This is for and about home cooks - the women all over the the world (and through the centuries) who put dinner on the table every night. They know how to cook quickly, easily, economically, healthily and satisfyingly whether for one or a dozen.

Part memoir, part diary of shopping, cooking, reading and thinking about putting supper on the table, by a former fashion/design writer/consultant whose secret love has always been food.  


Brooding Skies; Amazing Cakes!


Ah ha! This is how you use those beautiful mini cake stands that have been all over the big international home trade fairs.

Barely 6 inches across, this little glass dish presented a selection of delicious tiny cakes and cookies at the end of the meal at QB Duepuntozero restaurant on the waterfront on Lake Garda in Salo. Lombardy.

Piedmonte almond cake with zabaglione sauce

Piedmonte almond cake with zabaglione sauce

Just before, we had this delicate Piedmontese almond cake served on a pool of zabaglione - a traditional cake I had never before tasted, despite years of almost commuting to Milan in my old fashion life. We wandered into this tiny, elegant little restaurant without any forethought - we were hungry, it looked nice - and were superbly rewarded. 

turmeric bread sticks at Esplanade in Desenzano del Garda

turmeric bread sticks at Esplanade in Desenzano del Garda

The next day an even more amazing discovery: turmeric breadsticks among the offering at Esplanade in Desenzano del Garda. Plus a tasting tray of tiny cakes, miniature cups of  sweets - zabaglione ice cream, amaretti cream, creme brule, pureed berries.


Breakfast at Hotel Bella Riva Gardone Riviera brought breakfast cakes; the most spectacular Torta di Nocci (among many, many wonderful Torta di Nocci recipes in Italy) with almonds, walnuts and pistachios in the mix

and a crumbly, very traditional northern Italian almond cake

Meanwhile, the skies above thundered and glowered (and sometimes rained)

with sometimes spectacular sunsets

Eat Lombardy!

Helen's Indian Chicken in Green Sauce