Hi. I’m Isabel, I cook and scribble. I make a lot of food and do a lot of writing, and Bread & Courage is what I have to show for it. It started as a simple food blog called TASTE but evolved into something more—a place where I express my love of food, community and the environment. Thanks for spending some time here—and be in touch!

 




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Simple Hummus: An Ode to the Garbanzo

Simple Hummus: An Ode to the Garbanzo

May 03, 2010

There are few things that make me full after a few tastes, but hummus is one of them. It’s so filling, I can only eat it at lunch, with most of a day’s digestion ahead. I’m no good at a bite or  two, you should know: when I say “tastes,” I mean generous spoonfuls. Mystery […]

Basil Baba Ghanoush

Basil Baba Ghanoush

Sep 15, 2009

The time has come, the gardener said, to talk of many things… of shoes and ships and ceiling wax, of eggplants and kings. Ok, so, eggplant may not be the most poetic of vegetables, but really, they are fit for kings. There’s nothing an eggplant couldn’t do, I think, spongy wonder that it is. You […]

(Mortar and) Pesto, Three Ways

(Mortar and) Pesto, Three Ways

Jul 09, 2009

This spring, I worked as an organic gardening teacher at a Houston public school. It was at once inspirational and terrifying, as most new experiences are. My sister, who has been assisting at a summer camp, recently theorized that children grow up by sucking the life out of everything around them. A haunting way to […]

lemon bars

lemon bars

Aug 06, 2008

Last time I made lemon bars I tried a recipe with eggs, which made them puffy and nebulous. It might sound nice—billowing heaps of lemon-sugar filling on a thick shortbread crust—but actually, it was not for me. I prefer my lemon squares flat and chewy, tart and sticky: none of this fluffy stuff. I did […]



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