about

Mother, freelance writer, author; world traveler limited only by funds, time, and a large hairy dog; food-blogger and mad keen cook; chocolate aficionado, owl watcher, and serious outdoor activity enthusiast – I live on the beautiful northern shore of Lake Ontario in historic Kingston.

I was born on an overseas business trip.

By the time I was school-aged I had lived in three countries on two continents. My roots are in the rugged north of England – in Yorkshire where I spent my formative years before moving to Canada. Later still I moved to Australia – then back to Canada – then back to Australia – etc…. before finally calling Kingston home.

  Scenes around Kingston – a city of waterways and historic limestone buildings

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fall 2014        

I’m a former scientific copy editor turned freelance writer. In the rest of my life, I’m mother to two lovely girls and two needy animals, a big scruffy diva of a dog and a cranky old Siamese cat. I love almost everything outdoorsy though less so in winter when I try to catch up on reading, knitting, and Netflix. I’m partial to really good milk chocolate, well-steeped tea, the colour purple, British films, the night sky, and owls.

For as long as I can remember – I’ve loved being in the kitchen. One of my earliest memories is being in my grandfather’s ancient Yorkshire kitchen and rolling out the pastry for jam tarts. I was three years old. There, in my grandfather’s kitchen, is where I first came to know love. I’ve had an enduring love affair with food and history ever since.

Many of the recipes on this blog can be found in my book, A Taste of Wintergreen. (Wintergreen Studios is an off-grid, eco-retreat located on the Canadian Shield in south-eastern Ontario.) I favour tasty, simple, healthy cooking with a focus on fresh, local, and organic ingredients where possible. I don’t believe in spending all day in the kitchen. I like short, sweet recipes for delicious, simple, healthy, real food – with occasional lapses into chocolate lunacy and the odd cocktail.

Follow me to see what’s new in my kitchen – I’d love the pleasure of your company.

Lindy

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81 Comments

  • Reply Beverley Anderson September 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I have just joined the Wintergreen blog as, I too, love food and cooking. I also enjoy the loons in eastern Ontario, specifically, at 30 Island Lake off Westport Road. I look forward to our association. Cheers

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Beverley – nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog.
      Lindy

  • Reply Candy October 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Hi, Your blog looks fantastic :-), I have just nomimated you for the Liebster Award! Find out what it’s all about here:

    http://lovelybuns.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/raining-liebster-awards/

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen October 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Candy!
      And congratulations on your two Liebster Awards – your blog is just beautiful. Looking forward to answering your questions and passing this nomination on.
      Lindy

  • Reply Barbra & Jack Donachy October 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Lovely writing. Lovely food. Lovely site. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen October 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Thank you – that’s so generous of you. I also love your blog and am enjoying your Alaskan life…..

  • Reply Tonette Joyce December 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I added you to my list of nominations for the REALITY blog award. Please come and check it out. I truly enjoy your blog and thank you for joining me at mine.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      THANK YOU – that’s so generous and kind of you. I truly enjoy your blog too!!

  • Reply Food and Forage Hebrides December 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Glad you liked one of my posts – it means I found your blog, so thank you, another fine blog to follow! I’m new to blogging, so it is still a bit of a tentative experience for me, but love your sentiments (including the fact we share the same reasons for running – calorie burning – and personal challenge too, of course). Tracey.

  • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    One of my favourite things about blogging is interacting with other bloggers around the world. Looking forward to following your life in the Hebrides – what an adventure!

  • Reply johnnysenough hepburn December 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Thrilled to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award. Details within my post: http://feedthepiglet.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/blog-of-the-year-2012-04-and-happy-hogmanay/
    Happy New Year!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen January 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Oh my – thank you!! Serious gratitude.

      The unanticipated joy of blogging is the connections with others around the world.

      Happiest of New Year’s…..

  • Reply bakeaffairs February 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I love your blog, the beautiful pictures and great recipes are very inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply gotasté February 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for stopping by and liking my blog so that I can discover your amazing work. What a great site you have here! I really love it.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you! And I’m looking forward to trying your pumpkin risotto with coconut milk…

  • Reply Sue Zheng March 24, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Hi there! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and website. I saw your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I was wondering if we can do a giveaway for your blog readers?

