A lovely thing about recipes is their capacity to travel quickly. From every known corner of the world they come, alighting upon our computer screens, and then — if we're feeling particularly ambitious one summer night — on our own kitchen tables. It ensures that even if we can't make it to that island off the coast of Greece or to the hills of Northeastern China, we can still eat like we were born there. And even if we will never visit the cosy street corner in Stellenbosch, South Africa where Nook Eatery resides, we can still get there by daydream, traveling via the sun-dappled photos and simple-but-oh-so sweet recipes they regularly feature on their blog.
Sometimes they only tease with colorfully illustrated ingredient lists, like these perfectly pink Rose Macarons with Pistachio, but even more often they wax wonderfully nostalgic. Accompanying a recipe for Mac'n'Cheese: "Diana and I have known each other since we were 7 years old. That's almost 22 years I have been witness to her love affair with cheese... I have a letter from our schoolgirl days in which Diana compares our friendship to no less than 25 different cheeses."
Cassie loves to cook, eat, and then write about it. She can't resist anything with sweet potatoes, but if she had to pick one food for the rest of her life it might be avocado. (She changes her mind a lot.) She also believes that anything will taste better on a tortilla, and that tacos are the premier food of summertime. You can catch her reading Calvin & Hobbes on the stoop of her apartment, or on the roof in her garden. Say hello!