• Cooking with Miranda

    Shortening the Food Chain

    When Covid-19 first started hitting America really hard in March, I told the fella that “this panic buying is one thing, a disrupted supply line is going to be something else entirely.” Then the stories appeared in the paper, about how already struggling dairy farmers were having to dump their milk, since their market (little cartons sold to public schools) was drying up. Tales of produce being left to rot or plowed into the ground to fertilize next season’s crop followed. With this weekend came the news that meat chickens were being depopulated and that pigs and cattle would meet a similar fate if new processors cannot be found. I’m…

  • Cooking with Miranda,  Mirandomness

    Valentine’s Tea with my Valentine

    The Fella and I are very into afternoon tea. It’s kind of a tradition for us, now. When we go on a trip, if there is a place to have afternoon tea (or places) then tiny sandwiches and scones will be consumed. We are also on the hunt for local places. We found a humdinger, the Hummingbird Bakery and Tea Room in the Woodlands, Texas. It’s rather unexpected, tucked into a nondescript strip center, that looks very much like many other strip centers in the greater Houston area. Inside the doors, one finds a charming mishmash of furniture, knowledgeable staff, and delicious foods delightfully prepared and presented. The service started…

  • Cooking with Miranda

    This Long Weekend was Brought to You by Pour Overs….

    The Fella is a coffee snob. Once upon a time he roasted coffee for a living, when he was a poor college student. I think he would still roast coffee for a living, if a living could be made roasting coffee. His latest favorite is the pour-over. It’s like auto-drip coffee…if auto-drip coffee was lovingly coaxed from the bean by an army of winged cherubim, rather than an insistent stream of water soaking one part of the grounds and ignoring the rest, until the moment it drowns them in impatience. At least this is how I think he would explain pour-overs…if he was more like me. There is some merit…