homemade lemon curd, lemon curd, high tea, high tea tradition, baking, desserts, homemade, scones, tarts, trifle

I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

What do you like to eat with scones? How about homemade Lemon Curd? Tea Time and Finger Food? Huh? But before I begin, you might be wondering about the title of this post. Let me explain…I love series, especially books. I love knowing that something is coming next, that I’ll be finding out what happens… [ Read More ]

exotic cask finishes, food pairing, cask influence

Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

The art of finishing whisky The wonderful thing about whisk(e)y in general, and scotch in particular, is the great variety that can be achieved by in what (and how long) the distillate is aged. I’ve already written about how the scotch industry reuses casks (See What’s old is new again for that riveting discussion). Indeed, much of… [ Read More ]

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It’s but a Trifle

Layers upon layers When I think about layers, several different images pop into my head. The scientist part of me immediately goes to sedimentary rock…layers upon layers of compressed silt and mud from ancient sea beds, trapping and fossilizing plants and animals alike. Southern California has many places where those rocks were thrust up into… [ Read More ]

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In a Jam

Making use of everything There was an old song, “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake!”…the idea being that having a tasty dessert on hand for last minute guests was a daunting challenge. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not true…with a little prep work. Yes I understand that “last… [ Read More ]

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Why do this?

New to whisky I am a new scotch whisky drinker, and I’m still learning about scotch. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a… [ Read More ]