My in-laws, Rose and Peter, bought an old farm house near a ski hill in 1970. They had two small boys at the time. Rose remembers corralling them between the unlit fire place and the fire screen with a pile of fischer-price so she and...

Printed media has a way of weaving its own tale. Confusing tone. Making author gender assumptions. Cold, impersonal typeface is usually to blame, but every so often it happens with cursive.  My 'print confusion story' starts in my mother's kitchen, where all good stories begin. My...

 And last but not least, the Egg Flan. Must be viewed in motion. Restaurant - Azurmendi. Larrabetzu, Basque Country, Spain. September 2013. Chef - Eneko Atxa Architect - Naia Eguino. Lighting - Tom Dixon. Garden - In behind. Sustains the restaurant. Bowl- Marinated Blue Fish, tomato bush...

A few weeks ago my sister and I packed up the family cottage for the winter. While she packed linens, flipped mattresses and vacuumed sand from between the floorboards, I reminisced. I took pictures. I hung out in the shed. I rearranged beach glass in...

Over the month of July we (the crew at Clerisy Entertainment and myself) filmed a 6 episode cooking show pilot. During the development stages, Dale Stevens, the producer and director, emphasized the show would be 'host driven'; how I cook, tell stories, look and feel in the...

  It's time I took donkeys more seriously. Until a recent trip to Spain, I couldn't say the word without channeling Shrek. But everything changed that night in Sitges. We were dining alfresco, almost, at a restaurant aptly called, Alfresco. Part of the restaurant, deep within, is...

Warm, golden yolk on top- love or hate? My first yolk served as a 'sauce' rather than a breakfast dish unto itself was in a rustic Andalusian restaurant in the early 2000's. It was a cold and rainy night, so I ordered warm lentils with crispy...

My plastic green desk chair came from a Halifax yard sale. It was made in an Ikea factory in the 1980's. Who knows where it's been inbetween. I bought the chair because I liked it and it was was cheap. Lately my green chair has...

The day started at 5am with a food styling job for Dr. Joel, a naturopath who was promoting quinoa on Breakfast Television. My job was to make her display gorgeous, filling it with a cornucopia of quinoa cookies, glasses of chocolate banana quinoa smoothies,  quinoa...

The Larousse Gastronomique defines a croquembouche as a 'decorative cone-shaped preparation built up of small items of patisserie and glazed with a caramel syrup to make it crisp...