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Every year, without fail, March inspires me to garden. It caught me off guard a few weeks ago, that desire. Because this year, my summer feels so up in the air. I am ready to move, out of the city, but where to, exactly, remains a little uncertain. So I made a deal with myself: […]


  • Therese - this looks so fresh and amazing :) truly inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - This is my first year of gardening and I can absolutely relate to everything you’ve said here (apart from the fact that I’m 99% sure that I’ve managed to kill my salad leaves…). There’s something in that greenness which is so grounding. Good luck with whatever is on the horizon for you this summer. I look forward to seeing where the wind takes you.ReplyCancel

  • Teeny Red Cabin - I don’t think this bowl of goodies could look any more beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - It’s funny how gardens can bring so much to the surface. They’re all about place, embracing and investing in where we are, and when things are up in the air, it’s hard to feel grounded (sorry, I usually avoid puns.) It’s so nice that you decided to get something going in your garden, even with change in the air. Here’s hoping you land somewhere great in the months ahead, and in the meantime, may every salad be as bountiful as this beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Yin and Yolk - I am incredibly jealous of your garden. I live in the city and every year I tell myself that this is the year to sign up for a community garden space so I can experience what you’re describing. The salad looks amazing and so enticing.ReplyCancel

  • dishing up the dirt - Love this salad and love this post. Cheers to the dirt and all the beautiful things that grow in it.ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild} - Everything you feel about gardening, I feel too. I love to sit in my garden in the evening with some tea, until the sun slips behind the trees.
    This is a beautiful salad with an incredible array of flavors. I have roasted radishes, but I have never cooked them in butter. That sounds so good.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Brown - Such a beautiful post, Kimberley! I feel the same way about my tiny little apartment-sized garden. It really soothes me and roots me and nourishes me in such unexpected ways! I agree that one of my most favorite things about the summer is walking outside just before dusk, digging my hands into the dirt, and then sitting barefoot, drinking a glass of wine and watching the sun set with a good book or magazine in hand! Such perfection, really! I just wrote a post over on my site about how I’m currently cleaning out my freezer of the many herbs I froze last season to prepare for my spring garden too! Best of luck with your move and with your new plantings :)ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - Such beautiful pics! I am all for using lentils in food, they’re one of my favorites and easy to get a hold of. I unfortunately only have room to grow herbs in my garden, no big veggies, so I’m a little jealous of the great things you’ve got!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel (Tasty Thailand) - Wow, this not only looks like it’s going to taste amazing but it’s also incredibly beautiful. Can’t wait to try this. And I love lentils – just never think of serving them with a salad :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Waters - Oh, Babe I hear you in so many ways. Do you think we could have a dinner at my place not this, but next Saturday night? I think that’s the 18th?ReplyCancel

  • Ian - This looks like such a nice balance of textures, colors and flavors. Will have to try this to see how they come together. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • VeggieTown - It looks beautiful, tasty and simple. Just the way I like it! I would love a bowl of that.ReplyCancel

I have always loved to cook. When I was a teenager, I would roast vegetables in the oven late at night, fascinated by the transformative process, and by the magic of learning to feed oneself. In my first home away from where I grew up, my roommates and I would hold weekly dinner parties. How […]


  • cynthia - This is so beautifully written — you’ve captured the wonderful things about food and its ability to bring us together so vividly and poignantly. Thanks for sharing the Munchery love!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health - what a neat concept. its totally okay with order in and not stress about homecooked meals all the time.ReplyCancel

  • jamie - Those dinner parties were the best…ReplyCancel

  • Shaguna and Kaylee - Wow, I hope to create such a warm and inviting environment in my home one day around food.

  • Christopher - These photos are amazing! You really captured the intimacy of a nice, chill dinner with friends. Munchery looks like they have great variety and really quality ingredients.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Brandes - This is a terrific blog. The pics are gorgeous and the foods look simply delicious. I love the concept of this restaurant (store?) and wonder if you know a similar one in Toronto?
    Thanks-will continue to read your blog-loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Bob Walters - You continue to impress with your photography and narrative and this portrayal of friends and food sure inspires me to give this a try. The Munchery dishes look fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Norma Stafford - I love your blogs, have posted comments a few times, but couldn’t let this one pass me by! There’s nothing more comfortable than spur of the moment meals with friends at home! Don’t worry about cleaning the house–friends don’t mind. But, often the problem is not having the ingredients for the meal and not wanting to go grocery shopping! This blog presents us with the perfect solution! I need to check to see if this service is available in San Diego…or Munchery should expand to us! The photos (as usual) are beautiful….made me hungry! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild} - This is a gorgeous post. All of the meals look delicious and nourishing. It looks like they have so many options!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - Beautiful pictures here! I love the food here – especially the desserts look divine.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Thank you of sharing, this is beautiful.ReplyCancel

