Looks Like Work or Looks Like Glory

I stood in the line at Costco. I was buying a handful of things, including a big 10kg bag of flour which was in my shopping cart as it’s a bit heavy to lift onto the belt. ‘Is this yours?’ the cashier asked the lady in front of me. As I opened my mouth to…

Going Away ‘Mom-guilt’ Baking

‘What are your plans for the day?’ I work part-time so there are days in the week when I’m off. Sometimes, on these days, when my hard-working husband asks that question about my day, my back goes right up. I’m not sure why I get offended by it, as most of the time he’s just asking out…

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…

M’hanncha: Moroccan Snake Cake

Friends and food are what Saturday nights are made for and often, through our own lack of planning, we end up with a lack of either. If Tim isn’t working he has a to do list for the day – loving to cross things out as he goes or if he does something not on…

Farewell 2014

So that is that…the shopping and the wrapping, the preparation and the planning, the expectation and the surprises, the baking and the feasting, the singing carols and christmas Muzak, the giving and the receiving, all the everything about Christmas almost ready to be taken down and packed away for eleven months. Even the year is…

Week 2 – Florentines

‘Forget Mary’s challenge and just do the showstopper’, one of my sisters wrote on my Facebook page the day after The Great British Bake Off this week. To be honest showing off my baking skills was not top of my to do list in the past few days and this is why my post is…

Cherry Cake Challenge, Birds and a bit of swiss roll

Friday. Day off. Changeover Day as one daughter is departing for Boston for a long-awaited concert trip and only son is returning from camp for the weekend. My first delight of the day, before baking, was watching some little birds expertly picking caterpillars off my kale plants. They were very thorough, enjoying their feast and saving me…

Ready! Set! Bake!

I am excited. Tonight marks the start of my favourite television series, ‘The Great British Bake Off’. If you haven’t a clue what that is, it’s a show on the BBC where bakers compete to be the Great British Amateur baking champion. This year I think there are twelve competitors. Each week they have to perform…

Hot Cross Buns

It’s an Easter tradition I love. Hot Cross Buns. I have no trouble getting up at the crack of dawn to make these on Good Friday morning. The reward is not only the sticky, spicy deliciousness at the end, but the smell of Easter through the house which beckons the other hot cross bun lovers…

Valentine’s Day Musings

So the good news is that it is Valentine’s Day and half way through February. Bliss. ‘It feels like spring,’ my youngest says, looking hopeful. ‘Is it spring?’ Definitely not. This is how I know we’ve become more acclimatized to New Brunswick weather. Temperatures around zero make us shed layers of clothing after the harsh -30°c…

Welcome to my English kitchen…in Canada!

In our house the kitchen tends to be the heart of the home. In every house we’ve owned, when we used to live in England and now in Canada, most people whether family or friends tend to gather in the kitchen. I remember one party where 40 plus people were crushed into the kitchen while…