Yearly Archives: 2005

Exciting News

Exciting News! I have officially given notice at my job and I will be leaving my place of employment in a matter of weeks.  Shortly thereafter John and I will be boarding a plane to London and setting out on six months of traveling. (The impetus for all of this is a result of our […]

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tanvi - that is very exciting indeed! i have been a lurker at your blog for a while now, and i do hope you’ll be able to post during your adventures!

tamara - the inn crowd in singapore is probably the best deal (hostel) in the city, if you end up there. if you do go to malaysia, kuala lumpur isn’t so great, kind of hard to navigate, i hear the highlands are nice.
i hope you write about your travels online…

Antonietta - that’s great news & i do hope you enjoy your travels. if you end up in auckland new zealand, i have a friend that might help you find a place to stay.

Monkey Gland - Hey there, sounds like a trip and a half! You’ll love it, remind me of my travellin’ days [looks wistfully into the air]

boo_licious - Do come to Malaysia then you get to eat all the yummy food we have. KL is nothing much as it’s a big city but you should go to places like Malacca and Penang which is more historical. If you’re coming during non-monsoon season (around Sept/oct), then you can also make a trip to the East Coast for the beaches and diving.

Molly - What great news, Gemma! As is only appropriate, I’m very, very jealous. Please do keep posting and reporting from wherever you are, if it’s not too much trouble. But more importantly, soak it all up!

J - hi gemma, wow! how tremendously exciting…if you do wind up in southeast asia, and are dropping by singapore, would be more than happy to fill you in on the sights, smells, tastes …cheers,j

gemma - Thank you everyone for your kind words and advice!

Pille - Have fun travelling! If you’re near the Baltics sometimes in December/early January, drop me a line, and I may show you personally or then email the links to the best cafes/restaurants to visit in Tallinn:)

Sticky - Likewise, if you reach Hanoi and feel like some street food experiences, drop us a line at stickyrice.

gemma - Pille and Sticky, thank you so much! Those are two areas that we are seriously considering/hoping to get to. I will be in touch if it works out.

Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes

Last week my parents, my brother, and I drove four hours north to Waupaca, Wisconsin.  We have spent a week in Waupaca every summer of my life.  Waupaca is a tiny town situated about an hour and a half North of Madison by car.  While Wisconsin is home to many lakes, Waupaca itself boasts 22 […]

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lizzy - I didn’t think anyone else knew about ting. and that picture of the cheese curds made me hungry… I know what I’m doing first thing when I get back to wisconsin…spotted cow and fried cheese. delicious.

Michele - Hi Gemma, what a wonderful description of Waupaca. I’ve never been there but you certainly make it sound very charming. Inner tube rentals and the Ting Pop!
And I’m so happy that you posted a picture of those cheese curds, I was hoping you would. I will be daydreaming about them for a while. It sounds like you had a great time, I’m sure it was hard to leave!

gemma - Wow Lizzy, I had no idea anyone else had heard of Ting either. I am impressed. Mmmm. fried cheese curbs and spotted cow. I wish I could eat some with you, but it sounds like I will be gone when you are here. . sniff.
Thanks Michele, I’m glad you liked the cheese curd picture. I remembered your request and was sure to document them for you!

Juno888 - I don’t think so… but it’s really that book..

Katie -
My Family goes to waupaca too. Here’s another story about waupaca from my dad.

Paul - I found your post while searching for Ting. Having grown up in Waupaca, I have very fond memories of Ting and thought it was long gone. I used to love the orange.
While the Harbor’s cheese curds are ok, there are many other places in WI with curds that put the Harbor’s to shame. My favorite is the “battered” variety. I used to like the Harbor’s, but I don’t even eat them now that I’ve tried these. Often they are fresh and hand battered. The version the Harbor sells are frozen and can be purchased in nearly any store, food club, or your local “Schwans” distributor.

Tammy Fisher - I want a Ting shirt! Where can I get one?!

Gemma - I wish I knew Tammy! I want one too.

joann bendik - Just got back from Waupaca. after 27 years of almost yearly waupaca vacations, my daughter, now 25, had to announce that her “childhood is officially over” when told that ting is no longer being made. sad. sad. sad. and to think of how i recycled the cases of ting that we’d bring home to downers grove, il., but then forget to return it to waupaca. now, i feel responsible for the end of ting. we did visit clear water harbour, the red mill and our favorite restaurant The Pine Tree Supper Club that is closer to New London. Also, scooper’s ice cream and the Tom Thumb miniature golf continues!

