Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

Chef Michael Smith’s new Family Meals cookbook: a review and giveaway!

8 August 2014 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

So I may have mentioned (cough cough) that I’ve become something of a fangirl of Chef Michael Smith lately. But please believe me when I tell you that even if I weren’t already predisposed to great affection for the towering chef from PEI, I would still rate his new Family Meals cookbook as the best […]

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Ingredient of the week: cabbage – and a Food Revolution Day giveaway!

30 April 2014 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

When I was a kid, my dad did a fair bit of overnight traveling for work. I always knew my dad was on an out of town road trip when I smelled the unmistakeable odour of cabbage being boiled for dinner. My mom and granny loved it; my dad couldn’t stand even the smell of […]

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Join Jamie Oliver and Sobeys for Food Revolution Day!

21 April 2014 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

I love Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I was just beginning to think about learning to cook food rather than heat up food from packages when we started watching his Food Revolution television series back in 2010. Since then, I’ve become even more comfortable and adventurous in my cooking endeavours, so much so that when I […]

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Ingredient of the week: Pomegranates!

6 December 2013 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

Back in April, I had the brilliant idea for a series of blog posts on the theme of “ingredient of the week,” to explore new foods and share inspiration. I made it through Parmesan and kale. And now, after forgetting allowing the anticipation to build up for eight months, I’m back with another ingredient that […]

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Finally found a keeper of a stew recipe

7 October 2013 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

I am posting this here partly to share, but also because I want to remind myself how I did it so I can do it again! I have been looking for a hearty beef stew recipe for ages, and I’ve tried a few flops over the last few years, but this is the first one […]

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Curse you, Michael Pollan!

11 June 2013 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

When I read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto in 2008, it radically changed how I thought about food and eating. I took to heart then and still try hard to live by his simple prescriptive advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Every time I visit the grocery store, […]

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Operation “Get Banned from the Kitchen” – Phase 2

28 April 2013 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

Despite my best efforts so far, the family stubbornly refuses to ban me from the kitchen. One would think that more than a decade of mediocre cooking would at least leave them looking for an alternative, but they seem to show a remarkable tolerance for unremarkable food. A few weeks ago I played what I […]

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Ingredient of the week: Kale!

25 April 2013 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

This is the second post in a new semi-regular feature here on the blog. The idea is that I propose an ingredient and we swap ideas on what to do with it, and I’ll keep an archive of them here for easy reference. Last week it was Parmesan Reggiano. On that post, Karen specifically asked […]

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Bloggy inspiration: Ingredient of the week

11 April 2013 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

This is not a food blog. You might have noticed that. (snort) I may be a good writer, a decent photographer, a loving mother and a loyal friend, but I am hopeless in the kitchen. I cook because we need to eat and since I’ve already got Beloved doing the rest of the menial chores […]

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Kale Caesar!

9 August 2012 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

Here’s an actual conversation that I would have never in a million years expected to hear around our dinner table. Beloved, gesturing at salad: “Is there kale in this?” Me: “No, we didn’t get any in the CSA this week.” Beloved: “Aw, that’s too bad.” Me: “I know, but it looks like we get some […]

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