Charlotte’s Victoria Sponge Cake

My daughter Charlotte is ten-years-old and is just about the neatest person I’ve ever known.  All my kids are the neatest people I’ve ever known, but each is so unique, it’s easy to see and appreciate all the great things that make them who they are.  I’m nuts over all of them.  The elementary kids (Charlotte and her younger sister and younger brother) were off of school on Monday.  I was planning on starting to work on my blog again that day, so it was fun to hear what Charlotte wanted to post. Charlotte was born in England.  We decided […]

Fresh Persimmons with Moroccan Rosewater and Okinawan Honey

Persimmons are in season right now in Okinawa. I’ve had several people ask me what they taste like. An orange? A mango? Yes. Kind of a combination of orange and mango, but with flesh like a mango. Sort of. The skin is firm and almost as thick as a mango’s skin. You definitely want to peel persimmons. They almost look like you could eat them like an apple, skin and all. But the skin is a little too tough to be palatable. I had a few persimmons left over from my trip to the market last week. Truly, these little […]

Persimmon Pico de Gallo

It’s autumn in Okinawa.  While the leaves are not turning, and we are far from the light frost of the winter, you will find an abundance of Asian fall fruits in the local markets. Global cuisine.  It’s a new phenomenon.  We modern humans so well-traveled, and have such accepting palates, that we can taste a fruit from the far reaches of Asia and conceptualize that with a little cilantro and a good dash of jalapeno – it might just make a great pico de gallo. And indeed, it does make a delightful, delicious, sparkly dish. The persimmons just about jumped into my basket yesterday.  I saw them winking at […]