Jo Anne Costello - I spent every summer of my childhood in Waupaca as well, making the 2 day drive from New York with my parents and brother and sisters. We would stay a couple weeks on Round Lake with my grandparents, who lived there year-round. Katie, I read your Dad’s story and loved it (I started going to Waupaca in the ’60s). Sadly, my grandfather passed away 4 years ago, the house was sold, and we have not been back since.
I remember cheese curds and Ting – the green Ting was the best! We used to walk to Lorimer’s Trading Post every night after dinner and buy frozen Milky Ways and eat them in the little park across the street. Later, we would sit in that park and wish we were old enough to get in to the Casino!
I am hoping to get back to Waupaca soon, but in the meantime, I am looking for Waupaca or Chain-O-Lakes sweatshirts or T-shirts. Does anyone know if there is any place to get them online?

gemma - I was just up in Waupaca and can confirm that Ting was no where to be found – Even at our old stand by Weller’s. The end of an era indeed.
I’m so glad I wrote about Ting. The memories you have all shared with me about Waupaca have been a joy to read. Thank you!

Amanda Lorimer-Crowell - This is awesome. I am the granddaughter of Sarah Lorimer who ran the Trading post.
I so miss every weekend, summer, trip up to the Chain.
I will have a special connection to this place for the rest of my life.

IMBB #17: tasteTea: Matcha Pancakes with Matcha Yogurt Sauce & Matcha Soda Biscuits with Matcha-Ginger Butter

A La Cuisine is hosting this month’s IMBB and the theme is tasteTea. I am quite a fan of using tea in cooking and was very pleased to see this theme. Due to the events of late, I was expecting to have to miss this IMBB and was quite disappointed. However, my lovely friend Aviva […]

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Zarah Maria - Gemma, those pancakes look STUNNING!

Molly - I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of tea–blaspemy, I know!–but I can’t resist echoing Zarah Maria. Those pancakes are drop-dead gorgeous!

Antonietta - scrumptious looking pancakes!

keiko - Gemma, I’m glad you could participate and that you went for a matcha extravaganza too ;) I’ll definitely try the pancakes with yoghurt sauce, the combination sounds really intersesting. I love all of the pictures, they are lovingly captured.

boo_licious - Yummy pancakes! The yoghurt sauce sounds great too.

melissa - I love the color – so beautiful! I was so sorry to read about your mugging… I can imagine how scary it was and how frustrating it is to be without a camera so soon before your trip. I would probably search the ‘new and used’ sellers at amazon, perhaps looking for a camera that’s a little out of date but a good price. My backup camera is a Canon Powershot A80 with 4mp, and it does a fantastic job. Anyhow, glad you’re safe and good luck!

gemma - Thanks Zarah, I hope your vacation is going well!
Molly, while I like cooking with tea I can certainly understand why others might find it blasphemous. Thanks for the nice comments!
Thank you Antonietta!
Hi Keiko, I was worried that without a sweeter base the matcha would be overwhelming, but the flavor went superbly with the butter. Let me know how they work out for you if you try them. (And I suggest using crumpet rings. They took well to a little coaxing upwards).
Thanks boo_licous (What a fabulous name!)
Hi Melissa, thanks for the kind thoughts. Yes, I think second hand will definitely be the way to go. I have been sifting my way through Froogle and looking up certain cameras, I will do the same with the A80. Thanks for the suggestion!

tara - What fluffy perfection those pancakes are! I love using the molds, and making pillowy little cakes rather than thin silver-dollar sized ones. They look perfect with the sauce, but I’m sure they’d be equally delicious with a drizzle of honey.

J - hi gemma, what a gorgeous gorgeous spread! the pictures are stunning, and the flavour combinations utterly unique, especially the pancakes and yogurt…cheers,j

gemma - Ooh honey, great idea Tara! I too love the molds. They can make great things look even better.
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RIP: Canon Powershot s45

(me circa 2003) Some asshole mugged me last night and made off with, among other things, my treasured digital camera.  Our time together was short (a gift from my family this past winter), but I became quite attached.  I was finally starting to get the hang of all this macro-food-photo business too.  I am fortunate […]

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Anonymous - ohmigod. that’s so awful (and scary). i lurk around your blog and love it. so sad to hear this, but very happy that you are safe & sound. take care!

Melissa - Gemma, I am very happy you are well and alive. What a story…I live in Panama, Central America…althou it is beautiful and my family lives here, I read every day horror stories @ the local newspapers. I guess it is everywhere, but I thank G_d every day for my life…believe me :)
Back to the fun stuff—I purchased a new camera recently,…she is great, somehow we are in love :) It is the SONY Cyber-shot 7.2 mega pixels—slick, small, fantastic. Well this is all I have to say after only 1 week with her :) P.S. all I have to do now is READ the manual.

