Monthly Archives: December 2014

Copper and Clay: Cooking for the Soul

It is a thing of almost unutterable beauty. The elegantly curvaceous copper pot gleams in the light, looking decidedly Old World in both shape and craftsmanship. A gift from my beloved this Christmas, the hand-hammered couscoussier is one of those rare pieces that seamlessly melds form, function and beauty. I keep walking in to the

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A Winter Solstice: A Holiday Ritual

The stockings are hung by the old stone chimney with care. A pair of tall pillar candles glow warmly upon the hand-carved hearth, and a large poinsettia in front of the fireplace (soon to be moved for this evening’s fire) adds a bit of holiday cheer to my little poet’s cottage. Even if I had

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Tea with Nigel: A Cook Who Writes

A winter storm approaches and the sea is heaving and restless. Seated in the small dining alcove of my cozy writer’s studio, I gaze out at surging waves of liquid pewter, listening to their dull roar. Some seasonal piano music plays quietly in the background, creating a holiday mood while a large red poinsettia and

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Hanging Out The Laundry

It happens every time that I hang out the laundry, I’m transported back to Europe. Yesterday I stepped outside to hang my shirts on the clothes line, feeling the cool tiles of the lanai under my bare feet and noting the squawk of feral chickens as they ran noisily for cover in the bushes. Beneath

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