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...

I like to think that I'm not an 'on trend person', but instead someone who hovers off in my own stratosphere where one is not behind, or ahead, but just doing their thing. Of course I can't avoid incorporating trends into my life; fabulous things...

Something for new moms and extra good friends. Despite the never ending bowl of clementines on the counter and copious amounts of miso soup, our family went down this week. Colds, aches, pains and kleenex everywhere. So I made stout ginger bread. It's my sister Sally's recipe,...

Where do I start? How about in Toronto, in the ravine. It's a lovely October morning, and I'm walking with my friend Victoria and her dog Zoe. Let's be clear, we are fast walking. Victoria is a beautiful force - her legs are long and her...

Where do you hang your tea towels? On the oven door? Stuffed into a drawer handle? On a bar in the cupboard under the sink, away from sight, where my mother-in-law used to keep her tea towels, three kitchens ago? Her husband would pull it out to dry...

This is the time of year for goals. A new calendar. A juicing regime. A fresh start. This year, with a nudge from my friend Misty, I'm choosing just one word to spark goals for 2018. It's not a particularly sexy word, but it works for me. The word is discipline. Yawn,...

I'm dreaming of a stress-free Christmas. My sister’s parents in law, Mila and Dave, joined us for Christmas dinner this year. For years Mila hosted 25 around her Christmas table. This year, they arrived as guests.  After dinner I flopped down next to Mila in the living...