Daisy Bateman


Your vegetables will look approximately 372% more glamorous if you put them in a fancy gardening basket. Wheelbarrow optional. On a related note, does anyone know what I can do with three habaneros? That won’t kill me?

Just a Little Off the Top

Let’s check in on the garden, shall we? The chard is starting to look like chard: We got the heirloom “sideways” variety. The favas have joined the party: And the edamame came along too: The lettuces have been particularly enthusiastic: So much so that I decided to free up some space by clipping some leaves … Read more

The Great Maple Syrup Heist: The Plot Thickens

We now interrupt your normal lack of programming to bring you exciting developments in the ongoing saga of the Great Maple Syrup heist: Canadian police report that they have potentially tracked some of the contraband to a syrup dealer in New Brunswick. The suspect sap has been confiscated for further study and it’s source is … Read more

New Year’s Cheese

You know what’s better than going out on New Year’s Eve? Staying home and eating cheese: Top row: Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel, Blue StiltonBottom row: Hirtenkase, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, Cave Aged GruyereNot pictured: Brillat-Savarin With the brand new set of cheese knives you got for Christmas: I’m still not totally sure what the big … Read more

Sunday Dinner: An Adventure in Pictures

Potential new semi-regular feature here, where I demonstrate recipes so foolproof that even I can’t screw them up, though not for a lack of trying. Today we’re starting with one of my more elaborate attempts: making choucroute garni. Or, as it has come to be known around here, “the big pile of pork” dish. It … Read more

Department of Story Ideas: The Meat-Eaters

The Inspiration:A conversation over lunch during which someone mentioned ongoing efforts to create lab-grown meat. Apparently, it needs to be kept moving by the application of electrical shocks in order to develop properly. You see where I am going with this. The Story:As above, with some minor variations. Rather than using muscle cells directly from … Read more