I am an art historian, still writing my PhD, German & married to a British husband, we lived in California for a few years (and miss it quite a bit), love living back in Europe, too, travel & explore via food and cooking, rediscovering old recipes, traditions & cooking methods. Experimenting & making things myself like Bretzel, Bagels, Vin d’orange, that raised pork pie. Basically tinkering in the kitchen.
Thejameskitchen (The James’ kitchen) started a long time ago (cough, a very long time) and never got very far because when you start at Adam & Eve = programming the thing yourself, it does get a little bit tedious. So, fast forward, start, stop, hiatus, start, stop later. One day it drove me crazy again when I could not found notes on a recipe I had cooked a while ago and changed and took a another shot and here we are. So you know: I am still searching for the little spicy pickled little pear recipe that taste so good with Cheddar, the jar is almost empty. How much better is this thing? Learning by doing, a few hick-ups here and there, botched jobs & wonky grammar. Sorry about those, have a slice of cake (Meyer lemon squares? Korvapuusti?), a cocktail and relax.
It’s thejameskitchen: everything happens in the kitchen, at the kitchen table. I do not want to be super soppy here but a lot of memories are connected to kitchens. You might remember your Oma and Opa (Grandparents) cooking with your, your parents & family gatherings, friends, first experiments, important meals, parties and disasters, alluring smells & smoke alarms you chop, you stir, you mix, knead and splatter. You break china and ruin table cloths, you spill and gather, fiddle around, brew & pickle, craft & preserve & drink and chat and this is what we do in our kitchen. This way we have a record of what we did, photos, anecdotes and memories which would get lost otherwise. Have I shown you our sausage making pictures yet? No, well, maybe soon, if you are old enough.
Oh, got something to say? You can do it by email, too: Feedback, critique, requests like “When are you finally telling us about the bagels or those TKO’s you have been going on about?”, greetings, just hi or what do you look like, where to you hoard all that stuff, is you husband a saint? where can I get this – all is welcome.