Walnut Honey Cream Cheese

The first bagel I ever ate didn’t leave much of an impression. A chewy bread doughnut with cream cheese?  I was more used to fluffy, toasted Wonder Bread dripping with margarine. The second bagel was memorable. I had to wait a day in Boston before taking the Greyhound bus to Bar Harbor, where we would join the winter training period at […]

Burdock Root Soup

“Ah, monastery soup!” exclaimed Shuho-san.  It does indeed taste like soups served in Japanese training temples. The signature flavour of this recipe is burdock, a long skinny root that grows wild in Europe but has seemingly fallen out of culinary use. In the UK it is more commonly known as a fizzy beverage; Dandelion & Burdock or […]