Alice - Oh, how terrible!! So sorry this has happened to you. I’m glad you are relatively unscathed. Losing the camera, though, what a loss!

debs - hey gemma,
i’m so sorry, that is terrible but i am glad you are ok. i use a fuji finepix s7000 and i love its super macro setting. its a 6 mp and i hear it also does a little better in lower light settings than other cameras. but those new slim sony’s with the big screens are sooo sexy. take care!

Vital Information - Wow, mugging, I’m glad it’s just a camera. Glad you around and bloggin’

J - hi gemma, that’s terrible! i’m currently saving up for a canon eos20d, which is not exactly wallet friendly, but which i’ve witnessed in action taking the most breathtaking photos – that, and a macro lens…

gemma - Thank you for all of the sweet words everyone! As I have mentioned to one of you already, it just seems to happen that everytime I meet an extremly rotten person or have something pretty nasty happen, something will quickly reaffirm to me that most people are actually very awesome and capable of such lovely things. Thanks for taking part in that reminder.
I’m fine, much more pissed off than hurt or scared. And once again, I know I am lucky. Anything can happen, watch your backs out there.
Thanks for the camera advice. Keep the suggestions coming. “Window shopping” online has been a great distraction this last day and a half when I should really be doing other things!

Zarah Maria - Oh dear. I only saw the first part of your post in my RSS feed and I thought Oh God, what happened?! I’m glad you’re okay – why oh why does people like that have to exist? ARGH! I’ll keep a look-out for any camera-offers…

clare eats - That is terrible!!! I am soo glad you are ok and not harmed and that you get a new camera soon!

keiko - Gemma – I’m so glad you are fine, although it was a terrible thing to happen. Hope you will find a camera you like soon…

santos - hi gemma–i’m glad you are okay as well. do take care and good luck on your camera search!

gemma - Thank you everyone! I will let you know how the camera search progresses, but meanwhile keep the suggestions coming as they have been valuable.

Nicky - Hi Gemma,
so sorry to hear what happened! Of course you keep thinking about the camera, but most importantly: You’re fine, that’s what really counts ;)
Regarding a new camera: I use a rather small digital all-rounder camera (Fuji 610), which does great macro shots and is small enough to fit in your jeans pocket. Despite its rather low price, the pictures are quite good. One of my colleagues just bought it – even though he owns already two digital SLRs…
Take care :)

Sweetnicks - That is horrible, but most importantly, I’m glad you’re ok. Have a wonderful vacation!

gemma - Hi Nicky and Sweetnicks. Thanks for your thoughts. The food blogger community is so thoughtful, so many excellent people.
Nicky, thanks for the advice. I have been looking around at the reviews, though it seems they don’t manufacture it in the states, but I will hopefully track one down. Is that what you use to take most of your pictures? Your photographs are stunning! Perhaps this would be better served in an email. . .
Thanks again you everyone.


I will be out of town for the next few days.  I am going to Waupaca, Wisconsin for our annual family vacation.  My parents have been going up to this chain of lakes since college.  It is quite beautiful and relaxing.  My brother took this picture of me there about two years ago.  He is […]

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Michele - Hi Gemma, lovely picture! Your trip sounds wonderful, have a great time. I’m insanely drawn to the idea of fried cheese curds.. Take a picture of those, will you? :)

Zarah Maria - That really is a gorgeous picture! Sounds like a nice place you’re going to too – mmm, pancakes!

Zarah Maria - And I forgot to say – very Audrey Hepburn! I just checked out your brother’s site, AMAZING pictures! You can be proud of him!:-)

gemma - I definitely will Michele, they are superb!
Thanks Zarah, he really is an amazing photographer, I will send the appreciation along to him.
Thanks for the well wishes you two, see everyone soon!

farmgirl - Fabulous picture! I love black & white photography. Hmmmm. It seems I’ve discovered your blog just as you skipped out of town. Guess that gives me more time to sift through your archives. Looking forward to your return. Hope you have/had a wonderful time!

keiko - Hi Gemma – I hope you are having a lovely time with your family. I can’t remember how, but I’ve actually been to your brother’s site before… great pictures! I’m glad you are making something with matcha too, I just hope I’ll have time to do it!

Antonietta - a classic b & w photo – it’s lovely! your brother takes amazingly beautiful pics. my sister in-law likes photography – this is her website

gemma - Hi farmgirl, keiko, and Antonietta. Thanks, I will pass on the nice comments to my brother. And wow, Antonietta, your sister’s photos are gorgeous!

Antonietta - thank you, i’ll let her know.:-)