Olivier Salad, Little Mingling Squares

As the view of the buildings out my kitchen window. Olivier (салат Оливье, salat Olivye, pronounced ah-liv-yeh with a silent r), a traditional salad dish in Russian cuisine, which I have enjoyed on numerous occasions here in Belarus. It is most often served on New Year’s and birthdays, but anytime really. It’s so popular that markets always have theContinue reading “Olivier Salad, Little Mingling Squares”

Winged Creatures in a Garden, They Do Fly!

There is ample room in a garden for endless creative meanderings, laughter and stories and all sorts of lightheartedness that lifts our feet off the ground even without the assistance of a magic cape. Sometimes a little or a lot of nonsensical too. And now I must look up nonsensical and play “Jellicle Cats” fromContinue reading “Winged Creatures in a Garden, They Do Fly!”

Welcome, October

Hello, harvest moon. Good day, little suns and stars and smiles who gather here and light up this beautiful place and make more room. So much room. Welcome, October. I made woodland caramel apples just for you, and for my son whose birthday is later this month but I happen to celebrate it all 31Continue reading “Welcome, October”

Hello, Sunshine

The sun is out!But wait,isn’t it always? Dear little kitchen, I couldn’t resist a second serving of my spellbinding homemade wild rice soup, no forest mushrooms today but clouds parting after an entire week of overcast skies certainly counts as magic. Antique Aqua, Soft Pumpkin and Yorkshire Tan, my colors of the season (names courtesyContinue reading “Hello, Sunshine”