My Inbox: Fumiko

This supernatural-looking bird is from Fumiko in Japan!

Radishes and salt

So simple and beautiful — radishes and salt. Sometimes I chop some up while I’m cooking dinner, or save them as an accompaniment.  


I love ratatouille. One thing I sometimes add to this — bell pepper. My recipe is scrawled on a piece of paper from a FaceBook message from a friend. I change it up… Continue reading

My Inbox: some flowers and birds from Marie, Linda, and Ina!

A few etegami I have receive over the last month or so — I have been derelict in posting! The above is from Marie in France. She translates the words as “Happiness is… Continue reading

Pesto Crack!

I love this recipe from Closet Cooking. It is like crack. If crack were good for you. I have turned numerous people on to this insanely good recipe. One of my colleagues threatened… Continue reading

The cuke

A delicious tipple for the summer, TheKitchn — I usually halve the recipe as this makes 6 drinks. Next time I have a party though, I’ll double it. Two key changes to the… Continue reading


This REALLY is a great tzatziki recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen. I have made it over and over again. There are some recipes with less steps (say, that skip salting the cucumbers) — they… Continue reading

Roasted Raab

My cousin owns and runs a farm in Washington state, Red Dog Farms. In a recent email newsletter she writes about raab, otherwise known as rabe, or rapini. She explains that a raab… Continue reading

I can get drunk on things like the gerbera daisy

The last few weeks I’ve been trying just plain pencil and ink drawing, using Keys to Drawing, by Bert Dodson as a guide. One of the first tasks is to draw your hand — draw… Continue reading

My Inbox: Flowers and Bamboo Shoots from Hideko

A wonderful takenoko, or bamboo shoot, which are in season right now. The words read, “Live as honestly as you can.” I will take those words to heart. And also try to find… Continue reading