Bits and Bobs


First of all, thank you. I mean it. For your tremendously encouraging response to my emotional cookbook idea. I am still working away on the proposal and I hope to share a little bit more with you soon. And by all means, if you have any particular associations between a specific food and emotional state  – where a food, whether in the preparation of or the eating,  finds that perfect intersection between mood and appetite – do tell! I’d love to hear them.

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying:

  • the luxury of flowers in March (it feels wrong almost, like having chocolate cake for breakfast)
  • riding the train, which is something I’m already anticipating missing
  • my new favourite bakery in the world
  • forced rhubarb (recipe to come soon: Rhubarb Eton Mess)
  • watching youtube videos of talking and dancing parrots in the name of “research”
  • QI – my new favourite show. Stephen Fry is the best

What are you enjoying?



  1. You have rhubarb. I am jealous. Me? I’ve been enjoying fresh squeezed grapefruit + orange juice, magnolia, and an entertaining book that is quite unlike what I typically read, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Good fun, all of it.

    • Danielle says:

      A delightful combination if I don’t say so myself! Magnolias are in bloom here too – my favourite spring flower I think. And grapefruit + orange – brilliant.

  2. and The Royal William Bakery looks fantastic!

  3. Look forward to the rhubarb recipe. I’ve been cutting Forsythia to bring in, and baking to keep warm!

    • Danielle says:

      Baking is probably the most enjoyable way of keeping warm, in my opinion. Forsythia is always so cheery this time of year.

  4. Good Morning! Soup is the first food I think for foods & moods. The preparation of it, the sharing, the eating and then having the leftovers in the fridge to enjoy again….all week….for me is the ultimate in food comfort. Soup is that simple meal with bread, cheese, and salad or the ultimate snack!!! The variations are endless and the ingredient list is not overwhelming. Oh, I almost forgot the aroma in the kitchen when cooking….yum, yum:) I am now going to most certainly make some today!!!

    • Danielle says:

      Thank you, Amy! I was so inspired about soup after reading your comment that I went and made some for dinner! Yes, it is such a comforting ritual, isn’t it? I think there will be a chapter in my book called “An Ode to Stew”.

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