the miracle of nature's abundance and human ingenuity
Kitchen Alchemy is a catch-all for the ways we love to play with food - and with other non-toxic, fascinating stuff.
Ernie is a superb cook and baker. He specializes in scratch cooking and seafood, can accomodate almost any special diet or local produce. In the middle of the woods, or the Arctic Ocean, when he starts making pizza, a crowd will gather. He cooked a workshop season for Cob Cottage Company on $1 per person per day, rising at 4am to bake the daily bread. He makes amazing meads and fruit wines. He can do vegan "chicken" soup, wheat-free biscuits, or find a substitute for almost any allergen.
Erica is an adequate baker and indifferent cook. Her favorite foods (when Ernie's not cooking) tend to be fruits and veggies, or a cup of strong tea with cream. She loves to experiment, and to understand the science behind colors, textures, and flavors. She enjoys the chemistry: understanding how the structure of a cake, pudding, or bread holds together. Her fascination was honed during 4 years in OMSI's Chemistry Lab, and baking wedding cakes for 2 siblings. So she does the fancy desserts, artistic arrangements, and the "play with your food" variations on kitchen chemistry.