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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

  • Sarah - The skills are amazing. Thanks and keep upReplyCancel

In late October, I spent a glorious fall week aboard a fancy river-going ship with Viking River Cruises. We began in Nuremburg. The weather swung between gloriously grey, blustery skies, and that mellow, golden sunlight unique to fall. The leaves were in their annual shift to yellows, oranges, and reds. I wandered the streets of […]


  • molly yeh - these pictures are beautiful!!!!!! i’m heading to that part of the world next week and this got me even more excited!!!! i’m with you in preferring small towns and mountains to big cities, but the way you described budapest sounds wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • John | heneedsfood - What a lovely trip. I’ve always wanted to do one of these cruises on the Danube. And what a gorgeous time of the year to have done it. Moody skies and confetti of leaves on the ground. Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae - These photos. Swoon. Such a dreamy dreamy, trip. Also, it’s worth mentioning that I’ve never had any desire to go on a cruise.. until now.ReplyCancel

  • Grace - The photos are gorgeous! Love the video of you dancing (good thing you brought clogs!)!!ReplyCancel

  • adeline - Wow., love the photos!ReplyCancel

  • Mary ann - I have been on 2 , the Danube and the Duro in Portugal, I loved every minute!ReplyCancel

  • Anjanee - Such beautiful pictures! I agree, after a long time I’ve realized that I much prefer the quietness and tradition of the smaller villages to the big cities. I live in one of those big cities along a river where Viking cruises always stop and I’ve always been curious!! Sounds like a lovely time!ReplyCancel

  • Hung - Such lovely photos. It has inspired me to want to visit those places!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Beautiful unfolding story about your trip. Craving fall in Europe – although so far away. Thanks for sharing, and the video of you enjoying yourself at the end was a nice touch. Hope I can make this journey one day myself – very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • CINDY - Thanks for sharing such a special trip! Your photos are beautiful & inviting!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri @ Haven Way - This sounds like an amazing adventure! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Norma - Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!! And I thought your dance was pretty cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Duvall - I have chronic pain and haven’t been able to travel in 12 years. Bah! It and lap swimming were my favorite activities. But your narrative! And the incredible photos! I studied every mm of the photos and, like you, loved the offering of root vegetables. How wonderful and un-American-ish :o). I’m afraid this is trite but your words and images really gave me a sense that I WAS travelling along with you — behind your eyes, sort of. What a special adventure that was, not to mention complementary, you lucky duck.

    Here’s hoping you’ll be offered more adventures and write back to us so beautifully and show us things most of us will never see.

    Looking forward,

  • Stacy - What gorgeous photos, Kimberley! I love this. You captured the spirit of these cities and scenes so wonderfully, and I so appreciate how you found beauty to enjoy throughout each moment of this experience.ReplyCancel

  • H D Smith - What a wonderful piece of work. Your photographs are exceptional, and I am a harsh judge. The writing is beautiful too. Keep it up.ReplyCancel

  • david lindsey - What camera setup did you use for these picture?ReplyCancel

  • anita rivera - What a marvellous trip and gorgeous pictures.
    This side of Europe makes me so nostalgic about a past that seems close because of where my family is from, but distant as well as I haven’t explored it so much yet.

  • Carol - Amazing pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Alan spedding ( cumbriafoodie ) - Loving your photo gallery , amazing pics…..infact the whole site is pretty bloody good stuff.Cheered my Sunday evening up.
    Take care
    Alan ( uk )ReplyCancel

  • cora - looks lovely, all those beautiful small towns.
    maybe next time you will also visit Romania and its gorgeous towns & villages by the DanubeReplyCancel

  • Camile Davenport - Love the photos and the prose! Beautifully written. So happy you had an opportunity to experience such a lovely excursion!


  • kristie {birch and wild} - Your photos always invoke magic and inspire. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah @ Eating with Alice - Absolutely stunning photos!

