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Category Archives: Cooking

Kimchi recipe


After making kimchi (or kimchee if you prefer) as a group with our Fairytale Farm interns, I got asked by one of them for the recipe. As is my standard mode, I want to release my recipes as free content, so I’m writing it up here first, then will link it out to All The […]

Return of Fairytale Fridays and Sauerkraut Classes


This summer we have restarted the salon-style events here at Fairytale Farm – Fairytale Fridays. We’re also offering an array of classes every Saturday morning. Every Friday we’re holding a community-space event, free to attend. We’re drawing in musicians to play for us, giving garden tours peppered with urban farm wisdom, something artsy/craftsy and fun […]

Mexican-style mocha – the Mexicano


This recipe builds on the cardamom coffee recipe I wrote about, not only instructions but also in how I came to discover the drink in the first place. As with much of my cooking, I go with inspiration based on experience and love of ingredients and preparation styles. I invent many dishes this way, but […]

Elderflower lemonade (cocktail)


My wife is a big fan of a St. Germaine and champagne cocktail. Recipes vary, ours is (dry) champagne, St. Germaine’s elderflower liquer, lemon (I’ve seen some use limoncello, but ick, give me real lemon anytime), and a lemon twist. Our local favorite cocktail houses serve it in a flute or wide (martini) cocktail glass. […]

Cardamom coffee


(If you like this recipe, try out the next evolution, the Mexicano, a Mexican-style mocha.) When I first read about the idea of putting cardamom in coffee, I was intrigued. I’ve always appreciated the effects of fresh, green cardamom pods in cooking, and the idea of an old Arabic tradition for welcoming a guest with […]

Coffee brewing


Look, there are a million ways to brew a cup of coffee. (If not a literal million, it often feels like it.) This tip is for when you are doing any kind of brewing where you manually add hot water to the grinds, such as for pouring through a paper filter. It gives the grounds […]

Homemade barbecue sauce


  I asked my wife if she wanted a classic red tomato sweet-tangy sauce for barbecue, and of course the answer was yes. Sure, a Hoisin sauce-style would go well, too, but some things just scream “BBQ SAUCE!” Rather than having a secret family recipe, I prefer to create one from scratch each time and […]