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Cured Egg Yolks

Cured Egg Yolks : preserving food, vintage way. Since ancient times, simple food was cured for delicacies to prepare once the ingredients were expensive or out of season. Type of the food cured and the quantities depended on environment and the size of one’s pocket, of course. Ham, fish, bacon,… Read more »

Violet Jelly

Violet Jelly: Spring Beauty captured in a jar. Delicate and profound. Gives very special taste to everything you do with it. God bless my mother’s garden. Early Saturday morning has brought us dark clouds. In spite of it, I decided to go to the backyard and pick the flowers there,… Read more »

Pickled Mushrooms Recipe

Pickled Mushrooms Recipe : Vintage way to celebrate beautiful gifts of late summer ! One early Saturday morning, while still extremely hot but after hard rain pouring all night, I have bought three kinds of mushrooms and wanted to make Pickled Mushrooms Recipe, all three versions, separated, in one afternoon.… Read more »

Blueberry Curd

Blueberry Curd: the best investment of the season! After you make your breakfast smoothie or fruit salad, if you have a handful of blueberries left over, the best way to use them is to make a curd or Vintage Blueberry Coffee Cake . As these beautiful blueberries are known to… Read more »

Homemade Peach Jam Recipe

Homemade Peach Jam Recipe : keeper for sandwich cookies to be made for holidays ! We don’t find purple peaches at our street market that often so I decided to buy some and make the best use of them; eating them fresh is the great but posting Homemade Peach Jam… Read more »

Limoncello From Scratch

  Limoncello From Scratch : Italian Freezer Drink. Limoncello from scratch requires several phases to make but it is worth of every second ! If you cannot get Sorrento Lemons (Limone di Sorrento), Eureka Lemons are excellent as well. I started to prepare my Limoncello three weeks ago since I… Read more »

Kumquat Curd

Kumquat curd: delightful silky specialty. Everything is mini sized here. Even the puff pastry flower cups. And again, I wonder if this could be a breakfast or an afternoon snack. Since kumquat is an olive sized tangerine, I honestly cannot imagine to peel it, take the seeds away and eat… Read more »

Isabella Grape Jam

Isabella Grape Jam: Heard it through the grapevine …   I still remember the fragrance the Isabella grapes released after rain in my grandmother’s backyard. We used to play hide-and-seek there under the grand grapevine roof, all around the chairs, running among the Isabella vines and peonies. Is there any… Read more »

Caramel Apple Jam

Caramel Apple Jam: Falling into perfect combination of flavors ! Apple time, people! One of my supporting friends has arrived from the coast for a few days to pick the apples up at her countryside garden. She also takes a special care of heirloom varieties and so it happened that… Read more »

Blackberry Apple Earl Grey Jam

Blackberry Apple Earl Grey Jam: Apples and seedless blackberries jam with a hint of Earl Grey. Give me Five (o’clock tea) please ! Blackberries and apples are an excellent combination for a jam. Earl Grey Tea leaves with its’ bergamot flavor makes it definitely one of my favorite jams. Imagine… Read more »