    It’s so incredible how phones/google maps changed the way I travelled in such a few short years. It’s like this big safety blanket – no matter how lost I get, a phone will usually steer me in the right direction. I guess it takes away a little bit of the adventure as well but, as someone who is constantly getting lost (if I say ‘turn right’, turn left – EVERY time), it’s comforting to know technology can save me.

    xx Hannah

  • kirsten burnett - such a beautiful landscape, looks like it was a beautiful vacation.ReplyCancel

  • christina - Your pictures are amazing, you must have really had a nice holiday. The buildings and island is so beautiful, it looks like a peaceful place to go too.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - Gorgeous photos! What a beautiful trip!ReplyCancel

  • nii - Can’t beat a meal with lots of green!ReplyCancel

  • Machiri - Nice comment.. these pictures are beautiful!!!!!! i’m heading to that part of the world next week and this got me even more excited!!!! i’m with you in preferring small towns and mountains to big cities, but the way you described budapest sounds wonderful!!ReplyCancel

I understand why people seem frustrated with resolutions, and why there’s a backlash against the exuberance of the fresh start and the clean slate that dominate the media the first two weeks of January. But I’m not with them. I get that the shitty part is the sense of disappointment in ourselves when we don’t […]


  • sara forte - i love your honesty and the forgiveness you offer yourself, and encourage in the rest of us, because we are HUMAN. These look so delicious and I love Amy’s book as well. I haven’t been cooking much lately but I hope to try more out of her book. Happy belated new year to you, miss. Hope it’s full of adventure and peace for you.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I really don’t have an opinion on resolutions! I don’t make them, but think it’s fine if others do. Either way, these muffins look totally delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - I agree! Instead of resolutions, I like to set intentions – to use the free headspace over the break to sit quietly and think about what kind of shape I’d like the next year to take. This year: more exploring, being better dressed. Biscuit consumption to remain level.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey - I agree that if often takes baby steps and time to make a lasting and meaningful habit change. I’m so happy for you that you were able to persevere through the tough times and forge forward with your goals. You should be proud, not embarrassed. Btw. . .I love everything about these muffins. . and you know what they say – third time is a charm. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - I love this post! I am so with you on resolutions – I understand the backlash but am wholeheartedly ALL IN when it comes to setting intentions and resolutions. The resolutions—as well as the process of making them—keeps me feeling hopeful about my life. It’s such good exercise in dreaming about what good things might come in the year ahead. Oh, and good for you for sharing something hard and less shiny and perfect! I always love to see it, and you should still be so proud of that change.

    And I’ve also been eying these muffins (such a glorious book!) and now must make them. Let’s get together and talk resolutions soon! xoxoReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - I don’t necessarily do the New Year’s resolutions but believe in resolutions overall, which can be spurred by many factors. Its been 5 years in the making but my diet compared to what I ate in college (Lean Cuisines, Diet Coke and fat-free sugar-free ice cream) is sooooo crazy improved.ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - Cheers to sticking to your goals no matter how long it takes. Happy adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life - A few years ago I stepped away from making a huge list of resolutions and instead focused on three or four intentions for the year. There’s less pressure with something you intend to do, and while I try to work hard at succeeding in my intentions, I am gentler on myself if they take longer than expected. Thank you for echoing this sentiment, and for opening up.
    Also, I love the look of these for a savoury breakfast or something easily healthy to snack on at work (one of my intentions this year).ReplyCancel

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health - good for you!!! so proud that you have quit..i have yet to sit and think about my goal for 2015.ReplyCancel

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table - What a beautiful, encouraging post. To all of us currently mired in the midst of New Year’s resolution, this is a beautiful reminder to not despair and just let time take its course. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - These look SO good – on my to-to-list asap! And that book by Amy Chaplin has been sitting on my to-buy-list since the release. Only, I have way too many cookbooks already… And among them yours is recently the most frequently used! Love it!

