Latkes, bullies, a dragon and a My Little Pony

Muffin tin Latkes

When Jon and I go for our Saturday morning excursions into New York to forage for coffee and bagels, we occasionally pass a local middle school. This school has a distinctive mural painted by the kids on the playground wall, and the subject of the mural changes a couple of times a year. At the moment, it spells out a strong Anti Bullying message. “Bullies are Bad,” it reminds us.

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Spiced Chocolate Christmas Cookies – and Chinese Knock Off Madonna

Freezer Cookies

When I was a 12 years and 51 weeks old, my Dad ran a conference in Australia, and took the family with him for a holiday, via Hong Kong. Being almost 13, I took this entirely in my stride. Doesn’t everyone go to Hong Kong for their 13th birthday?

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Lychee Martinis, in honor of Sneak Like A Ninja Day

Lychee Martini for sneak like a ninja day

It’s possible, I suppose, that you are not aware that today is sneak like a ninja day. Ninjas are subtle like that. They like to celebrate under the radar. But today is sneak like a ninja day, so sneaking will occur, also sushi to honor Ninjas, pizza to honor Ninja Turtles, and lychee martinis, to honor those who have suffered the consequences of throwing caution to the wind and celebrating the occasion with un-ninja-like lack of discipline.

This drink is lethal.

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Slow cooked pork ragu with pomegranate, and the possibilities of rural street dancing

Pork Shoulder Ragu with pomegranates and tagliatelle

If you live far away from your family, Skype can transform your laptop into a magical time space portal, beaming you straight into a living room where your niece can sing you the song she’s learned to be an angel in the Christmas play, and your nephew can hold his fist up to the camera, filling the screen, then peel back his fingers one by one to reveal … A Pea! A Special Lego! A Marble!

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Steaming Bishops and Unlikely Emails

Steaming Bishop Cocktail

“I was supposed to be singing a concert,” said my friend and choir colleague Theresa, “then I got an email with the header: Cancelled, due to infidelity.”

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Butternut Squash Apple Soup, Thanksgiving Balloons, Romanticism and Transience

Pumpkin Balloon

It’s become an absolute Thanksgiving tradition that the night before the parade Jon and I head to the Natural History Museum to see the giant balloons tethered down under nets, ready and waiting to fly.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies – because nothing says thank you like baked goods

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

It’s that time of year when we habitually stop and think of things that we are thankful for, then I write them on the totally awesome DIY chalk board that I made (technically supervised Jon making).

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White Cranberry Cosmopolitans – because sometimes a stiff drink can really help

White Cranberry Cosmopolitan

As Thanksgiving approaches it’s good to have a cocktail on hand to combat any seasonal stresses. My in-laws are visiting from Scotland this year, and though ordinarily I would not find this stressful, the last parental visit we had coincided with a hurricane and a black out, so I’m morbidly expecting the worst, and stocking up on vodka just in case.

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British Thanksgiving

Turkey for Thanksgiving

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Americans eat mashed sweet potatoes covered in mini marshmallows, drizzled with maple syrup, then broilled / grilled to a molten goo. This is amazing.

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Maple Bourbon Cider, and the things people say at parties that kill the room stone dead.

Maple Bourbon Cider

You know the set up – a party, lots of chat, lots of noise. And suddenly somebody says something that synchs up with an infinitesimal lull, and a sentence slices through the atmosphere like a hot knife through butter.

“Then I woke up and there was a penguin in my bathroom!”

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