Hi, and thanks for visiting!
I’m Lindy Mechefske, author of Ontario Picnics: A Century of Dining Outdoors; Out of Old Ontario Kitchens and Sir John’s Table, (these last two both Taste Canada Gold Award Winners for Culinary Narratives); and A Taste of Wintergreen. I’m also a regular contributor to magazines and literary journals; and the food columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard (Canada’s oldest newspaper). My publications list can be found under the heading Books & Publications.
In the rest of my life, I’m a mother, feminist, sporadic food blogger, a world traveller limited only by funds, an enthusiastic cook and eater, an owl watcher, dog lover, and serious outdoor enthusiast. I live along the beautiful north shore of Lake Ontario.
I’ve spent far too much of my life moving between cities, countries, and continents and am always longing for the people and places left behind. 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 – and back to Australia, etc., (three times in all) before finally calling Ontario home.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved being in the kitchen. One of my earliest memories is of being with my grandfather in his ancient Yorkshire kitchen, rolling out the pastry for jam tarts. I was three years old. There, in my grandfather’s kitchen, I came to know love. I’ve had an enduring love affair with food and history ever since.