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They say it takes a village to raise a child…

They say it takes a village to raise a child…

I say it takes a city to make a BLT from scratch… Earlier this summer, I read about Michael Ruhlman’s challenge to make our own bacon, bread and mayonnaise and grow tomatoes and greens to make a BLT from scratch. We started out just thinking about it: We planted a tomato plant: Bought a pork […]

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BLTeaser….

BLTeaser….

After the bacon and the first pancetta (and tomatoes!)….. We proudly present… Check back in Sunday to see how we get on with our BLT from scratch meal (for 20 -  yikes!!!!)

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Scrap metal

Scrap metal

So those spoons from yesterday – where DO they come from??? Well after visiting the Plain of Jars, we headed out of the tourist zone to a small village where our local guide wanted to show us what the Lao people have done with all the scrap metal left from the bombs dropped on Laos […]

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If a picture is worth a thousand words…

If a picture is worth a thousand words…

what’s the story behind these spoons??? As you probably worked out, Neil and I like nice cutlery… So when we saw these gorgeous spoons in Laos, we couldn’t resist. Sure, they’re not perfect but I think they are stunning in their simplicity (and they are very photogenic!!!). So what’s so special about them? Where do […]

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Adventures in bread baking

Adventures in bread baking

(or why I am clearly not a baker!) So it all started out when I decided that the BLT from scratch challenge was something Neil and I would participate in. I was completely convinced that this would be do-able. And, for the most part (the parts that we have a say in, so nothing to […]

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