torta pasqualina


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torta pasqualina – a traditional Italian egg pie – perfect for Easter

When my father died one of the things I inherited was a folder containing my old report cards, a couple of poems I wrote when I was in grade school, and for some odd reason, my Sunday school notebook. (more…)

“I don’t have time to talk”

lentils and riceI was going to write a post about manners and general rudeness after one of my new neighbours said to me rather curtly, “I DON’T HAVE TIME TO TALK.” (more…)

crystallized ginger and chocolate shortbread drops

007These are my favourite cookies.  Although I think I may have said earlier that ginger molasses cookies are my favourites. Both are fabulous. Both are my favourites. (A bit like my daughters – both are my favourites.)

Crystallized ginger and dark chocolate are a perfect flavour combination, though milk chocolate would be just fine too. And I love how easy these are – only five ingredients. Six if you remember the baking powder. I often forget. Seven if you count the pinch of salt. You can whip up a batch while something else is cooking in the oven and then, if such things give you pleasure, you can feel virtuous about using your oven so prudently. (more…)

rosemary honey cake with lime cream cheese icing

rosemary honey cakePooh always liked a little something at eleven o’clock in the morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates and mugs; and when Rabbit said, “Honey or condensed milk with your bread?” he was so excited that he said, “Both,” and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, “But don’t bother about the bread, please.”

from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne


the problem with lentils

caramel almond quickiesThis is the beginning of the fifth month of winter in Eastern Ontario. There’s been snow on the ground continuously since the third week of November.  And even though there are bits of winter that I love, like almost everyone I know, I’ve had enough.


how to date a supermodel

Monet PizzaThis headline, “How to date a supermodel,” caught my eye in a recent issue of The Economist . There’s not much danger of my even sighting a supermodel but…. (more…)

Viva la Mexico – enchiladas de verde pollo

enchiladas 1

~~ green chicken enchiladas ~~

All this week I’ve been dreaming of the warm Mexican sun, of stretching out on the hot sand, and walking into the ocean. (more…)


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