Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

This did not start with me. I remember my mother oiling brown paper bags to line Grandma’s cake tins that were only ever used for Christmas cake. I remember my parents diligently drizzling brandy over the cakes stored in the cold cellar once a week in the month leading up to Christmas. In all those years that my mother made those cakes for my dad, I never had a piece. They seemed strange and full of lumpy fruit and nuts that I avoided as a child. Mom drifted away from making Christmas cake sometime in my teenage years. She still […]

Gatherings Cookbook Review

Delicious and simple chicken fingers that will be a staple in our house from now on. Recipe available in the cookbook: Gatherings by Jan Scott & Julie Van Rosendaal

In the era of Pinterest when everything seems perfect in other people’s homes, entertaining can seem to be a daunting task. It can feel like if you can’t put together a magazine worthy tablescape or pinnable spread for a kid’s birthday party you are somehow not quite up to snuff. There is certainly a time and a place to go all out and bring out your best decorating ideas and make some fancy appetizers; perhaps even set up a cocktail bar with fancy simple syrups and garnishes. Some kids’ parties really need a good bar, don’t you think? Just kidding! […]

Rich Cocoa, Beef & Mushroom Stew

A rich beef and mushroom stew with traditional flavours, perked up with the savoury addition of cocoa powder.

One thing people will tell you ad nauseum about having a baby is how much it will change your life. I don’t wholly disagree with those people but at the same time I don’t feel as though my life was turned upside down with the birth of my first son. My husband and I have talked about this quite a bit. I think it is because we have always been home-bodies with little extra money to do things like have a nightlife or travel much. If you travel a lot and are a partier, then yeah, your life will change. […]

Spiced Pear and Almond Muffins

Spiced Pear and Almond Muffins 2 edit

Baking is becoming a bonding ritual with my son lately. I know that I will never have a daughter and I have tried to interest my son in dolls, colouring, and other so-called girly things so that I can find something to do with him that I can relate to. My husband plays well with him; he wrestles, makes paper airplanes and builds things with him. Since I was making muffins again, I figured the best thing to do was include him. I didn’t make a grand lesson out of it; I just had him help. Some may be more intentional […]

Mango Raspberry and Kale Smoothie

Mango Raspberry and Kale Smoothies

I’ve long been a fan of smoothies. I try to cook healthy food and make sure that I get lots of fruits and vegetables in me but I often fail. When I say fail, I mean I have cereal for two meals and maybe some toast or a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. I’m better at making sure Timothy gets some healthy food in him than I am myself. It is days like these that I turn to smoothies. I try to keep some sort of leafy green on hand and I will use either spinach or kale in a […]

Double Batch Gluten Free Fruit Crisp Topping

Double Batch Gluten Free Fruit Crisp Topping

I still feel as though I haven’t gotten my cooking mojo back since it evaporated when I felt sick 100% of the time in the first trimester of pregnancy. Now and then I get the mood to cook and I throw myself into it by making extra for the freezer. I’m going to be hitting batch cooking pretty hard over the next couple of weeks as I wait for this little boy to make his debut. We have the little guy’s room ready and I will give you a tour after he arrives. Home Sense has been my saving grace when […]

Big Harvest Potluck – My Perspective

Beautiful view from the bridge as I walked over the bridge to our hosts' beautiful garden on the first evening of #BHP1

  I’ve been watching the Big Summer Potluck from the sidelines of social media for a couple years now. I would see the hashtag crop up every summer and my curiosity would lead me to snoop around on Instagram and Twitter to see what it is all about. This conference appealed to me much more so than other big American conferences such as BlogHer Food. I don’t think I could handle the sheer number of attendees and mad scrambles to find a seat at the different workshops. It is simply, not for me. You see, I’m pretty shy. I’ve always […]