Tomato Bacon and Spinach Pasta- Leftovers

Christmas is wonderful time for many things, sharing & caring of friends and neighbours. The much anticipated parcels, packages and leftovers! Yes, the seasonal holiday foods tend to leave more then one leftover in the fridge. Especially if plans got a bit changed with lockdowns – I am just as guilty – round here we…

Food conspiracy- Dry Ranch mix

I have one child who is developing his taste for veg slowly. Very slowly. Dip is often requested. When it comes to creamy salad dressings I always questioned why creamy dressings could be shelf stable. If you think about it too long, you begin to wonder about all those food conspiracies. How much gunk really…

Yellow dresses & Earl grey lattes

What is your best outfit? Not only the one that is your favourite, but your best, probably cost a bit too much, or has sentimental value and you won’t let go of? You know the one that that you probably haven’t worn in ages since no event really warrants an outfit that special… Ok maybe…

Holiday Smells- All purpose Pie spice

Pie spice is the smell of the Christmas season in our home. Whether in hot cocoa, baked goods or simmering whole on the stove – it beckons the holidays ever closer. Come here, lean in and let me share a secret with you. Are you ready….your being scammed. It’s true. All those spice blends you…

Festive Friday- Salted Caramel PopCorn

Kernel popcorn stand was a big Christmas treat. My sister and I would walk past the stands in the packed Christmas malls and the smell of buttery goodness would waft through the halls. The brightly packaged tins of crazy flavours of popcorn made a yearly appearance at our house. Next to dill pickle (YUCK!) my…

Festive Friday – Checkerboard Cookies

Holiday Baking is a Christmas tradition in most houses. Since my mother was a business woman and not the cooking type – we did not bake cookies at Christmas. Instead we were given beautiful cookie trays and baskets from her employees as gifts. As I got older, my mother sold her business and I strived…

Lick the spoon – Pumpkin Spice Bars

I have learned many lessons over the years cooking. Like never trust the cookbook times, Vanilla extract makes the dessert and never omit salt completely. It was my son who taught me the most unusual lessons about culinary terminology … My eldest was 3 the Christmas I learned my most unique cooking lesson. We had…

Winter Blahs? DIY Tex mex Seasoning

What is it about winter that brings out the hot and spicy flavours of Latin America? If your like me I eat the most Mexican style food in the winter. Perhaps it is the wistful thinking of warmer weather, perhaps it is how it just makes your whole body cozy and warm. Maybe it is…

PreFab movement – Home Canned pineapple

I recently read a November 2020 article in chatelaine – What pre cut produce is actually worth the money ? Some of the items on the list made complete sense like mushrooms – which in my store are exactly the same price as whole. Others listed like pineapple openly stated that they knew that you…

Festive Friday – Homemade Party mix

It’s Festive Friday once again. So why not take advantage of the time and the sales. After all who knows if we will end up in lock down again. So each Friday we will bring you a new Festive Holiday favourites from our house to your phone or tablet ….you get the idea. Right now,…

Question of Faith – Apple Turnovers

What do you want out of life this season? This was a question our pastor posed from the pulpit. She encouraged the people not to be domesticated christians, but to be vibrant Holy Spirit filled warriors. As I sat there and thought, my mind drew a blank. What did I want out of life this…

Christmas already ? – Christmas jam

I went shopping today, and what did I see- Eggnog. Yes eggnog! the world has officially gone crazy. If it hadn’t already. I know other shops have decor and gift ideas but even the grocer has fallen victim to the extra early Christmas bug- Blame the pandemic – the need to make up lost revenue….

Keep those Bones! Home canned bone broth

A good stock is one of the first things you make in culinary. It is the foundation for many dishes from soups, stews to risottos and pasta. My teachers always said the signs of a good stock not just amazing complex flavour but that it gelatinizes as well when cooled. That is how you know…

Dressing? stuffing?….Cornbread stuffing.

Whatever side of the pond your on the side dish of bread cubes roasted in turkey juices is quintessential part of Christmas and thanksgiving dinners alike. Round here, we make our own bread to use for stuffing the week before the event. I usually use Challah at my house it has a nice texture with…

Fall fare- Pumpkin spice Syrup

We are kicking off our Thanksgiving with all things Fall. That includes, pies, stuffing, a great squash recipe and hot drinks! First up, the ever cliche pumpkin spice latte… but seriously they are yummy. Sources say 1934 was when pumpkin spice first started to rise in popularity as it could make bland ration food, during…

DIY – Honey Vanilla whipped body butter

Mask, Open door, sanitize, work, repeat. That is the way of the world these days and it is leaving our skin feeling a little more then neglected. With winter coming closer and closer and early morning temps in single digits – I knew we had to save our hides (so to speak) or risk some…

DIY baking mixes …..Instant Falafel mix

When it comes to instant mixes falafel might not be the first one you think about. Without a doubt is sure makes life easier if your a falafel fan! We went on a falafel kick early spring- Inspired by a vegetarian style fast- with a store bought instant mix from a bulk store. They were…

DIY Baking mixes – CAKES!

Move over Betty Crocker, we are making our own cake mixes! Yes you no longer need those over priced boxes from the grocer. Here are the Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker copycat recipes I promised you. There are always a couple of these floating around my pantry – yes, even a pastry chef needs a short cut…

Favourite things…. Roasted red pepper Tomato soup

The first heavy frost advisory rang out from my iPad today. It meant I had to get the last of my tomatoes off the vines or risk losing them to frost. I had at least 14 cups of Roma tomotoes I popped into a roaster to cook up and freeze for later. Roasting & freezing…

DIY Baking mixes, cornbread, muffins pancakes oh my!

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…