Kenya March 2018: Fluffy American Pancakes with Love

(The recipe is at the bottom.) I heard a kazoo outside my window. Then I heard a whole flock of kazoos kazooing at top volume. The sacred ibises were my roosters each morning in Eldoret, Kenya. My body took in a full breath of crisp morning air. Yellow morning light filtered through the sheer curtain … Continue reading Kenya March 2018: Fluffy American Pancakes with Love

Better than Nutella: Fresh Choco-Hazelnut Butter

Cloying is a great word. It means "disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess. For example, cloying sweetness, excessively sweet," Maybe it is its similarity to clawing that makes it so evocative, or maybe my brain has linked it to the sharp, desiccating sensation I get when I taste something so sweet, like commercial Nutella, that I want to scrape … Continue reading Better than Nutella: Fresh Choco-Hazelnut Butter

Chocolate Mug Cake for Proto-Curmudgeons and Those Who Love Them

VVVVT. VVVVT. VVVVT. I lifted my head off of the couch and opened my eyes. I had dozed off a bit after watching the Lagos episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. My phone was informing me that wife was calling. She has been away for the last couple of months in New Hampshire learning from an expert … Continue reading Chocolate Mug Cake for Proto-Curmudgeons and Those Who Love Them

Microwave Masala Chai for Two, a Few, or a Crowd

Chai, like a sunset on a warm summer evening, is best savored in an unhurried way, preferably with others. It reveals more of its beauty if you stop what you're doing and just listen to it. The zing of the ginger, the warmth of the black pepper, the perfume of the cardamom, clove, and cinnamon, and the richness of … Continue reading Microwave Masala Chai for Two, a Few, or a Crowd

How to Make Real (Crispy Crust, Chewy) Bread

Edited on 16 July 2017. I've simplified the procedure I published back in 2014. I removed some steps I found to be unnecessary. *** Baking bread is alchemy. Flour, salt, yeast, water, time, and heat combine to yield chewy, airy, crispy-crusty gold. For a long time, kneading, the deep tissue massaging of a lump of … Continue reading How to Make Real (Crispy Crust, Chewy) Bread