I have a new name: Beauty Calistra.  She sees beauty in all things. She is an Eladran. She is magical. This is huge. I've officially been welcomed into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, a place formerly inhabited by my husband James (a true nerd jock) my...

A few days ago I was driving into Halifax just as the sun was rising. I had just taken the red-eye from Calgary; I was in the mountains over the weekend for a wedding. I love weddings. I love dancing. I love seeing old friends....

This is a shelfie - a shelf selfie, featuring just a few of Julia Turshen's cookbooks. Some she has co-authored; Small Victories is all her own. Julia Turshen is my guest on the latest episode of The Food Podcast. I asked her to come on for many reasons...

I have a little tree in my backyard. It’s the pretty kind with a skinny trunk that flops over at the top like Rapunzel’s hair, spilling its leaves to the ground. Someone else planted it a long time ago, long enough for it to be completely encased...

    Our wedding anniversary was on the 21st, the day of the solar eclipse.  I don't have to get all Bonnie Tyler about this. I'm not falling apart. If anything, I'm coming together. It's coming together: marriage, life, kids and, the kitchen. Yes, I'm talking about the new kitchen, again. But...

Fresh garlic is big on the NS farmer's market scene right now. I bought some last week and popped it into my basket. I already had a head or two of dried garlic at home, but wanted the fresh stuff, mainly for their stalks. I pictured...

I love collaborating. When you read this message, or listen to my podcast, you are seemingly absorbing one voice. Yes, these are my words, but those words, ideas, thoughts, recipes...

It's hard to boil summer summer essentials down to just one thing. There's the mineral sunscreen that I powder puff all over myself and my kids every morning. It doesn't irritate their skin and it's the closest they'll ever get to a spa. Or there's my...

Didn't Sheryl Sandberg say something like 'done is better than perfect?' I see you Sheryl, and I'll raise you one - 'Not done, but started, is better than perfect'. Below is my kitchen, as I left it last week. Since then I've been away at...

What's the recipe for a Haiku? I'll get to that. But in the mean time, our new kitchen. It's almost finished. There are little things to be done, like painting plaster patches and adding pulls to the cupboard doors. But other than that, all that’s left to do...

Bonjour! I'm in France on a Wilson family holiday. There are 17 of us staying in an old home in the midst of a vineyard in the Languedoc region. The area is full of craggy mountains, castles, Abbeys, windy roads, gorgeous towns and grape vines. Lots...

I'm dying to see the movie Wonder Woman. Have you seen it yet? My sisters and I watched Wonder Woman, the tv show, as kids - the crown, the invisible jet, that lasso of truth! She was, she is, just so WONDERFUL. But guess what? I've just...

Last month we said goodbye to my husband's aunt Jans. At the funeral her daughter Anneke spoke about a woman devoted to her family. An athlete - basketball, badminton, tennis, skiing. A long career with Unicef. A lover of summers at the lake. A woman who...

Typically weeds and scratchy things aren't that appealing. But last weekend at the market the Four Seasons Farm stand was selling bags of young nettles,'two for one'. I have never cooked nettles, or stinging nettles for that matter. Chances are they were the latter; five out of...

Ice Breakers Are Essential. Especially when you're in Ireland at a food and literary festival. You're there to harvest stories for your podcast, you're jet-lagged, there are hundreds of people milling around, but you don't know a soul. My old trick was to wear a jumpsuit. Everyone loves them....