    Love your thoughts on resolutions too – I believe in slow progress and letting changes take time!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - This is such a great perspective on the concept of resolutions. It’s absolutely unrealistic to expect that you wake up on Jan 1 and all of a sudden those bad, or just undesirable, behaviours will suddenly change. Life doesn’t work look that. Thanks for the reality check and, as ever, your honesty. Also, these muffins look so good! I’m really feeling savoury muffins right now and these look like a must make.ReplyCancel

  • marzia - instead of resolutions, this year I’m simply determined just to be more resolute, in general :) (as for smoking, I have quit a century ago but I’m still struggling everyday on it!!). thank you for sharing your thoughts with usReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - It is true. Change takes time. It is easy to forget that. Thanks for the reminder and for sharing your thoughts and the muffins too :)ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Sometimes thing DO take years! Amen.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmin - I like your thought of resolution being an act and process – I’ll remember it for the next new year resolutions ;)
    Anyway, I smoke for almost ten years, and quit year and a half ago I have to admit that morning coffee and cigaret is something that I still miss, but health-wise it’s the best thing I done for this decade…
    Quinoa muffins recipe is something I’ll have to try :)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - YES! So hard to do but the best thing we can do for ourselves. It took me a long time to stop missing it.ReplyCancel

  • Janet - Beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful reminder to be kind to ourselves. Pinned for the encouragement reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - I need to make these for a healthy on the go breakfast/lunch!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Is there any option for a substitute for rice flour?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Hi Courtney,

      It was my own experimentation that led to the most successful of the three tries. If you can’t use rice flour, I’d encourage you to experiment with your preferred flours and to not let a little failure set you back – that’s the only way I figured this out. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Glen - Great, simple sweet potato recipe , have to try this tonightReplyCancel

  • French Toast Tasha - It’s so true that we need to go easy on ourselves, and yet keep setting goals that challenge us to move in the direction we need/want to go. And things take time! I couldn’t agree more. Wonderful thoughts, thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine pulley - These look so amazing! I love anything sweet potato, especially the savory sweet potato combo!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve Trail - These look so yum! Just wondering what changes need to do to make the original without eggs?ReplyCancel

  • Angela Brown - Hot damn, lady! You know how to use a camera! I’ve been following your site for a few years, and always admire your pics, though the quality in your last few posts is pretty unreal. Kudos to you! Also, like Sarah said, I really love your sense of honesty, and find this to be a really beautiful, really relatable post! I totally wrap myself up in my resolutions and beat myself up mid-year when I find I’m only sort-of keeping in tune with half of them. Really great post all around :)ReplyCancel

  • Alexa~FurnishMyWay - Wow! Great looking recipe! Also, I do have to say that I appreciate your honesty about quitting smoking. That’s such a great personal accomplishment and achievement! My personal opinion on goals is that they are great to make. It’s like an “achievement” that you’re running to one step at a time. I know personally that I haven’t always kept my goals; but that has never stopped me from continually trying! Thanks for sharing this post and your thoughtful words. I enjoyed reading this post a bunch!ReplyCancel

  • Raja Makan - woow thats the best recipe that i ever tried. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Restaurant Insider - I’m going to try this tonight but I need to go shopping for a few of these ingredients!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Thompson - Love this recipe. It makes my Afro-vegan list. Truly wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Edlyn - First time commenting on your blog after having heard so much about your book. Congrats on all the great reviews. I hope to buy it someday once I get some money together. I just wanted to say that I was so touched by your honesty in this post. I have been feeling slightly jaded by the food blog world I have been following lately. I need honesty – I crave it. Thank you for sharing such a triump in your life. I don’t think you have anything to be embarrassed about. These phases come and go in our lives and shape us into what we choose to become as a result. You made the tough choice and persevered. Resolutions are a brave thing to do. You’ve come a long way. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - Can’t wait to try these.ReplyCancel

  • Nicolas - Sugar'n'Salé - hi,

    I am a French culinary blogger ( so excuse my English a little awkward ) and I came to see What did our friends across the Atlantic .

    I am delighted by your blog , beautiful pictures and beautiful recipes.ReplyCancel