Beets Margaret Atwood

March 12, 2017
Beets Margaret Atwood

Sometimes you fall head over heels for a book. It’s such a great feeling. Over the years, there have been a few… The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Beauby, My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. And others of course, too many to list. My latest addition is the luscious food book, A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World, by Susan Musgrave. It’s the source of the rather fabulously titled, Beets Margaret Atwood.

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happen-to-be-vegan Valentine’s Day cookies

February 11, 2017
happen-to-be-vegan Valentine's day cookies

It’s Valentine’s Day this week and I’m celebrating by making these happen-to-be-vegan Valentine’s Day cookies. So much more than just a pretty face, these cookies have four ingredients, are a breeze to whip up, and are beautifully soft and delicious, almost disproportionately so when you consider how simple the ingredients are. Plus they’re good for the planet.

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on New Year’s resolutions and Chef Rundle’s borscht with vushka

December 31, 2016
Carolyn Rundle's Borscht and vushka

I love the prospect of a new year. The clean slate. The potential. The chance to reinvent, to create, to start afresh. I can’t be bothered with New Year’s eve festivities. It’s the brand new year itself that appeals to me. All that promise just laying in wait….

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Tarta de Santiago

November 25, 2016
tarta-de-santiago

I did it! I walked 800 kilometres (500 miles) across Spain. It was brilliant. A long, slow, meditative walk across the country, over mountain ranges and across plains, through farms, villages, cities….

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chocolate tahini cake

October 7, 2016

this will have to be the fastest post ever. I’m about to board an airplane – heading to Paris – and then by train to St. Jean Pied de Port. And from there, 800km by foot across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I’m about to walk my dream….  Continue Reading…

a pressed-crust pear and almond tart

August 15, 2016
pear tart

It’s been so hot this summer. And so dry. The driest summer in Eastern Ontario since 1888. It reminds me of my years in Australia – especially the drought years when the heat seeped up from the floor boards and down from the attic, filling every crack, every corner of the house, while outside the yard baked hard and dry under the intense Australian sun. Continue Reading…

a summer salad of arugula, cherries, and chèvre

July 12, 2016
summer salad of arugula, cherries and chèvre

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how fortunate I am living this sweet, simple, happy life here in Kingston. I love this place. The shabby-chic-ness of it. The history. The old stone buildings. The massive waterways. The proximity to other places – Montreal, Ottawa, the Adirondacks – and yes, Toronto. And better yet, how fast I can leave everything behind and be in the middle of nowhere. Continue Reading…

a one ingredient sorbet

June 17, 2016
Banana Sorbet

Though this may not seem the place for it, it feels impossible for me to write here without at least acknowledging recent horrendous events in Orlando, along with the brutal rape in Stanford, the murder of British MP Jo Cox, and the senseless violence between drunken hooligan soccer fans in France.  Continue Reading…

happen-to-be-vegan chocolate chip cookies

June 2, 2016
happen to be vegan chocolate chip cookies

Chuck out all your old chocolate chip cookie recipes. Throw them out now because some genius just re-invented the wheel. Actually – genii. Two women, Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga, founders of New York’s Ovenly are responsible for this just-happens-to-be-vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you don’t know about Ovenly, you can read more here. Continue Reading…

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