Pantry basics – DIY Extracts

One of my Pantry basics includes vanilla. I must have vanilla extract in my pantry- which is why 2017 changed how I do vanilla. Most of North America doesn’t even know about cyclone Enawo, aka the vanilla bean destroyer – but ever since it stormed across Madagascar in 2017 – I have been making my…

Raw Cookie Dough …need we say more?

Have you ever just wanted to sit down eat a bowl of cookie dough and cry… No, no one – just me. Ok maybe that was too much information. This Covid isolation is really messing with my brain. I am constantly forgetting what day of the week it is. I literally have to input everything…

Fixes during a pandemic…Berry Pecan salad

Ok I will admit it. I love coffee culture. Sometime before the pandemic life and would visit that coffee shop every other Thursday, on payday and treat myself to lunch. I got a little TOO dependant. It began to hurt my pocket book. But the salad was SOOO good. I had to find a better…

Behind closed doors – Vegan Bouillon Base

If I asked you what was tucked away at the very back of your cupboard right now, could you answer without looking? Do you actually know what is behind your closed doors? Perhaps we may want to take inventory, while we still have spare time. Until we took our doors off our cupboards to paint,…

Ghost of Sauces past… Home Canned Pasta Sauce

Food memories, they are a strong force. I have read in psychology books that when a memory is coupled with taste or smell it lasting power is strengthened. That is why particular foods have effect on us. How your mother made bread, or dad’s burgers. I don’t have many distinct food memories that I can…

Cheers to Gummies

Gummies, what is with the texture that people love so much. They have love hate relationship in our house…my kids love them- I hate what they do to their behaviour. My sweet children become children akin to zombie apocalypse after eating just a few. I instantly became the evil no fun mom when I told…

New Normal … PB & Banana pops

Here in Canada, the media has coined the phrase “new normal” for the social isolation that has become a daily life. I recently read some provinces have cancelled Christmas festivities already, medical officers anticipating that this “new normal” will last 8 months or more. On the other hand I have also read other news stations…

Grilling Season – Veg Tofu Kabobs

Weather is finally warming up …again. Perfect for the BBQ. What is it about the BBQ that makes food taste so good? Flame kissed peppers, garlic and onions. It instantly makes food tastier – it is like it’s more authentic of a flavour. The best of BBQ is you do not need to get fancy…although…

Birthday Wishes – Pierogi Kisses

Traditions in cooking were not a big thing growing up. My mom wasn’t a cook. It was one of the first things I knew I wanted to do with my own family. Pierogi is a tradition in our home – no we are not Polish or German- we just love to eat it. Normally, we…

Rustic Bread and Dust Bunnies

There comes a point in most people’s boredom when people start to create, deep clean or purge. During this lockdown, I have heard of people starting those unfinished projects. In fact our hardware store was one of the first to have line ups for entry – proving that old adage when people get bored they…