quark

Curds separating from the whey in the process of making quark

I was first introduced to quark in Germany. This fresh cheese is a tasty part of a good, old-fashioned breakfast. But it can be found in many other countries from Northern Europe to the Middle East. It's similar to the French fromage blanc or the Spanish queso fresco. This fresh cheese with a little honey and maybe a …

saffron harvest

I was able to harvest a couple of saffron threads!

I was pretty excited to come home and see one of my saffron crocuses blooming last week! These flowers were a gift from a friend, Mary Dyer, who then lived in Charlottesville. She gave these flower bulbs to me--a Spaniard living in Pittsburgh--and then she moved from Charlottesville to Madrid! The world is full of strange …