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…

Vietnamese tofu spring rolls

January 20, 2016
Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls!

I love this time of year. Not because I love winter – but I love the fact that the days are slowly, steadily getting longer. I like the quiet of winter. The long dark evenings. The clean blanket of snow. The fact that it’s actually easier to sit at my desk now than it will be in six months when the garden will be luring me outdoors. Mostly, I love the fact that spring is coming, and then summer, and then autumn. It turns out that what I really love is the fact that I live in a place where we have four distinct seasons. And I spend a good portion of winter looking forward to the other three.
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