The Kinfolk Table Book

On Friday I met up with Lisa Giroday from Victory Gardens in preparation for the Kinfolk Dinner Event being held at West Elm Market on Monday evening, in which I am really looking forward to attending as a guest and photographer. While there, I picked up a copy of The Kinfolk Table, a stunning book full of recipes that Kinfolk Magazine collected from home cooks all over the world. I had no doubt that this book would be beautiful. As I read through, I immediately dove into a recipe that includes all of my favourite flavours, called: Vanilla, Lavender, and Earl Grey Chocolate Pudding with Sea Salt. OMG! Tracey Ayton Lavender


Tracey Ayton Photography puddings

Recipe Tracey Ayton Photography

Tracey Ayton pudding

Tracey Ayton whipping cream



Fuzzy new beginnings.

Looking out my kitchen window, there is a tree that I never really notice until autumn settles in. This time of year, the tree is brilliant, it's branches dangling with heavy, yellow fruit. Upon closer inspection, the vibrant yellow fruit is a far cry from it's fuzzy little green beginnings. One would think this is a pear tree but it is actually a quince tree. What does one do with a quince???

I pick a few and toss them into a bowl with plans of cooking them .... somehow as it is impossible to eat these raw. In the meantime, when I walk into the kitchen, they greet me with a fragrance of bittersweetness ...... a kind of honey and lemon combination.

I decide to cook the quince ... slowly ... in a pan with butter and sugar. When topped off with the buttered quince, rice pudding is the perfect match. Rum & raisins are my favorite, but this certainly is good. I'm not much of a cook but I do enjoy baking .... ONCE IN AWHILE. The fact that I have never eaten a quince before, sparked some renewed interest in the kitchen.

Rice Pudding recipe: Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa. Buttered Quince: Tracey Ayton