A Bit of Froth and Frivolity

Think of this post as the froth on top of a cappuccino. Later on in the week I may get to some decent coffee, but for now it’s bubbles. If I don’t get the words down quickly I’ll talk myself out of another post – this has happened a lot in the last couple of…

No Dishwasher, More Relationship

This isn’t really a ‘Taste It Tuesday’, more of an ‘In-the-kitchen Tuesday’. A little thought for the day. For almost a year we have been without a dishwasher. It’s inconvenient. It means it takes longer to clear up after baking and meals. It’s a chore. Instead of rushing to replace the dishwasher when it broke…

Brioche Baby!

What day is it? One day off in a week and everything is knocked out of kilter. I’m using it as an excuse for my first Taste it Tuesday in a while coming out on a Wednesday! We get so many book donations in the library. One of my jobs when I work on a…

Storm Buns

It’s a storm day. An interruption. An everything I’ve planned going out of the window day. It’s not unwelcome though. Pretty soon after waking up, checking school is indeed cancelled for my daughter, reading my Bible, finishing a book, I’m thinking about what jobs-I never-have-time-for I can get done in the house, but first, what…

Hot, Hot Soup for the Soul

I have a bit of a collection of cookery books. I don’t buy them as much as I once did owing to the age of internet and also working in a library. I do like to have my favourites in book form. I like books which tell stories as well as just list recipes. Over…

Almond Croissant Weekend

There are times when making daily meals is downright boring, but then others when I love it. When I enjoy it most is when we have friends and guests over. I think it’s because there’s an excuse to be a little more creative than usual…and I’ve planned much better. This weekend we had friends to…

Day One – Snow – and ‘Why all that Dried Fruit?’

We’ve been waiting for the snow and then bing, bam, boom, it’s here – just in time for the beginning of December. It’s almost unheard of to have two school snow days in a row, especially this side of Christmas (well, in our short history in Canada), and that is what we’ve had. Well those…

A Trip, a Carnival and a Cake Walk

My husband went to England without us. I guess that we have been without him so it was about time he had a turn. It was a strange feeling though seeing him off. Funny, I thought, I either go with our children or stay with our children. Who gets the holiday both times? Then I let…

Jaffa Cake Delight

It’s ages since I baked something new. It’s so hot and sticky in the summer and no one really feels like eating cake all that much. Jaffa cakes are one of the treats that my children miss from England – a kind of mini cake come biscuit – a fatless sponge with a disk of orange flavoured jelly on top…

Friends, Laughter…and Celebrity Chefs

A few weeks back my friend Sue rushed up to me outside Walmart, on a Sunday afternoon just after church (Shhh!). ‘I’ve got to tell you…we’re going to be filmed for TV at the market and meet Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin!’ It turns out that she’d been selected to be interviewed and her food…

The Simple Things

Bread gets a bad rap these days, I know. I shelve ‘Wheat Belly’ books at the library all the time. However in our house we have a weakness for the smell and taste of fresh-baked bread. I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief if there is some form of fresh bread served with supper. Curry must…

Cupcake election

    A day off – which must mean housework. There are alot of things I’d rather do than clean, namely write, bake or sew, go out, see people. A lot of things. Then again, when the house gets out of control I can’t concentrate on all the other stuff. There comes a point when it…