What's the recipe for a Haiku? I'll get to that. But in the mean time, our new kitchen. It's almost finished. There are little things to be done, like painting plaster patches and adding pulls to the cupboard doors. But other than that, all that’s left to do...

Bonjour! I'm in France on a Wilson family holiday. There are 17 of us staying in an old home in the midst of a vineyard in the Languedoc region. The area is full of craggy mountains, castles, Abbeys, windy roads, gorgeous towns and grape vines. Lots...

I'm dying to see the movie Wonder Woman. Have you seen it yet? My sisters and I watched Wonder Woman, the tv show, as kids - the crown, the invisible jet, that lasso of truth! She was, she is, just so WONDERFUL. But guess what? I've just...

Last month we said goodbye to my husband's aunt Jans. At the funeral her daughter Anneke spoke about a woman devoted to her family. An athlete - basketball, badminton, tennis, skiing. A long career with Unicef. A lover of summers at the lake. A woman who...

Typically weeds and scratchy things aren't that appealing. But last weekend at the market the Four Seasons Farm stand was selling bags of young nettles,'two for one'. I have never cooked nettles, or stinging nettles for that matter. Chances are they were the latter; five out of...

Ice Breakers Are Essential. Especially when you're in Ireland at a food and literary festival. You're there to harvest stories for your podcast, you're jet-lagged, there are hundreds of people milling around, but you don't know a soul. My old trick was to wear a jumpsuit. Everyone loves them....

Pink is having a moment. Not bubblegum pink, or hot pink spandex. I'm talking about a soft pink, the pink of an apple blossom, or a pale pink linen sofa, or slivers of pickled red onion. This tone has no boundaries. It pops up in food,...

Entropy. Its scientific definition is long and complicated. Something about a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system. Or, in domestic terms, entropy is the tendency for systems...

"I experience tremendous relief in talking about the tough stuff with other people. At the simplest level it makes me feel less alone.” -Molly Wizenberg, Episode 17 of The Food Podcast I've written about Molly before - she's a writer, creator of the James Beard award winning blog...

What do you really know about Neanderthals? That they are dimwits? That they relentlessly tried to make fires and drank from fire extinguishers in the movie Night at the Museum? That they were killed off and have nothing to do with modern human lineage? Or do Clan of...