Week 1: Watercress, pistachio, and orange blossom salad

Judging by the sudden onslaught of diet advice everywhere, I’m not the only one who has spent the last six weeks living on caffeine, alcohol, and peppermint bark. Come January, I am tired of rich roasts, triple creme cheeses, and decadently silky pates…. even if they come accompanied by crystal flutes of bubbly champagne. No.…

The boring details; rules, intentions, etc.

The book is Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and owner of the wildly popular, highly acclaimed London restaurant that carries his name.  It is a book of vegetable-based, if not strictly vegetarian, recipes, divided in 15 sections, according to the featured vegetable. The recipes I picked for this years challenge are listed on a separate page on…

This Year’s Challenge

It’s a sad fact, but I need a project to keep myself going. Worse yet: I need an audience. I need a sense of obligation to keep me honest, to keep me attending to whatever it was I claimed I was going to do. This is not a want. It is a need. I really…