Happy Father’s Day

I was fortunate to grow up in a house of two cooks. My dad cooked on the ships for the Coastguard, my mom on all the days that dad was away, or wasn’t cooking. In our house, cooking was neither a woman’s nor a man’s job. It was the job of the person that got…

Mexican Chocolate Smoothie

I love smoothies for breakfast.  They are quick, easy, and can be a good way to sneak some extra greens into your day.  They are, however, not as much fun in the winter.  A cold breakfast on a cold morning just doesn’t do it for me.  Especially when the sun doesn’t show its face until…

Happy New Year and a Make-Ahead Breakfast

Hello and Happy New Year!  It feels kind of funny to say that now, considering it’s already the 16th of January.  Nonetheless, I hope that you had a festive yet restful holiday season. It’s been quite a while since my last post.  Unfortunately, I had to go radio-silent during exams, and when all was said…

Spicy Miso Soup

I’ve had spicy miso soup at least once a week for almost two months now. It comes together quickly and is warming on these cold and rainy days. I promised you all a recipe a while back, but I can’t seem to make this soup the same way twice. So, I’m giving you a recipe…

Wendy’s Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my favorite treats growing up was my mother’s homemade peanut butter cookies. They were perfect for dunking into a glass of cold milk. I remember watching my mother sitting in the living room, wooden spoon and mixing bowl on her lap, watching the news while she creamed together the butter and sugar. My…

Carrot, Ginger & Cardamom Soup

Fall has officially arrived. I love this time of year; the mornings are dewy, the evenings crisp, and the air is blustery. It’s time of year to get cozy and enjoy things that make us feel warm, from the inside out. I have a recipe for you that will do just that. This soup won’t…

How to Make Your Own Pesto

Traditional pesto is made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. It’s delicious served with pasta, spread on sandwiches, and as a base for your favorite homemade pizza. The problem is, it can be expensive to make. Pine nuts are not cheap and those tiny plastic containers of basil at the grocery…

Green Bean Kimchi

Earlier this month, I was inspired by Desiree Nielsen to make kimchi. I had seen her whip up a quick batch on Breakfast Television and thought it was time that I give it a go. There was only one problem: I didn’t have any cabbage in the house. Although we have several grocery stores within…

Canned Peaches in Vanilla Syrup

Most summers I will take a trip to the Okanagan, either to Penticton or Osoyoos, for some hot sun and lots of wine. This year the trip was short- just the weekend with a couple of girlfriends. We left Friday after work and made it home on Sunday evening in time for supper. From Vancouver,…

Home Canning Resources

Home canning is a great way to preserve seasonal foods for year-round enjoyment. It can also save you money and is a great tradition to share with your children or grandchildren. Below are some resources to help both new and experienced canners alike. Home Canning Safety (Health Canada): A brief guide on the risks of home canning…

What the Hell

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child

Turnip, Chard and Bacon Hash

Hash is a wonderful dish to make for Sunday brunch. It’s also a great weeknight dinner, if you’re a breakfast-for-dinner person, like me. Hash is best when you use leftovers for the starch component, but you can start with fresh turnips and it works out just fine (instructions are given for fresh). If you don’t…