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    We’ll pick our favorite challenge idea, use it on our site, and give the winner either a free digital health scale, slow cooker, or digital heart monitor. We’ve done many giveaways for bloggers in the past – you can google ‘SlimKicker giveaway’ to see. I also encourage you to sign up for our site to see what we’re about too 🙂

    Let me know if you’re interested! You can email me back at sue.zheng (at) slimkicker (dot) com.

    Best,
    Sue

  • Reply thebestdressup March 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  • Reply Fae's Twist & Tango March 27, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Congratulations, Lindy! You have been awarded: The Versatile Blogger Award & Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/awards-march-2013/
    Enjoy the Awards! 😀 Fae.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen March 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Fae! I just left a comment on your nomination page. Appreciate your kindness and generosity – and love your blog!

  • Reply Erinn @ www.more-sprinkles.com April 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, I nominated you for a Liebster Award, check out my blog post called “Liebster Award” at http://www.more-sprinkles.com

  • Reply tinywhitecottage May 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hi there! Thank you for stopping by and liking my post. I’m glad you did because now I found your lovely blog.

  • Reply milkandbun June 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Lindy! Just discovered your blog and so glad! Many wonderful recipes and nice pics! And I love simple and quick recipes, as healthy))

    Cheers,
    Mila

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen June 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Mila – Thank you! Looking forward to your blog too – but am on dial-up for a few days (visiting my mother!). I have to drink wine for patience while waiting for things to download… 😉
      Lindy

  • Reply Alain C June 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    You blog is beautiful Lindy! I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes. Thank you for your visit this afternoon, we all had a very good time.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen June 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Alain – how lovely to see you here! It was a beautiful and memorable afternoon in your magnificent garden. Thank you. xox

  • Reply radhika25 June 20, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Love the name of your blog! It evokes spearmint, peppermint, menthol and all things divine!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen June 21, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you… wintergreen is a special plant – manages to stay green all year long – even through our long, harsh winters. Looking forward to exploring your blog! 😉

  • Reply hearthomemade July 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

    You have created such a wonderful blog Lindy. I wish I had more time to check it out, but need to cease my internet activities for some months of intense work :/ Hope to be reading it later this winter though!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen July 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Thank you – that’s so generous of you. And I totally understand the need for some periods of intense work. I hope it all goes well. Look forward to following you and seeing more of you when you get through your next couple of months!

  • Reply Ada ~ More Food, Please November 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Lindy! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I always enjoy reading your posts 😀
    http://morefoodpls.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/versatile-blogger-award/

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen November 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Ada – that’s so generous and kind of you. And very much appreciated! xo

  • Reply badgerchemist November 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Just letting you know I’ve nominated you for the versatile bloggers award. I love reading your blog. http://adventuresparttimevegetarian.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/nomination-for-versatile-blogger-award/

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Hello Badgerchenist! How did I miss this – just found your comment and followed your blog. Thanks for the nomination and for finding me! Can’t wait to read about hitching a ride on the back trails of Wisconsin!

  • Reply Tuscan olive grove girl November 15, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Great recipes and photography – your site is a lucky find.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Hello Tuscan Olive Grove Girl – I’ve been missing a few comments here it looks like. Thank you so much for your note and I’m loving your Tuscan life!

  • Reply dedy oktavianus pardede December 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Lucky me find out your blog here my friend…
    keep sharing and inspiring then!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen December 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Dedy! Thank you – am heading over to visit your site right now. Looking forward to connecting in the blogosphere.

  • Reply ohlidia January 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    You have a lovely blog Lindy, I love it! I was introduced to it, and to you, via Johnny Hepburn and I’m quite glad that he did. 🙂

  • Reply Stacey Bender January 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Lovely blog site. Your book looks intriguing as well. Somehow, I accidentally erased your comment(and my reply) from my “about” page; not quite sure how but I didn’t mean to. Look forward to sharing recipes and stories if you check back again.

