Butternut Squash & Celeriac Soup

Butternut Squash & Celeriac Soup garnished with chopped apple & pumpkin seeds.

I have a confession. I let far too much food go to waste. I often go to the grocery store with no list or a plan for what I want to cook and I end up with a full fridge but no definitive plans for the items I stuff in there. You see, I love grocery shopping. I feel all giddy and inspired by what I see there and end up buying more than we need for the week. Since I don’t have a plan, 3 o’clock rolls around and nothing has been taken out of the freezer, or the […]

Creamy Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese & Tortellini

Creamy Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese & Cheese Tortellini

  I’m a control freak in the kitchen. I like to do things my way which makes it difficult to cook with other people unless they are willing to help out with the dirty work and then stand aside to let me do my thing. My husband is perfectly willing to help me by spatchcocking a chicken, which is a great way to cook a whole chicken, but really gross when you have to crunch through those bones. It brings out my wimpy, squeamish side. Simon is much better at bringing Timothy into the kitchen to help him cook. I […]

Cookbook Review: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

Brown Eggs and Jam Jars book cover

Cookbook Giveaway: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars When I first started blogging I spent a lot of time reading other blogs and Simple Bites and Under the Highchair were of two of those that I admired. I’m pretty sure I discovered Aimee’s blogs via PunkDomestics since I was spending a lot of time on that site my first blogging summer. I got into jam-making pretty hard that year. I quietly read Aimee’s work over the next couple of years and she became one of the people I was really looking forward to meeting at the first Food Bloggers of Canada conference back […]

Chocolate Madeleines

Chocolate Madeleines

Jan from Family Bites is about to welcome her third baby boy and along with a slew of bloggers we are celebrating this with a virtual baby shower. Jan is in the part of her pregnancy that feels like it is interminable. There is no comfortable position to sit or lay down, but that baby will come. I have a five year gap between my two boys so I forgot a lot of what it was like to have a baby in the house. I know Jan has an even bigger gap between this little boy and your other sons, […]

Steak Tenderloin with Sour Cherries, Port Wine Reduction & Goat Cheese

Steak Tenderloin with Sour Cherries, Goat Cheese and Port

Romance is not a big part of my life, unless you count my deep and abiding love for historical romance novels. In order to have romance in your life, you need to be partnered with a planner. My husband is not in this category and that is just fine. It would certainly be nice if he planned out an evening, thought a little outside the box when it came to our anniversary, but that is not part of his skill set. You see, I’m married to a very good man so I do not want to try and change him. […]

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Whenever I photograph recipes for the blog, I spend half my time yelling at George to get away from the food. I really love both of my dogs but they drive me crazy throughout the day. Buffy barks her fool head off whenever she thinks she hears something or the neighbour across the street gets into her car. George is getting into something about five times a day, which is showing that he is slowing down in his old age; it used to be about a dozen incidents of thievery or vandalism per day. George is 12 now and every […]

Introducing…New Baby Boy & His Nursery

Baby boy's nursery with neutral wall colour and pops of turquoise and orange for accents.

The anticipation, anxiety and preparation as we awaited the arrival of our second little boy are over. He arrived early in the morning on November 21st and it has been quite an eventful month and a bit since he came. Our 9 lb 2 oz boy is named Patrick but we often use the nickname we gave him, Kit. I had to step away from blogging for a lot longer than I had anticipated. We were busy preparing for Christmas and getting to know our baby boy when the poor little guy developed a condition called Pyloric Stenosis. Feel free […]

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. […]