Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Biggest serve?

Maths question for the week:

My mother made an egg and bacon pie without tomato for Josh, and an egg and bacon pie (the bigger one) with tomato for Imogen and I to share. Did Josh end up with the […]

Back to childhood, for a sugar overdose

One of my work colleagues shares my birthday, but as an American, had never experienced a typical Australian children’s birthday party. In a fit of silliness, we decided that we should celebrate in that style, with a throw-back morning tea that celebrated the good, the bad, and the ugly of kiddie culinary splendour from the 60s, […]

12 of 12, September 2012

This month the 12th sees me in Taiwan, where 2.5 days of work-related meetings came to a conclusion and allowed time for some sightseeing in the city of Kaohsiung. The Taiwanese are very generous and I have had a wonderful time.

I have also eaten way too much. The photos below are of breakfast (the purple play-doh […]

What all the fuss is about

Apparently macarons are the new big (small) foodie thing.

I’d never heard of them until recently and since I seem to be haunting cafes somewhat less frequently than I did in Melbourne I haven’t had any chance encounters with them. I came to know of them through a friend’s blog that records her pursuit of the perfect […]

12 of 12, February 2012

Earlier this week I decided that I had “moved in” enough that I could face the true test of having moved back to Tasmania: hosting the family Sunday night dinner. For a number of years this event has alternated from week to week among the homes of my Hobart siblings and parents, and as an infrequent […]


As mentioned in a previous post, one of my (few) culinary talents is to make cheesecake at the end of a day’s bushwalking on multi-day hikes. Before marveling too much at my brilliance, it has to be acknowledged that it is, in fact, a no-bake packet mix … but there are all sorts of tricks that […]

Mutant undead worms

The worm farm that I was running in my little back yard came to an untimely heat-induced demise last summer. Where once were thriving workers became then a stinky lifeless morass. They fell off their collective perches, ceased pining for the fjords (or whatever it is that worms pine for), shuffled off their mortal coils, and […]

12 of 12, November 2010

This particular 12 of 12 has a food flavour. I knew there were going to be at least two food-related events during the day, in addition to the usual breakfast and lunch, and so I decided to use this as the theme. In fact, “food” had been on the “reserve list” for theme-hood for a while, […]

Gastronomic reminiscing 1

A long time ago one of my Canadian friends asked me to provide some data for her Masters thesis concerning the role of food in shaping identity and relationships and memories and … well … a whole bunch of other neo-Jungian (or something!) stuff that I didn’t entirely understand about the social role of recipes. Anyway, […]