    What kind of dog do you have? From the photo, her looks similar to my first dog’s fur (Buffy). She looks pretty cuddly; no diva evident from that photo.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen January 13, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Stacey! I’ll see if I cannot resurrect the comment. My dog Lola is a golden doodle. She’s a darling. She’s my third daughter (the other two are the two-legged variety). I can’t imagine having two Lolas in my kitchen though – my kitchen is TINY – and my dog is one big fluffy, shaggy, boisterous character who loves, loves, loves to ‘help’ in the kitchen!

  • Reply Stacey Bender January 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks. I was able to troubleshoot myself; silly me. Lola is adorable and I can imagine has big personality. My two four-leggers are eager to “help” too but one of them (Ginger) is good about staying on her orange square, most of the time.

  • Reply thebestdressup February 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup
    .

  • Reply tableofcolors April 4, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Your have an interesting story and I’m sure a fascinating outlook on life after spending so much time in different areas of the world. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply love in the kitchen October 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Goodness – I’m finding this comment six months after the fact. Not sure how I missed it but thank you and I am so looking forward to reading more about your Finnish life.

  • Reply Sinfully Tempting June 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    You have such a wonderful blog, I’m so glad I found it through Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    • Reply love in the kitchen October 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you and I’m so sorry I’m only finding this comment now – something going amiss with my notifications. Hope to join Fiesta Friday again soon – and will watch for you there! 😉

  • Reply Selma's Table July 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    How lovely to ‘meet’ you via Fiesta Friday. I used to live in Winnipeg in my teens and early 20’s – 10 winters is how I refer to that period! My mum and brother now live in Toronto and I live in the UK, London. Look forward to reading more of your blog once my Fiesta Friday duties as co-host are over!

    • Reply love in the kitchen October 6, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Hello Selma – lovely to meet you as well. I just read your About Page – we have a shared gypsy past. Look forward to reading your London life.

  • Reply leftwithlouie October 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Hey there,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I enjoy reading your posts, so this is my way of saying thanks!

    • Reply love in the kitchen October 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Louie – so generous. I enjoy your blog too – a little connection to Australia for me!

      • Reply leftwithlouie October 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        I will be sure to keep posting photos to keep that connection alive and kicking for you!

  • Reply Schnippelboy October 16, 2014 at 4:36 am

    gute gemachter Blog, schöne Gerichte. Werde öfter mal schauen.
    Gruß Schnippelboy

  • Reply Laura mechefske July 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Love you Mum. So proud of you, and thank you for all the tasty memories. xoxoxoxo

    • Reply mechefske@yahoo.ca July 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply mechefske@yahoo.ca July 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Love you Laura M – to the moon and back times three hundred and seventy-nine times and more. xoxox

  • Reply Yana July 14, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I’m pleased to come across to your site! Can’t wait to browse more!

  • Reply Anita Kushwaha July 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    You have a beautiful site, Lindy! Your recipes and photography are mouth-watering. Hope you’re enjoying a lovely summer in Kingston. Must be nice to be on the water. 🙂 Looking forward to your posts!

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske July 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you so much Anita – and it IS wonderful to be on the water. I was paddle boarding on the St. Lawrence River tonight. Perfect weather for it. May summer linger on….

      • Reply Anita Kushwaha July 30, 2015 at 10:52 am

        Wow, that sounds amazing! I was wondering, will you be doing readings with your new book coming out soon? Any in Ottawa, perhaps? My publisher is trying to get me a reading in Kingston, maybe this fall. Still working out the details. 🙂

        • Reply Lindy Mechefske August 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

          Please let me know if you’re coming to town. And yes, I’m hoping to get to Ottawa too! 😉

          • Anita Kushwaha August 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm

            Wonderful! Let me know when your reading is and I’ll be happy to attend. 🙂

      • Reply Anita Kushwaha July 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm

        I totally agree! I’ve always wanted to live on the water. By the way, I nominated your blog for the Starlight Blogger Award. Here’s a link to the post: https://anitakushwaha.wordpress.com/nothing-like-blogger-love/
        You can totally pass on this if you’ve already participated or don’t have the time. 🙂

