What do you think about when you daydream?  Sometimes questions flow in an interview that I would never ask a person, let alone someone I had just met minutes before. But interviews create a sense of urgency. You want to capture the essence of a person,...

I grew up with bits of the beach dotted all over our house. My parents lived on Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia before they had kids. Based on their finds, it looks like beachcombing was their favourite pastime. I picture my dad...

Miso. At first glance, it resembles smooth, pale peanut butter. Or butterscotch sauce, when it has hardened just enough to still be spreadable. Miso usually comes in a glass jar or a plastic, cube-shaped tub, and sits in the back of my fridge for ages between...

We’re celebrating Claire Ptak from Violet Bakery over here at The Food Podcast HQ. Claire (the star of episode 24) has been chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to make their wedding cake. The couple have requested a lemon and elderflower cake, to reflect the...

I'm in Costa Rica with the Wilson Clan, all eighteen of us, and things are surfacing. If you’ve been reading along for a while, you'll know that we travel en masse and we’re a well greased (and often greasy) machine. My husband and three brother in laws...

The bathroom took my breath away. It was forest green, shiny brass and pine, the hottest combination of 1984. The toilet was forest green. So was the hot tub and the walk-in shower. The floor was carpeted, and guess what, it too was forest green....

Why We Bake The other night my son Charlie was hanging out with me in the kitchen while I baked. He had just come home from a ski race and was skiing around gates, if you can picture it, through the kitchen. I asked him, what's your favourite...

My sister Jessie used to wear a t-shirt with the words SOUP RUINED MY LIFE spread across the front. She had this shirt made; this was her custom message. Soup was really a metaphor for having to live at home during university. Our father was faculty,...

So I bought a Fitbit. This skit is hilarious. Take a moment to have a look and know that I know that you know that I’m pathetic, then come back to me. The new ‘watch' is part of my ‘use my phone less’ regime. Fitbits gently vibrate when...

I’m interviewing Alexander McCall Smith for The Food Podcast today. I've been thinking about this day ever since November when Mr. Smith spoke at the Halifax Central Library to a packed audience of mature women. He had recently published the eighteenth book in his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective...