It’s mid-November (what? how?!) and the temps have definitely dropped. In fact, it’s been ever so lightly snowing all morning. And with the shift in weather, my thoughts begin to turn to pre-pre-holiday flavours. I’m not in full on festive mode yet, but I am craving warm spices and cozy tastes. Ginger is the taste of November (as you can also see here in my ginger oatmeal cookie). Continue reading
It was our first time as a family, and though it was a chilly day, it was beautiful. The trees on the Niagara Escarpment at the end of the orchard were in their full autumn glory, creating a backdrop that was just a riot of colour. Continue reading
I started this blog in part because the foodie in me had taken over another one, which became wildly unfocused as a result. I also embarked on becoming a “food blogger” proper because I wanted to share my love of food with others. I chose “journey” as a way of framing the experience, but I think I’ve lost the plot. Continue reading
20 years ago, my soon to be husband and I found ourselves walking through the doors of a new (to us) church. Well, actually we walked through the doors of a local public school where this church met at the time. What we knew about Mennonites couldn’t fill a bonnet. Having been through St. Jacobs, where many Old Order Mennonites live, we didn’t know that not all Mennonites live the horse and buggy life. We soon learned.
If you’ve been around my blog long enough, you’ve no doubt noticed that my posts are quite seasonal (and often begin with a mention of the weather, which got quite cool last week, then warm again, and has evened out now). As a result, there tends to be a theme over the course of any given few weeks. Stone fruits in the summer, greens and such in spring, and right now? Apples.
So I haven’t had much to say lately, it seems. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking, or eating, or trying new foods. I certainly have. In fact, I’ve been doing a lot. Continue reading
Tomato salsa is great. There is decent stuff available in jars year round, and in late summer I love making my own. But fruit salsas are special. Sure, some stores sell mango or pineapple variations, but they aren’t the same as pieces of fresh fruit, heaped on a chip or served alongside sausage or halloumi style cheese (check out my cherry basil salsa from last year).
Summer is in full swing and we’re enjoying it. Join me this week for a look back at some of the wonderful recipes that have come from the bounty of this part of the season. Continue reading
Yes, it’s summer. Yes, it’s traditionally hot. And it has been. But we’ve returned to reasonable temps, with open windows, lovely breezes and comfortable nights. It’s not typical, which may explain my equally not typical in summer urge to fire up the oven and bake. But I must be out of practice.