Shindy’s 2022 Container Garden: SPRING!

Ah! The planting season kinda snuck up on us in Brooklyn, New York City this year. I was itching to begin planting in April but the cool weather was persisting with temperatures consistently below the 50o mark. However as of today, June 9, a lot has happened and it’s just so much fun to chronicle….

2021 Companion Planting

At my 50th birthday brunch this year, My friend Pam Godwin brought me fresh cut flowers. I LOVE fresh cut flowers. This was Pam’s first time visiting me in Brooklyn although she had been following my garden adventures on Facebook. I was thrilled to share my backyard and garden with all of my friends. During…

Tender, Juicy Baked Chicken Thighs

By popular request. I posted these chicken thighs on social media as the supporting actors in a drama starring sweet potatoes, which here in the USA are called “Japanese sweet potatoes.” Well the chicken caught the attention of a few friends and a request for a recipe resulted. Now since this is one of the…

Cooking Like My Granny

Photos of my Granny are rare. Ebony hued and diminutive with high cheekbones that show up 3 generations later in my daughter’s face, Granny is seen here hatted and bejeweled at my mother’s wedding holding her glass for a toast and smiling. This blog post is dedicated to the dear and fond memories I have…

Shindy’s 2021 Urban Container Garden

Growing a garden with food to eat is an experience that is humbling and joyful. Growing an entirely container garden on a 22 ft * 22 ft concrete patch in Brooklyn, cultivates patience and gratitude right alongside your produce. I started this blog during the early stages of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. My…

Stuffed Lasagne Noodles

I am trying to add vegetarian options to our weeknight dinners. I decided to look up an old tried and true recipe that was a regular with us years ago when the kids were quite little. I hadn’t made this dish in some time. The recipe is called Italian Veggie Rolls and is found on…

Nutty Sourdough Bread: By Diana Son

Baking sourdough bread is a 2-day process from the time you feed your starter to when you pull a loaf of beautiful bread out of your oven. I learned how to bake by following other bakers, professional and home cooks, over social media. It took me many years of trying this and that to come…

Double Take: Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Pecan Cookies

When Kiyomi was in kindergarten, I was chatting in the hallway with a parent about my absolute love for and obsession with chocolate. He casually mentioned that he was a “chocolatier” and promised to bring me a few copies of a magazine that he edited – Chocolatier: A Taste of the Good Life. Ah Michael…

Cauliflower: For all the Vegetarians I’ve Loved Before…

Cauliflower is one of those humble vegetables that is easily overlooked. I urge you not to. Especially for my Guyanese and Caribbean friends who did not grow up eating this vegetable – try these recipes and you will be sold. I promise. Cauliflower is very sensitive to temperature and prefers cool (not cold) climates. It…

Cheese Scones: Versatile, Savory, Yum!

SAVORY SCONES IN THE “LAB” I have so much fun experimenting with cheese scones…. AND I’M NOT DONE YET! Before I came to America, I thought the word “scone” was synonymous with cheese scones. The only type of scones my mom baked were cheese scones. I did not even think you had to specify “cheese”….