Black bean brownies don't jump off the page. Instead they linger there, catching your eye, asking, 'I know I sound weird. But try me. I dare you.' I love to bake, especially anything soft, chewy and dark-chocolatey. But as you know, I'm practical. I use what...

Use what you have. That's the line I say on my cooking show, LOVE FOOD, all the time. My goal is too discourage excessive panic-fuelled shopping: Don't go out for Thai curry paste if you already have Indian. Don't buy a pairing knife is you already have a good...

Up above there's an image. Inside the image is my name - christian, maiden and married. Beneath the name is a tag line, FOOD STORIES, with a breakdown of what I do - food writer | stylist | broadcaster. Under the logo is a mug of pea soup,...

A while ago, say, three bras ago, I wrote an essay called A Life in Eight Bras. Here's a taste: My house is filled with hot spots. Not the warm, cozy kind, but the little storms of matter and memories that amass when one woman, one man and...

Love Food is in full swing again. I get picked up every weekday morning, week on, week off, at 7 am, just as the sun is rising. I walk in the door at suppertime. It call it double-dutch hour - the ropes are swinging inwardly,...

In the spring, before wisteria had bloomed in Halifax, I went to the south of France, where wisteria had finished and star jasmine was everywhere. I studied in France when I was twenty one, before I had a real camera, before I noticed flowers, before I...

Who would have thought photographing granola could be so tricky? Conditions were perfect. I was taking a workshop with Hugh and Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen in Aran Goyoaga’s gorgeous Seattle Studio. Hugh and Sara shared their process with us – she made the food from...

Every November, for the past 39 years, a crop of writers, musicians, artists and performers arrive in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the Labrador Creative Arts Festival. The Festival works like this: During the day the visiting artists conduct workshops in the elementary, junior, high schools and...

Back in the 70's my cousin Sandy used to watch television in the basement for 48 hours a day. When he was hungry he'd go exploring in his mother Jess' deep freeze. Before Christmas there would usually be a stash of Jess' Cameron Family donuts in...

Certain recipes are a catalyst for relationships. I knew I liked that guy way back when. He was a great guy, and had tanned, salty skin from hours spent sailing. But really, it was his mother's chocolate chip cookies that got me. She would make...