Category Archives: Do It Yourself

Easy Ways to Add Herbs to Your Cooking

When I was about twelve years old, I fell in love with the idea of herbs and herb gardens. My parents indulged my interest and I grew excessive amounts of catnip and tansy, along with chives, salad burnet, parsley, thyme and a couple of the other usual suspects. I loved the idea of hanging bunches […]

Classic eggnog

Toby and I just made our eggnog for Christmas. It’s so much better if it ages for a week at least. Make it today and drink it on Christmas Eve. Actually, you could drink it a year from Christmas Eve. It’s true. Eggnog, aged for a year in a refrigerator, is absolutely delicious. You do […]

Two Tricks for Convenient Garlic

If you are under the age of 65, and really used to garlic in food, you may never have had the experience of an older relative refusing to eat something with garlic in it, as my granddad did, or hardly ever even considering using it, as my mom did. I’ll bet anything that there may […]

Crème Fraiche to Make at Home

Saturday was the perfect day for a drive. Some trees had turned, mostly maples in swamps, the air was clear, warm, but had a fall-like edge to it. Route 7 from Belfast north towards Newport has some of the loveliest vistas around, and Toby and I had a grand time heading for the Newport Cultural […]