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Mise en place Russian honey cake. See you in four hours! ... All summer long my cousin in Italy and I kept searching for a word for "the right  amount of sweet." Another cousin, the baker in the family, insisted the right amount of sweet varies between tastes, but we wanted an Italian term to translate literally, as to imply sweet is not a subjective quality, but that refined, over sugared tastes are wrong. We landed on dolce justo: the fair, or just, amount of sweet. It was the best we could do considering there's no word in English, either.

The next time I thought of it was biting into my first Russian honey cake at @ballymaloe_house in the early fall. We might have been looking at the wrong language. Perhaps the Russians have a word for it, but even if they don't, they have the cake.
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#russianhoneycake 
#ballymaloe #ballymaloehouse 
#dessert #cake 
#foodlanguage
Happy holidays, y'all. 80 cookies ÷ five nephews = 16 cookies per nephew.
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#merrychristmas
#christmas
#aunting #auntlife
#southernaunts
#sugarcookies
#homebaking
Homemade horchata is one of the million gastronomic perks of Yucatancan casual dining. No better way to put back a fresh cochinita roll for a pre-regatta breakfast of champions.
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#horchata #cochinita #breakfast
#progreso #yucatan #mexico
Cooking is a language of analogies. The Spanish for this is the English for that, the English for that is the American for this. Here is where the temptation lies, to say at the center of it all is science, but science is a language of analogy, too, and translates to the doing of the thing, the creation of taking separate parts into a new whole. I'm not sure the word for it, but here is the middle, the center place.
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#cooking
#cookingmatters
#mortarandpestle
#goatcheese #cheese
#cookinginlanzarote
#cookinlanzarote
@cookinlz
Walked the city to find this #bucketlist destination,  only to stumble upon this bucket list #book ... Christmas shop for yourself.
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#foodwriting
#mfkfisher 
#considertheoyster
#londonreviewbookshop
#london
#christmas2018
#christmasshopping 
#christmas
To a very British Thanksgiving. May we be grateful for equitable representation in a most democratic society, and the privilege of intimate bias. God save the turkey.
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#thanksgiving
#godsavethequeen
#merica
#british 
#britishpork 
#mincemeat
Behold, the mac 'n cheese hash brown. From fall to spring it gets dark in London by 4:30 p.m., and often rains. So, red wine and guessing at menu items called Mac n' cheese hash browns is weather permitting. Deep fried and what the imagination expected, the thing about them was my needing a napkin, and too late remembering napkin means diaper in South Africa---Trevor Noah can tell you about this---so what about London, headquarters of the Queen's English? Was what I needed called a serviette? The waiter knew what I meant.
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#foodtravel
#foodlanguage
#spitafieldsmarket #london
#trevornoah
#southafrica
A British friend told me the American name for courgette sounded like a circus high wire act. "Ladies and gentlemen, behold ... The Great Zucchini!" Meanwhile, auburgines are eggplants. I was disappointed, another time in South Africa, to think I'd discovered pawpaws far from home only to realize that's what they call a papaya, and of course: pawpaws are hard to find in their native North America.

Welcome London vibes, root vegetable vibes. I don't know a bit of Cockney rhyming slang, but I did walk to Broadway Market and find black carrots. They have 28 times the anthocyanin of their orange cousins, and treat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. I'm uncertain about the difference between a black and a purple carrot, or if they are one in the same. A rose is a rose by any other name, so just eat your vegetables.
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#broadwaymarket 
#hackney #london
#cockney
#blackcarrot #purplecarrot 
#pawpaw #papaya 
#eggplant #aubergine
#zucchini #courgette 
#foodasmedicine
No words.
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#mussles 
#wildatlanticway 
#westport #ireland 
#eringobragh
Food in the Medina of Fez is central to market life, and layered. For every alley that dead ended, there was a food I'd never seen. Many of my photos captured flavors and faces of everyday rituals only analogous to my own. Everything, it seemed, would require a lesson. Then sometimes the fruit guy just looked like the fruit guy, and I felt a mile less lost.
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#pricklypear 
#fez #fes #morocco 
#partsunknown
#foodtravel 
#medina 
#farmersmarket
🥜 These waferballs from a #barcelona food shop were lighter than any US equivalent would be, not too sweet, with a funny texture and a gross filmy shea butter aftertaste that made you want more than one but never more than three at a time, so it took half a week to kill a dozen. Their flavor was more peanut than peanut butter while still being a cream, if you know what I mean.

We're you expecting a more profound observation? This is #candyofinstagram not #michelin literature, but I can tell you that to recall them means to recall the guest room squeezed in a corner building of #lasramblas with a thin window overlooking a cafe that, curtains closed, would not silence the happy people below, the ones who knew each other and spent money on food out. Sweet things are like company. We can live without them, but they speak to our senses and wake us up for the moment we bring ourselves in earnest to meet them.
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#candy
#peanut #peanutbutter
#barcelona 
#waferballs
This spring, a chance #London encounter with @britishbakeoff got me fixed on classic British recipes like the Victoria sponge, and this summer in #galway duck eggs were readily available at the farmers market. Duck eggs yield a fluffier bake than chicken eggs because of their higher protien content, but I don't see them in markets of the American South. When I do see them again, I now have a 60mm personal best from my Galway bake to now beat!
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#lifegoals
#greatbritishbakeoff 
#victoriasponge 
#duckeggs
#bake #baking
#british
#galway