Thursday, January 29, 2015

roasted cauliflower soup

Oh, hello. 

Where have I been these past few months you ask? Here. Yes, the truth is, instagram has become the place you'll find me these days. If you haven't visited me there I hope you will. I love sharing photos of everyday life, sneak peeks of new items in the shop and (of course) lots of island beauty. 

But today I want to share a recipe with you here. It's one I dreamt up a couple nights ago and it turned out so good I want you to make it too. Calling it a recipe is actually kind of stretch because it's so easy, but if it gives you the nudge you need to cook up a nice pot, then a recipe it is.


1 medium sized head of cauliflower, cut into florets
6 large cloves garlic, sliced into quarters
2 cups onion, chopped
4 Tbs. olive oil
1 large bay leaf
3 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried thyme)
1 tsp. vegetable bouillon (I use Better Than Bouillon)
4 - 6 cups water (or more as needed)
salt & pepper to taste
fresh thyme and/or small roasted cauliflower florets for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Spread cauliflower florets and garlic quarters evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 2 Tbs. olive oil over the top and turn with a spatula so that everything is evenly coated with oil. Add a bit of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown. Set aside a few small florets for garnish if you like.

In a large pot, sauté the chopped onion and bay leaf in 2 Tbs. olive oil until the onions are browned and somewhat caramelized. Add fresh or dried thyme and sauté for another 2 minutes. 

Add roasted cauliflower and garlic into the pot with the onions and herbs, and add enough water to cover the vegetables completely. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. 

Remove the bay leaf and using an immersion blender (or regular blender), blend until smooth. Add water as needed to get a nice consistency. Place pot back over low heat, add 1 tsp. bouillon, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add water as needed to reach desired thickness, and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh thyme and/or small roasted cauliflower florets.


We loved this soup. It has a rich, roasted flavor and feels hearty on a cold night. I served a finely chopped kale & spinach salad with a lemony-garlic dressing alongside and it was a nice balance of fresh bright flavor to counter the rich soup. 

I thought about making apologies for being absent from this space for so long, but the truth is I can't say I'm sorry about it. If you know anything about me, you know that I am a doer, constantly moving from one thing to the next. I carve out time each day to exercise and get outdoors, I knit, I read, I garden, I cook from scratch, I keep shop, I live my life. There is a limit to how much time I want to spend behind a screen - be it big or small - and so if my blog has to lay quiet for a while, well then, I guess it will. I do hope you'll still visit me here, as I like having this space to share recipes and thoughts and those things that cannot be captured in one quick image like instagram. If you'd like to sign up to follow my blog, you'll get a message letting you know when I've made a post. (Look for the box on the right.)

Have you been cooking any wonderful things lately as we move through the winter months? What else has been inspiring you?

A belated Happy New Year to you all!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

a giveaway

As the weather cools and I feel that crisp nip of autumn in the air, I find myself itching to do some knitting. Before I start any new projects though, I think I need to make a little room in the shop. Why not have a little giveaway? If you'd like a chance to win a handknit wool hat, visit my instagram profile (click icon on right) and find the post with the picture above. Read the caption for details on how to enter. 

Good luck!

Monday, September 1, 2014

shop is open

September is here and the shop is open! To celebrate I am offering free worldwide shipping through the end of the month on all of the lovely moth prints I have in stock. From the pages of a 1966 book, these color plates are perfect (and affordable) for framing. Look for them in the paper & print section of the shop, and use the coupon code SEPTEMBER2014 to get free shipping. There are over 30 to choose from, so pick your favorite!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

late august

Well, hello there. Yes, I'm back from a wonderful month-long wander through the mountains of central Mexico. We had such a relaxing trip soaking up the warmth, colors and friendliness we met at every turn. I will share more photos later, I promise. Until then, here's one perfect frangipani blossom for you!

Back on the home front I'm attempting to find my rhythm again, to wrap my mind around the fact that leaving for a month of summer means that it will indeed be waning when you return. I'm hanging on to it though, harvesting carrots, cabbage, beans, flowers and more from the garden, picking blackberries and eyeing the apple trees. Tonight we're having friends over for a barbecue dinner on the deck -- even if we do have to wear jackets. 

I had planned to reopen the shop by now, but haven't quite gotten there yet. I have lots of great vintage ready and waiting for me to get it on the shelves, so it will be soon, stay posted.

I hope that this finds all of you enjoying the late days of summer.

xo for now!

p.s. If you aren't following along already, click the instagram icon to the right to see many more photos from Mexico and daily life.

Friday, July 18, 2014


In two days time I will be in Mexico for a month-long adventure. It will also mark the passing of what has been a pretty hard year. I say that knowing full well that many people in the world suffer daily more hardship than I have ever known, but for me, relative to my life, it's been a tough year. I'd like to think that leaving for a trip like this will mark the end of that year, and that this will be the respite I need to put it behind me, to hit the reset button, so to speak. I sure hope so. As I've said before, I don't get too personal in this space with specific details, but know that my troubles are probably similar to your own, involving family, health scares, and emotional pain. Much of it has thankfully passed, and what hasn't has become more manageable with time. Time, the great healer. I am also blessed to live in a beautiful place with a loving partner/best friend, with supportive friends and community around me. My gratitude for my good fortune will always outweigh any troubles that come my way. 

The early part of this summer has been a bit of a blur, but we did manage to pack the freezer with pounds and pounds of peak summer raspberries and (weirdly) early blueberries. We stacked our 3 cords of firewood, and now feel like squirrels with our cache of nuts waiting for the coming winter. When we return in late August, we'll pick blackberries to add to the stash, and maybe a few locally-caught salmon, too. 

I hope that wherever you are, life is treating you well, that summer is sweet, or winter, cozy. I'll be posting a few photos via instagram as I travel the mountain villages of Mexico. Follow along if you like! (click icon on right)

Until I return, cheers to you all.


photo: detail of mural by Diego Rivera at the Palacio Nacional, Mexico City

Friday, June 20, 2014

happy solstice!

In celebration of the summer solstice tomorrow, please enjoy a 10% discount in the shop with the coupon code: SUMMER2014.

For those of you celebrating winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, please enjoy free shipping on all of my handmade wool hats with the coupon code: WINTER2104.

Happy solstice, everyone, whether it be summer or winter in your corner of the world!


(Both coupons good through Wednesday, June 25th. Free shipping on hats to addresses in the southern hemisphere only. One coupon code per customer.)

Monday, June 16, 2014


Here it is, mid-June and time has already sped up like we're in the heart of summer. Wild roses and columbine blooming, the peonies knocking our socks off, fresh salads from the garden, the first of the garlic harvested, stray kittens rescued and loved briefly before finding new homes, scooter rides around the island, fires on the beach and in the sky. Yesterday we ate strawberries right off the bush until we had our fill, then rode our bikes and picked roses from a beautiful bush alongside an abandoned house. I love this time of year but wish in some ways I could slow down time and savor it a bit more. 

How's June unfolding for you? 

p.s. Still using this from last June.