Well, no, not really. Actually, it’s a check to see if my nifty WordPress app is crossposting to Tumblr correctly. Fingers crossed, it is. If you’re a Tumblr fan, you can find me over there at http://auntiepasto.tumblr.com. Where’ve I been? Busy. With about a bajillion things. Drainage ditch did get […]

This is a test of the emergency broadcast system —


It’s going. I do about three wheelbarrows full of rocks about four times a week. That’s about two feet at a stretch.    Definite progress from last time! I’m doing chop-and-drop with the plants that have grown it over, and using them as mulch. That hillside could use a lot […]

Clearing the Drainage Ditch, Part 2


Length of the Ditch
I spent yesterday acquiring a wheelbarrow with the help of my buddy John. Thanks, John! It’s a good thing I did. Y’see, we have this great backyard, with an enormous slope, and the nice folks who built our property installed a drainage ditch near its base. I wish I could […]

[Garden] Drainage Ditch Clearout, Part 1



Crack the egg into a small bowl.
It never fails to surprise me when someone asks me what a poached egg is. I've been eating them since I was a wee thing, and they're easy to make. Bonus: it's very simple to get the hardness exactly as you like.

[Basics] How to Poach an Egg


One of the things I learned in culinary school was a very basic thing: how to hold and use a chef’s knife. I think it’s key for anyone who wants to have fun in the kitchen to master this very simple thing. Using a larger knife makes larger jobs easier. It’s […]

Equipment and Technique: A Good Chef’s Knife


Blech! Pretty sure I picked a bunch of my eggplants too late. It’s hard to tell with these. I’ve been growing Listada de Gandia, and mine didn’t quite turn out as advertised. More white, smaller eggplants. Thought I picked them in time, but noooope. It’s pretty bad when the taste […]

Bad Eggplant



This little bit of introspection is brought to you by the fact that I’m reading an Indian slow-cooker cookbook, and feeling a little sad. I love Indian food. I really do. It’s one of my favorite cuisines, and it’s difficult for us to go out and get it, because restaurant […]

Thinking about what I cook


The more we’ve been keeping a tight focus on Mark’s blood sugar, the more I’ve found that bean recipes are both tasty and good sources of filling, slow-digesting carbs. We used to rarely eat them, but now I find myself cooking them once or twice a week and trying to […]

Chickpea and Lap Cheong Salad


African blue basil. Gorgeous flowers, bees love it to pieces. It’s fuzzy so you don’t really want to eat it raw unless you shred it finely. It’s “herbier”, for lack of a better word, than regular basil. Maybe a touch more medicinal. Been growing like crazy in my yard. This […]

Just a quick thing …



Three Ingredient Fruit Salad Serves two. 1 kiwi 1 tangelo 3 Medjool dates Peel and chop the kiwi, pit and chop the dates, peel and supreme the tangelo. Better to supreme than segment, tangelo membranes are tough and not so fun to eat. Combine all in a small bowl and […]