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How do you eat breadfruit?

I’ve been eyeing the bumpy, brain-like fruit at my local coop, Kokua Market, for some time now. I would pick one up and weigh it in my hand. I knew the Hawaiian name was ‘ulu; the English name, breadfruit. But I didn’t know much more than that. Not knowing what to make of its black spots and […]

local time: Eating in Honolulu / a recipe for spam

Before moving to Hawaii two weeks ago, I was pretty curious about the food situation. I’d heard conflicting things about the food selection and supply on these remote islands. Some said that any fresh food is expensive, with negative effects like the enduring popularity of spam (the food that gave junk email its name). Germans warned that we’d never have good […]

Goodbye for now / a bon-voyage cocktail

This is Dorothee, one of my hosts at my temporary studio share, with her amazing sparkling-wine-and-mango creation that she served for a bon voyage toast at the studio. I’m saying goodbye to Berlin and moving my studio to Honolulu for two years; my flight goes tomorrow. It has been a hard couple weeks of saying goodbye, […]

East German potato salad

Potato salad is the perfect summer food: it’s cool, it’s fresh, it goes well with sausages and watching soccer. But what goes into the potato salad? That is the question. For me, part of integrating into German culture these past eight years has meant gradually shifting my taste in potato salad from American (favoring ingredients like peas, […]

Winter Kohlrabi Salad with Garlic & Mustard Seeds

In my native California, it’s no sacrifice to eat with the seasons. At any time of year, some sort of juicy fruits and leafy greens are in season; winter means blood oranges, grapefruits, Meyer lemons. Only when I moved to New England at 18, then later to Germany, did I encounter the homelier winter produce […]

Soup season: Turkish grandma’s red lentil

Blustery gray fall weather hit Berlin with a wet thud, quite punctually as soon as September started. Hot soup is now key to fueling my studio work. I’ve been meeting my friends to eat spicy Chinese noodle soups and swap recipes for our favorite hot, one-pot meals. I typed up several this week for Jane […]

Leslie’s watermelon gazpacho

How are you keeping a cool head in these heat waves? I eat watermelon. And drink cold soup. Then I thought, why not do both at the same time? So, I melded recipes from a few favorite cookbooks and created my own spin on watermelon gazpacho. It’s been far too long since I’ve shared a recipe […]