  • Reply chef mimi August 31, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Has your photo always been on your about page? I usually check out the bios for curiosity sake, but maybe I missed yours, or did you add it when you changed blogs? anyway – i did a post a while back where I begged people to show themselves and reveal a little more about themselves. on some blogs, you don’t even know the gender of the blogger, where they live, nothing!!! it still bugs me, but then, i might be a little weird.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske August 31, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Yes, Mimi – my photograph has always been there but when I had my blog redone – they moved things around a bit. I totally agree about knowing something about a blogger. In fact – I teach a food writing class and one of the things I tell people is that it is MUCH harder to develop a following if you don’t reveal something of yourself. It’s an interesting balance – some people are afraid to reveal anything – others are over the top! One of the things I love about your blog is that you’ve shown us your travels, your kitchen, and talked a little about your family. I think you’ve mastered the balance PERFECTLY.

      • Reply chef mimi August 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

        Oh thank you for that! You’re so accomplished – I love your life! I try not to be too revealing about my family because mostly I don’t think they appreciate it. But it does make sense that you can have a better rapport with someone if you know a little about him/her. What I don’t like reading on blogs is how someone has thrown up for days. that’s too much info for me!!!

        • Reply Lindy Mechefske August 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

          Mimi – you’re lovely but really, I’m not accomplished. Really so ordinary and loving it! And oh my goodness – I couldn’t hit the unfollow button fast enough if I read that. 😉

  • Reply Shari September 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I found your blog through Suzanne at A Pug in the Kitchen. I so enjoyed reading your most recent post and About page. I am from Arizona and our fall seasons could probably not be more different. It is supposed to be 108 degrees on October 1st! I have to experience fall vicariously through others and through baking things like your pumpkin scones! 🙂 I am looking forward to following you.

    • Reply Lindy Mechefske September 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Shari – thanks so much for your lovely comment. WOW – 108 degrees on October 1st! I don’t envy you that. But the truth is, it will soon enough be minus 25 C here and we’ll be dreaming of Arizona.
      Also looking forward to following you!

  • Reply Ian Kinross December 27, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hi Lindy, a quick note to say thank you for telling the personal, political and culinary story of Sir John A. My sister gave me your book, Sir John’s Table. First time I have understood the man and his times, and I look forward to trying some of the recipes, likely starting with the tourtière. Best of the season to you. Ian K.

  • Reply Lindy Mechefske December 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Ian, thanks so much for getting in touch and for the heartwarming comment. So kind of you.
    All the very best to you and yours.
    Lindy

  • Reply Mrs. Jenifer Slack February 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I am enjoying reading Sir John’s Table very much. I was wondering if you would have or know a recipe that was in my mother’s British second world war cookbook -large blue covered.
    The recipe was Melting Moments. They were large crescent shape with a cherry in the middle. They were not very rich and were rolled in oatmeal.
    I asked my relatives in Britain with no luck.
    Thank you for your help Lindy,
    Jenifer

    • Reply Lindy February 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Hello Jenifer,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch. I loved getting your comment because it brought back so many memories! I don’t know the particular cookbook that you mention but my mother used to have a little cookbook (actually more like a pamphlet) from the Be-Ro Flour company which had a recipe for Melting Moments. I remember her making them when I was little. They were round, rather than crescent shaped but I think they might be quite similar….

      Melting Moments Makes 30
      65 g (2½ oz) margarine
      40 g (1½ oz) lard
      75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
      ½ medium egg
      1 x 5 ml spoon (1 tsp) vanilla essence
      150 g (5 oz) Be-Ro Self Raising Flour
      oats or desiccated coconut
      glacé cherries

      1 Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease two baking trays.
      2 Cream the margarine, lard and the sugar until very light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
      3 Stir in the flour and mix well.
      4 Roll walnut sized pieces of the mixture into balls and toss in rolled oats or desiccated coconut.
      5 Place on baking trays, flatten slightly and place a small piece of cherry on each biscuit. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
      N.B. To help shape “ball” type biscuits, slightly dampen the hands.

      I’d love to hear how these work out. Not sure I’d use lard and margarine – but this makes sense because butter was rationed at the time.
      All the best,
      Lindy

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