Recipes for Trouble

For my mother

It’s taken me weeks to make this phonecall. I’ve got a Scotch on the rocks beside me, for courage. I’m ready to hang up at any moment, should the need arise. My mother’s voice, deep and unworldly (she’s had her larynx removed) comes on the line. We chat about this and that. The weather….

Recipes for Trouble

February…and Jamaican Soup

Hello February! C’mon right in! Bring on the valentines, and the oscars! Let’s honour Black History Month; celebrate Crepe Day (February 2nd); and the launch of Recipes for Trouble (Feb. 8, see below)! Send chocolates; buy flowers! Cook something with asparagus, or blood oranges! We’re that much closer to spring! Some months take on…

Recipes for Trouble

Chilaquiles: Recipes for Life

What does your recipe journal look like? Does it smell like chocolate? Is it painted with expressionist tomato sauce splatters? Does it force you to remember a pasta dish that turned a romantic dinner into a comedy, does it play a movie of a time when you went to a lot of potlucks and…