Nuttier than a fruitcake

Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is snow on the hills it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know that some stores have had items for sale for almost a month now but I really do think that even a die-hard Yuletide fan knows they […]

Slow Food

Saving the world through food

I just returned from a trip to Turin, Italy, where I was a delegate at the Slow Food conference, Terra Madre. I do love to eat, and any cause centered around good food interests me, but Slow Food is a passion I have long held close to my heart. The ideal that the pleasure of […]


Time for the Great Pumpkin?

Just like on TV with Charlie Brown I had to smile as I saw Linus in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to come. Today, kids would probably be more taken with the footage of Snoopy fighting the invisible Red Baron from atop his dog house. Being an old-fashioned girl, I thoroughly enjoyed […]


Preserving sunshine

I can’t believe it is October already. I wasn’t ready to stop eating peaches or plums, and I haven’t made all my jam yet, and the pears are ripening faster than I can poach them for my Christmas hamper gifts. One of the things I love about autumn is preserving summer’s goodness with home canning, […]


Do you like leftovers?

We had a discussion this week about leftovers, what with the bounty of Thanksgiving dinner and the fun of preparing different flavours for everyone to try. It seems sometimes even though we diligently label them and put them in the fridge for later use they sometimes end up growing legs and coming out to greet […]


Changing gears

I have now unpacked my wool sweaters and long pants, and tucked away the flip flops and flimsy sundresses. The tender plants in the garden have been brought in or covered with mulch and the patio chairs are stacked up. And with most of the lettuce gone from the garden, I don’t seem to feel […]


Eating alone

I’ve been on the road this week, working away from home. It’s fun to have a change of scenery and to try out restaurants but I have to admit there is something lacking when you eat out alone. Sharing food with other people around a table is one of the most convivial activities I can […]


Food with a sense of humour

I was musing on what to write about this week, and as I sometimes do I scanned the blogosphere to see what wacky topics are being discussed. My curiosity was definitely piqued when I saw a blog called “Cake Wrecks” by Jen Yates. I remember some of my efforts at fancier cakes and the first […]


A last hurrah

She says: Can you believe it? Summer is winding down and soon the kids will be back at school and the routines will be back in force. Where did it all go, and why is it that time – especially summertime – passes quicker when you get older? We were lucky enough to have Chloae […]



Summer is the season that seems to be the most anticipated and the one that flies by the fastest. My garden works in the same way… everything sprouts and grows and flowers and then all of a sudden I am in a rush to make sure we enjoy it all. Radishes and lettuce first – […]