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Chicken and sausage soup

Chicken and Sausage Soup

The cliché is accurate: it’s always summer here. Oh, I know, people here will tell you it’s “freezing” when it’s 50°F outside, and it does get cloudy (ish) and chilly (a little) in January and February, but it takes a real act of deliberate self-deception to buy into the idea that it’s winter. So screw it, […]

An old photo of the Atomium with a cauliflower photoshopped over it

The Atomium and Freedom of Panorama

The Atomium is Belgium’s most famous set of balls. Built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, this odd structure was never intended to be permanent but it has since joined the Wiener Riesenrad and the Eiffel Tower in an exclusive group of European landmarks leftover from temporary exhibitions. The building’s creator, André Waterkeyn, designed the building to represent […]

soft boiled egg breakfast

In Praise of the Soft-Boiled Egg

A soft-boiled egg in a ceramic cup, served with a dainty spoon to eat it with, was part of my childhood. My brothers and I would knock the tops of our eggs off with our tiny spoons, eat the bit of white out of the shell we’d removed and then dig in, sprinkling salt into […]


Online Recipes: How do you know they’ll work?

Like most cooks, I’ve smudged a greasy finger across my iPad screen more than a few times, and I’ve probably exposed my computer keyboard to more moisture and kitchen spooge than it was designed to handle. Cooking without the internet to help me with tasks like conversions and substitutions, and to dispense general advice, seems […]