Last weekend, driving home late at night along Highway 1 from a weekend project in the dreamy town of Bolinas, tired beyond reason and probably pushing my ability to drive, I tethered my attention to a conversation between Krista Tippett and Joe Henry. Their talk was profound in the darkness, with the damp, salty air […]


  • Cate - That is a gorgeous shade of yellow. I want to make this just for the color!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - I love the way you are different. Thank you for sharing so much delicacy in your pictures and your words.ReplyCancel

  • ASHLAE - Amen to putting the damn phone down and enjoying the little things. I, too, have been practicing a similar approach to what feels like a chaotic and busy life, and sometimes I have to laugh at myself because DANG it’s sad how distracted and consumed I can be by work and social events and those mundane, everyday tasks. Around here, March is for slow livin’, more home cooked meals, and evenings spent with ourselves and some mothereffing peace and quiet. Wouldn’t mind a turmeric chai night-cap, either. xoReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon - KIMERLY. I loved that line, too, about the obstacles. I was driving as well and almost pulled over the car. So good. xoxReplyCancel

  • Maikki // Maikin mokomin - I love that bright yellow color, it’s like a mug full of sunshine :)ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Its really good for you skin too. Taking turmeric + omega 3 + spirulina totally changed my face :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim at Something New For Dinner - YOur turmeric chai looks fabulous! I have been looking for ways to increase the amount of turmeric in my diet. The research is pretty clear that this food is very good for you. Your pictures make this drink look wonderful. Would you mind if I share it with my readers at Something New For Dinner?

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Grace - I’ve been working hard at restructuring my morning routines for mornings when I’m home rather than at the gym. It’s nice to find a balance between quiet mornings of reading and pampering myself and those spent sweating my tail off. As the sun is coming back earlier it’s been nice to take back my mornings. Tomorrow morning, I’m adding this to my routine!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ Island Living Midwest - Isn’t it amazing how beautiful the taste of fresh turmeric is? In Puerto Rico we add it to warm milk with cinnamon when we want a night cap. I personally love it after a strenuous workout because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Have never tried it in a true chai. And this is going on my list to try.ReplyCancel

  • Dina - Thanks for this. I was thinking of trying a chai recipe and I think this is the one. The colour is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - This is so beautiful, Kimberley. That’s such a good and profound metaphor, about the obstacles as the road, but one that is so hard to remember in difficult times. And those little moments of goodness are invaluable. It’s something I’m working on right now, too. Wishing you lots of breaks and quiet moments and chai! We should have one of those sorts of breaks from the day-to-day together soon. (: xoReplyCancel

  • Amy - You have star anise in the picture but not in the recipe, is this right? Will probably add it anyway. Beautiful color!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - This looks amazing Kimberly! I so agree about fresh turmeric – it’s so bright and addictive, heads and tails above the dried stuff. I can imagine how lovely it must taste here. On it!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - The moments of grace in between the obstacles = yes! that’s so perfect and exactly sums up the way I’m trying to live my life at the moment. And when I’m in the middle of those obstacles, remembering those moments of grace makes it that much easier to cope. Love the sound of this soothing + comforting brew so much.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - This chai looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • sita - aaahhhh… a refreshing image with a lovely caption. thank you for finding the road for us once again, and then sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Love this! I am really into turmeric right now, too. The road is indeed an easy metaphor. I like this take. Hope you’re well! xo SReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Turmeric is my new favorite health food, and I have been looking for a good tea recipe – this is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Ileana - Sunshine in a mug! I make Heidi’s turmeric tea [] whenever I feel a cold coming on. Can’t wait to try your version. Looks like a total treat!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - hello! You pictured star anise but it’s not In The ingredient list. Just curious if you actually used it and how much! Thanks! Looking forward to trying this!ReplyCancel

  • Leo Sigh - I make something similar and I drink loads of it. I live in Thailand and we get the freshest turmeric at just about any local market, and it’s dirt cheap. I add it to so much food, as it’s a cancer preventative, as well as diabetes preventative and has a boatload of other health benefits too. Thanks for the recipe. Will try this for a change from mine :) Gorgeous photos too.ReplyCancel