roasted grape and brie flatbread

July 24, 2015
Roasted Grape and Brie Flatbread

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time in the attic room over the garage at my best friend’s house. Her parents both worked so we went to her place where we were free to do whatever we wanted without any actual parental intervention. The attic was set up with an old TV and a couple of couches. And a record player. We didn’t have cellphones, Netflix, or computers. We didn’t even think about drugs or alcohol. There was no social media as a constant distraction. Time stretched out in front of us in the most luxurious way – a way that doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Continue Reading…

a book giveaway!

July 20, 2015
Sir John's Table

If you’re interested in a free copy of my new book, Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister – please follow the link here for a Goodreads book giveaway.

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rhubarb curd

July 11, 2015
Rhubarb Curd

This is my lovely new site – no thanks to me, but instead – huge gratitude to the fantastic crew at the Mortimer Marketing Group in Ottawa. I’m so excited to have this brighter, cleaner, more legible, mobile-friendly/responsive space to work in.  Continue Reading…

two ingredient magic chocolate shell

June 28, 2015
two ingredient chocolate crackle topping

First up – some blog news – I’m migrating my site from to with a whole new cleaner, brighter, whiter, and more readable format. There may be a few hiccups over the next week or two as we make the changes, so I apologize in advance and beg you to please, please bear with me! I promise to do my best to make it worth your while… Continue Reading…

my father and an old Yorkshire recipe for mint and currant pasties

June 21, 2015

On this day – officially known as Father’s Day (the apostrophe is actually in the wrong place since this day belongs to all fathers) – I’m honouring my father. He was a tall, strapping Yorkshire man, with a thick Yorkshire accent. He grew up in the tiny village of Mytholmroyd and went to school with the young Ted Hughes (later to become the Poet Laureate of Britain) before he, my father, was sent off to Rishworth, a boarding school in West Yorkshire.  Continue Reading…

rhubarb sorbet

June 6, 2015


The other evening when I was out with my dog just after sunset, in the gloaming – that time  after dusk but before the full, velveteen darkness of night has descended – I watched a field of fireflies lighting up like fairy lights twinkling across the land.  Continue Reading…

rhubarb and strawberry jam

May 24, 2015


Do you remember the white rabbit from Alice In Wonderland?  The very late white rabbit who Alice follows down the rabbit hole as he sings, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!”  Continue Reading…

“the stark disappointment of words” and an easy flourless chocolate truffle cake

May 3, 2015

I’m a fan of writer Ann Patchett, whose book, Truth and Beauty, is one of my favourites. This week, thanks to the website, Brain Pickings, I came across a fantastic Patchett quotation that hit very close to  home, especially the last line:

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new favourite thing – sweet potato, spinach, and mushroom ‘lasagna’

April 25, 2015

layered vegetarian lasagnaIf you use any kind of social media – you’ll have seen the headlines proclaiming you’ve been doing everything wrong – and not just wrong but “all wrong.” You’ve been boiling eggs all wrong. You’ve been brushing your teeth all wrong. You’ve been making your bed all wrong. You’ve been driving all wrong. Shopping all wrong. Reading all wrong. Chances are you’ve been living your entire life all wrong… Continue Reading…

I haven’t answered your email because… / and a dairy-free chocolate mousse

April 14, 2015

According to Forbes magazine, most of us are spending more than one-quarter of our working week just answering or dealing with email. And that’s just email. Then there are the text messages, the telephone calls, and the time spent on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and LinkedIn…

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