Tree Tomato Mornings in Rwanda

I’m already missing my morning tree tomato. As some of you know, I spent much of February in Uganda and Rwanda as part of an international reporting fellowship through IWMF, the fabulous group heading up this ambitious initiative. I’ll have much more to share about what we did and where we went and the people […]

The Edible Jungle

There is a place in the hills where domestic meets wild, where humans meet jungle. Where the fertile valleys between forested mountains shelter villagers who plant fruit trees and rice and kitchen gardens across the acres they tame. But the wild – the jungle – also harbors a biodiversity that has long supplied the people’s […]

Rhubarb & Rain

A summertime strawberry double whammy: berries topped with yogurt, mint and rhubarb-strawberry sauce. Here in New Mexico, we are living in exceptional times – “exceptional” being the word weather monitors use to describe some of the nation’s worst drought conditions: rivers gone dry, ditches of dust. We’ve seen some relief this past week with afternoon […]

Food Day Tunas

When we bought our house five summers ago, we planted a cactus garden in a hard patch of caliche beneath our westward facing office windows. It seemed the only thing to do. That little plot of land catches harsh afternoon sun all through the year, and that New Mexican soil won’t give an inch to […]

Cooking with Mayo

Not the creamy eggy emulsified condiment kind of Mayo, but the doctors- and nurses-in-white-uniforms kind—as in Mayo Clinic, that giant of medical care with—in its own words on its own website—physicians from every medical specialty working together, caring for patients, united in a philosophy that says “the needs of the patient come first.” Every patient […]

Home w/ Peaches & Pizza

Time exists in different dimensions when we travel. At least I feel that way. We’ve been home now for several days, but my mind remains in Lisbon. The hours we spent climbing the city’s steep hills, touring the Castle of São Jorge and eating copious plates of cod—those hours seemed to stretch into weeks in my […]

A Mango for Every Occasion

That garden I mentioned in the previous post? The one with all the mango trees? They’re not at all the same. A mango is not a mango is not a mango. In fact, there is a different mango for nearly every occasion. There are times when we want sweet, drippy juice and fruity flesh that […]

About Those Lemons….

I’m sitting on this patio, sipping my coffee, listening to a few tweeting birds and watching the morning sun creep across the flora. This is a fecund place, this California yard. As the sun climbs higher, the yard is bathed in an extraordinarily sweet scent. It’s the tree that made these lemons. Right now, its […]