day, but a ceremony …

Spaghetti al Limone

Ingredients: 1/4 cup of olive oil 1/2 cup of parsley 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped 1 cup of lemon juice zest of one organic lemon generous pinch of salt 1 pkg of De Cecco Spaghetti small handful of course salt reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water (to …