Tangier Lentil Soup

September 18, 2016

Tangier Lentil Soup by Coryanne Ettiene

When the weather cools I find myself stocking the pantry with grains and pulses, hoarding for the cold days that are hiding behind those autumn nights and longing for a steaming hot bowl of Tangier Lentil Soup. Admittedly, the first time I ever had a bowl of lentil soup, it was well over a 100F on a blindingly hot day in Syria nearly 20 years ago.  Nothing had ever tasted so comforting. It was like I was being hugged from the inside with each spoonful, every sip was a whirlwind of creamy nutty spice that lingered and whispered to take . . .Read More

Pectin Free Peach Jam

September 6, 2016

Pectin Free Peach Jam by Coryanne Ettine

I’ve never been one to make jam. Compote, yes. Jam no.  For no other reason than I thought it was complicated and I needed to invest in jamming equipment.  But then I started reading about how jam was made long before Pectin arrived on the preserving scene, and my summer kitchen changed for ever.  I can now say that I make jam.  Just typing the makes me feel official and like I have been handed a membership to those talented folks who line the farmers markets every summer selling homemade jam in delicate jars.  And with those final days of summer . . .Read More

Spiced Cherry Crumble

August 19, 2016

Simple Cherry Crumble By Coryanne Ettiene

I’m a guilty baker.  Guilty because I never seem to have enough time to bake all the pies I want, which is why this summer was vacant of pies resting on the window seal, and rather bursting with crumbles cooling on the oven-top.  Crumble is just so easy and when cherries are prolific, I can’t help but make a Spiced Cherry Crumble; especially as the first signs of Autumn start appearing with every sun dried leaf that falls in a wind that is blended with afternoon sun and whispers of air that hints to a cooler season approaching.  Spiced cherry . . .Read More

Education is the cornerstone of success

August 10, 2016

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a culinary arts school about non traditional culinary careers. It was the first time I had ever stepped foot into a culinary college and I was nervous about my lack of culinary training. Despite building a career as a food writer, my only culinary training had come from my kitchen, and from the chefs I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years. And whilst I walked into that classroom nervous, I walked out motivated by the students in the room and their passion for building a career in . . .Read More

DIY Kitchen Open Shelving

July 30, 2016

#EttieneCottage Kitchen Open Shelving by Coryanne Ettiene

If there is one truth about my kitchen life it is that if a kitchen cupboard has a door on it, I will leave it open.  Evidence of which is scattered across the foreheads of my family who find themselves in the path of my open door policy.  As a family kitchen, I want everything within arms reach, easy for me to get to while I’m cooking and close enough to reach when I am cleaning up.  Doors just get in the way and slow me down.  Of course, I could close them, but why when I have the option . . .Read More

How to grow basil

July 21, 2016

How to grow basil by Coryanne Ettiene

Learning how to grow basil, even the basics, will ensure that you are not starting your herb garden over again mid point through the summer.  I know because for the last few years, my basil has either been a masterpiece of gardening genius, or a disaster.  I’ve planted it in pots, in the shade, in the sun, outdoors, indoors and even trimmed it nearly as much as I clean my kitchen sink — some years I think I have it, others I’m humbled by how much I don’t know. So this year I deiced to study up and learn how to . . .Read More

Breakfast Board Inspiration

July 13, 2016

Westminster Cheese Board by Coryanne Ettiene

If you are serving breakfast in a bowl, you are so last year darlings.  The new craze is to build a breakfast board:   think cheese board for your morning coffee and you can see why it has become so popular.  The breakfast board is everything I love about nibbling with the added bonus of being exactly what you need when you don’t really feel like cooking but everyone is hungry at 8am. They remind me of my days spent in the Netherlands where breakfast boards were just called breakfast.  You took a little bit of sweet, a little bit of . . .Read More

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

July 7, 2016

Strawberry Mint Lemonade by Coryanne Ettiene

A Strawberry Mint Lemonade is the sort of thing you whip up when you open the fridge on a thirsty afternoon to make a Strawberry Daiquiri only to discover that you don’t have any limes, but instead a huge bowl of lemons and an overgrown mint bush. So, as they say….When life hands you lemons, make a Strawberry Mint Lemonade.  This happy accident really was a mission of a little bit of that, oh I have so much of this, oh wait, I don’t have that… stir, sip and smile. I always wait until mid summer to start plucking strawberries from . . .Read More

Saltine S’more

July 1, 2016

Saltine Smore by Coryanne Ettiene

I call this the Angie because in all fairness, it was my friend Angie who introduced me to this marvelously, practically S’morgasmic recipe for the Saltine S’more.  I’ve never been that keen on the sweetness of the traditional s’more but this combination of salty and sweet, bitter and tangy is what campfire dreams are made of.  Dear Angie, thank you. Earlier this week Food and Wine asked to feature my recipe for the Saltine S’more and I was both shocked and delighted at the prospect. It had been at least 4 years since I wrote the recipe for Celebrations and I . . .Read More

Cherry Pit Syrup

June 27, 2016

Cheery Pit Syrup by Coryanne Ettiene

It is that time of year again when we are all racing to the shops to buy fresh cherries, and then pitting them just as quickly as we can to whip up something quintessentially summer.  For most of us, the pits get tossed aside, but oh, how you are missing out if you don’t embrace every last drop of those heavily summer cherries.  Rather than tossing them aside, whip up a batch of Cherry Pit Syrup for an added bonus to those hot summer days. Like a simple syrup, Cherry Pit Syrup is just that…  a syrup made from the . . .Read More

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