I’m Jess.  I began writing to help me knead my way through moving to another city and into my mother-in-law’s home.  Specifically, into her kitchen.

I love cooking but I ain’t no Cordon Bleu.  More Gordon Bennett, with a penchant for making tasty food and a non-medicated addiction to cook books.  Expect explorations around food; missives about trips to local stores and markets; discoveries in the back of the mother-in-law’s cupboards (like, ‘why does she keep her medicine with her spices?’ And ‘oh my goodness, this Marmite is from 1984!’); the trials and tribulations of trying to make dinner for friends and family with the help of my beloved children (there’s two – Zippy and Reuben); and HOW ON EARTH DO YOU CONTROL THE TEMPERATURE OF A 40 YEAR OLD AGA!?

In advance, I’d like to thank my Mum and Nana for infusing me with both their love of cooking and the age-old Yiddishe art of enjoying a good old fress.  And to my mother-in-law for sharing her kitchen with me – may I not damage your AGA in a fit of rage.

Glossary:
Gordon Bennett – An expression of surprise, like ‘gorblimey’.  Read more about this phrase here
Fress – to indulge in and enjoy eating
Yiddishe – relating to the traditional culture of Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe

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8 comments
  1. LoL, I keep some of my medicine with some of my (backup) spices too 🙂

  2. Hilary said:

    I never expected this subject to arise, but interestingly my partner keeps medicine on the shelf next to the sugar and coffee pots.

  3. Hilary said:

    by the way, Jess, I love this blog…cooking, culture, uncouth words…faaaab.

  4. Hi Jess, your friend Alice told me about your blog and I am very glad she did. Great writing, beautiful photos and really inventive recipes. I’m a bit excited about following you..!

    • Hello Katie, Thanks for following me and for the ever so lovely words! Is it Alice OK??! Give her a big hug from me! Can I suggest you follow me at my new site instead http://www.themotherinlawskitchen.com as I no longer update this site! Thank you and thanks so much for the support! Jess

  5. Yes I think so – we bump in to each other in the park every so often! Will subscribe to your new site thanks : )

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