Archive for November, 2011

By Nadia Arumugam |

Grow Your Own Natural Yeast Starter: The First Step to Perfect Sourdough Bread

When I was at culinary school some years ago, a core part of the curriculum was bread-making. I remember my final exam involved preparing a three-course meal which included made-from-scratch ravioli, puff pastry, and  bread, all within the space of about 5 hours, and then there was all the other dishes we had to make. [Read more]

By Charity Shumway |

More Plant Presents! Terrariums

(image via Garden Atlanta) I have come up with the perfect Christmas gift for my husband. (Dear Greg, stop reading this blog post RIGHT NOW). Okay, everyone else, let’s proceed. As I was saying, the perfect gift: A terrarium. Mostly, it’s perfect because I want a terrarium, and we live together, and you can do [Read more]

By Charity Shumway |

The Perfect Hostess Gift: Paperwhites

(image via knitsteel) Long before crocuses emerge from the snow in spring, eons before daffodils show even the slightest signs of life, there’s a magical, marvelous bulb that’s ready to bloom. The paperwhite.┬áNarcissus tazetta. Pretty and little and white, they add such a bright spot of happiness to any windowsill this time of year.┬áPlant them [Read more]

By Nadia Arumugam |

Thanksgiving Table Centerpieces Using Mini Pumpkins, Gourds and Cranberries

I can’t say that I haven’t been just the slightest bit obsessed with Thanksgiving this year. It’s our first year of hosting the festive occasion to kickstart all other festive events, and well, I’m quite excited about the prospect. As a transplant from the U.K., Thanksgiving has always held a certain mysticism for me. The [Read more]