Vinegar Pudding

Vinegar pie is a dessert that was served during hard times as the ingredients were inexpensive and usually in the cupboard. I’ve read that it’s making a comeback at hip regional restaurants, but since I don’t live close to any of them and  we can’t reasonably eat an entire pie by ourselves, I decided to…

Date Turnovers

Dates have been part of our Canadian dessert repertoire since English colonization. Dates, the original dried fruit, traveled well and added sweetness to desserts when refined white sugar was expensive and often difficult to obtain. And now, due in part to the popularity of Sticky toffee pudding and its appearance on just about every restaurant…

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…

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,…

When we are sick

Before walk-in clinics, health cards, 24 hour pharmacies, and NeoCitran, people got sick. Usually it was up to the women of the house to deal with the illness and help the patient, and using common sense she did just that; good simple food and lots of rest. In praise of slow  and the whole person…