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
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
It’s been an up and down week. Our little girl needed dental work under general anaesthetic, which went incredibly smoothly, but was anxiety inducing in the time leading up to the appointment. The weather has gone from gorgeous to understandably seasonal (read – muggy & hot), but it produced a gorgeous storm. And just as I was settling into strawberries, cherries appeared! I don’t think I’ve ever bought them this early. They are firmly a July harvest, in my mind. Continue reading
It got hot this week. Like, for a day it got really hot. And humid. And uncomfortable. Partly because we still haven’t turned on the air conditioning yet. But that’s okay. Because the heat did something else. It spurred the local early strawberries to ripen. And ripen they did! It’s strawberry season! Continue reading
Hi. I’m back. It wasn’t the hiatus that I’d expected, and I didn’t quite accomplish what I wanted to with this space, but I can’t keep things on hold indefinitely while I sort out techy issues. Plus, the garden is producing food again! So how can I stay away? Continue reading
There is something about lemons and Easter. I don’t know what it is, but I lost track of the number of lemons I used this past weekend. I made fresh lemonade, a lemon, garlic and oregano rub for a grilled leg of lamb, and I squeezed lemon over roasted golden beets… I was going to make a modified version of this lemon vinaigrette, too, but I thought it might be too much. As it was, this cake, with it’s glaze and sauce, packed a lemony punch all on it’s own. Continue reading
These were supposed to be blueberry muffins. I was all set to make blueberry muffins. The kids had an event and needed a snack, and blueberry muffins would be perfect. Except…
I can’t help myself.
I am incapable of making my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe the same way twice. I’ve changed up the chips, added cocoa, used different flours and extracts… My family, oddly enough, has never complained.
So many maple memories
Growing up where we are in Southern Ontario, every March brought with it a few things. The promise of spring, a break from school, and a trip to the Sugar Bush. I think we went every year, at least through grade 5 or 6. And I can recall going a few other times, either with family or with a local community group.
By grade 3 I could have given the tour. I probably still could. From the hollowed out birch troughs in which fire heated stones were dropped into pure sap, over and over, until just the syrup remained, to the innovation that was the tap, allowing trees to be harmlessly relieved of their nectar season after season, to the modern plastic piping and glorious sugar shacks where the liquid was carefully tended to ensure the end result would be properly viscous and sweet. The process is time consuming, but can even be tackled at home, if you have a couple of sugar maple trees. Don’t believe me? Read this wonderful post by my friend Tiffany at Eating Niagara (then follow her blog – you won’t be sorry), Continue reading
The sun shone yesterday and it was “warm” enough to go out in a light jacket. Sure, it was only about 10C, but it was welcome. There was warmth in the sun as it poured over my face! We had a similar day this past weekend, and I took advantage of it to grill some steaks, which I haven’t done since December.
The weather further inspired me to crave cornbread. Well, the weather and a random comment, probably on Twitter. Some days the product of my kitchen is also the product of my impulsiveness. It’s good that I don’t have copious amounts of good chocolate and cream on hand very often. Continue reading