It’s ok to make mistakes

  As part of my recovery from my addiction to perfectionism (which leads to mental paralysis in all things) I am making my mistakes public. Rather then wait for the perfect recipe, the perfect shot, light, or catchy phrase, instead of trying to “sell it,” I’m going to own it. I have fibromyalgia and yesterday…

Plans #2016

What I plan on doing in 2016. Write more, post often Cook more, bake more, eat less? Stray outside of my culinary comfort zone. Learn how to use my new Nikon5300, it sits on my desk silently taunting me for my lack of digital camera knowledge. Strive to do something creative everyday. Build a second…

Pudding for bad days.

Every morning when I wake up, I hope for the best, from the day that lies ahead. I suppose, like most people do. I want to be an outstanding teacher (my real job), a good friend, an understanding partner, a kind and compassionate citizen, an amazing aunt, a caring step-parent, a good writer…maybe I put…

Mrs Dawson’s Date Cake Dessert

Where have dates disappeared to from our modern dessert repertoire? Historically they were popular because they were oh so sweet and because they shipped well and lasted forever. As a kid we always had a package of dates in the house for impromptu date squares. My grandmother, a young girl during the depression remembered being…

The Modern Family Cook Book

I try to limit my vintage cook book collecting to Canadian titles and publications, I need limits. But I can make an exception to my own rules. Recently I bought a book, The Modern Family Cook Book, by Meta Given (doesn’t sound like a real name?) published in Chicago in 1942, revised 1953.. This is…

Economical Custard Sauce

There are three things that stand out as remarkable on my first trip to England so many lifetimes ago; seeing Bob Geldoff and his girlfriend Paula Yates in all of their punk magnificence cross the King’s Road in London, traveling England to see XTC six times and finally having dinner with them in Edinburgh Scotland,…