-- November 1st, 2014 --
What a whirlwind the last three weeks has been! “Tonight at 7.30: One Family’s Life at the Table” is ever nearer reality.
Thanks to YOU
all, with five days to go, we are very nearly at 140% of our goal, which means Kickstarter has been un unbelievable success. Over 200 backers from every corner of the globe, over 500 books spoken for! Pop on over to the page
to order yours, if you have had it on that list of things to do and just haven’t gotten around to it.
We are just hours away from choosing our printer, which means that the books will appear somewhere between 8–9 weeks from now. It will be an unbelievable thrill to hold the books in our hands.
Meanwhile, look what appeared in the post here in our London home this week!
My darling niece Jane is famous for not recognising me once when she came to Red Gate Farm because I was NOT
wearing an apron! It’s a complete thrill to see this one, but I’m not going to put it on until the book has gone to the printer. I just don’t quite believe it yet.
I have learned more than I can possibly tell you, through this process. It’s been great fun hearing from people from all walks of my life: grade school right through grad school, bell-ringing, old theatre days and musical days, from former babysitters and current Lost Property volunteers. Everyone wants a copy of “Tonight at 7.30″!
Everyone has laughed with me over the story of the roasted turkey slithering to the kitchen floor during the filming of our Kickstarter video, and my loved ones have been very patient in their listening to my tales of the steep learning curve. More people than I could ever have dreamed possible have jumped on board with our project, with orders coming from as far away as Singapore, Australia and Denmark, as close to home as Chiswick and Ealing, and as homely and sweet as my childhood hometown of Indianapolis, John’s of Waterloo, and our precious New York. The most amazing thing has been the number of books ordered by people I’ve never met — virtual friends from Facebook and the blog world, friends of friends whom I feel I know because they’ve been such loyal readers and supporters. And then there are perfect strangers who have ordered the book.
I’m unrecognisable to myself in all the techy things I’ve learned to do! Who knew I could make a “screen shot”!
I sincerely hope lots of you will send me pictures of the book on your kitchen counter, spattered with olive oil and cream.
The next blog post will be about our recent adventures in Prague, where we took a few days away from the cookbook and savoured life as tourists. Until then, thank you…
-- October 7th, 2014 | --
After months and years of working towards our goal, the cookbook, our baby, is ready to become a reality.
The Kickstarter campaign has begun. Click here
For those of you who may…
-- September 14th, 2014 | --
Impossibly, we’ve been back in our London lives for two weeks. Thrown in at the deep end, it’s been about unpacking, first, with the help of our kitties. They missed…
-- August 30th, 2014 | --
It’s always so hard to believe, when we wake up on the last day of summer, that the next time we get out of bed it will be in London.…
-- August 28th, 2014 | --
Ten years ago this month, our family moved into Red Gate Farm.
It seems like just a breath ago, but also the place seems to have been part of our lives forever, this…
-- August 26th, 2014 | --
It’s our last Tuesday morning at Red Gate Farm and all our guests have departed. Even our child has departed. The air is still and warm and I should probably…
-- August 13th, 2014 | --
It’s the picture that will make us laugh in deepest February, the picture that will sum up Summer 2014, the one that spells our family in a nutshell (and I…
-- August 8th, 2014 | --
Oklahoma Pecan Pie
From Gerry Nelson
1 1/3 cups/170g plain flour
¾ tsp salt
1/3 cup/78ml vegetable oil
¼ cup/59ml cold milk
In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Stir milk and oil together in a cup…
-- August 7th, 2014 | --
Nonna’s Cappuccino Cookies
(makes about 4 dozen)
1 cup/226g butter, softened
1/2 cup/100g +2 tbsps/ sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp freeze-dried coffee/espresso
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup/128g cake flour
1 cup/128g white flour 1/2…
-- August 5th, 2014 | --
(makes enough for 6)
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
large pinch salt
small pinch sugar
3 cups milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil