Category Archives: Food

Diets, Diabetes, and Food Science.

I’ve been overweight most of my life…. I think I was probably 8 yrs old the first time someone mentioned it. My mother blamed it on my father. My eldest son was 8 when he first started getting a bit … Continue reading

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The Mirror Cake experiment – or The Great Vicky Baker Off Wk1

Hello again. We’re taking a bit of a break from Market Day Posts to bring you The Great Vicky Baker Off. For fans of the Great British Bake Off, you’ll understand this reference, for those who aren’t familiar with the … Continue reading

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Market Day – Chicken and Dumplings

The fall weather is well and truly here … cool nights, frosty mornings, and a craving for hot comfort foods, easy to make easy to eat, and smothered in gravy/sauce of some kind. In this a slow cooker, and/or a … Continue reading

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Market Day – Eggs Benedict

Geez, I haven’t updated in forever….. work, and new job applications and … Life getting in the way of art. However, part of being busy is work, and home from a looooong night shift I’m often keen for a hot … Continue reading

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Market Day Post – Cranberries

Riverview Farms has had a bumper crop of cranberries this year, and of course, I’m making the best of it. I love cranberries, their bright fresh taste gives you fresh fruit late into the year and they’re so easy to … Continue reading

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and the day dawned damp cold and breezy…

But I still love fall weekends, even when they don’t have that glorious late year sunshine. Thanksgiving weekend is always a bit of the embodiment of all that is marvellous and wonderous in autumn. Because I’ve never worked a traditional … Continue reading

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Letting someone else do the cooking… and the brewing.

Since we moved to Nova Scotia, James and I haven’t been doing a lot of dining out. We used to go out for dinner quite regularly – as in a weekly date night. However, truth be told it got to … Continue reading

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Adventures in plums

Essentially we have 2 kinds in the house. Larger elongated purple plums bought from the local grocery store, but locally grown, they’re quite sweet and, for the most part, free stone. And smaller, more like very large grapes, purple plums … Continue reading

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A Market Day Post – Not at the market, but here’s what we’re doing today …

I’ve been working a lot of hours the past couple weeks covering other staff’s vacation time, so with only one day off – today – I decided, much as I hate to miss a market, to stay home and catch … Continue reading

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Market Day …. In Spring a Young Girl’s heart turns to thoughts of …

Greenery. It’s been a long cold winter here in the wilds of Nova Scotia, and spring has been long late and cold in coming. There’s still not a lot of growing stuff to celebrate yet. Still the desire to get … Continue reading

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A cooking interlude…

On the heels of last week’s lost philosophical / political post, I am going to make a serious effort to recreate it, but in the meantime we’re taking a little break to talk about cooking. Normally Sunday would be a … Continue reading

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To warm a winter’s night – a Market Day post

Another Market Day has come and gone, and this time of year root veg is the name of the game. Admttedly this past week has been unseasonably warm but it’s still chill enough to crave thick rich warm soups. So … Continue reading

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Market Day…

Our local farmer’s market isn’t the biggest, but it’s a bright vibrant place with great vendors and a nice selection of offerings. Farmer’s Markets are usually the first thing we check out when we’re new to an area, or even … Continue reading

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More and more reasons to buy artisan beers…

50% of the world’s beers are brewed by six conglomerates. It just keeps getting more and more homologous. Fortunately, the nice thing about beer becoming more and more, dare I say it, ‘hipster’ is that one can now get craft … Continue reading

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Nummies…

Croissants, proof that God really did love the French after all… I’ve struggled a little with croissants, and by struggle I mean this is only the third time I’ve made them, but the first time I’d call them an unqualified … Continue reading

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Science.

Trying to break down some complicates science concepts into easily understood and digestible reading using everyday examples and analogies: DNA – they’re building blocks, just like LEGO. A 4 dot square brick is a 4 dot square brick whether you … Continue reading

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Enter a bit of harsh reality….

We’re really good at making plans. James, myself, no one is better at researching and learning and gathering together source information and putting together a plan. We are, less adept, at putting a plan into action. That kind of makes … Continue reading

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Braised beef short ribs

Browned some short ribs rubbed with flour in a 3 qt cast iron dutch oven, added 2 and a half onions chunked, 4 carrots and 6 baby potatoes chunked. 1 cup beef broth, 1/2 cup red wine, 2 bay leaves, … Continue reading

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Nope not dead… just baking

I know there haven’t been a lot of posts lately, and even fewer about actual WORK stuff. Partly because the work is going slowly and it’s all stuff we’ve done before. Hardwood flooring, painting doorways and door frames, spraying wainscoting. … Continue reading

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Braided Easter Bread

This week for something different I decided to try this Braided Easter Bread from Foodnetwork Canada. It came up on their FB page on Friday as the ‘Recipe of the Day’ and I love a nice eggy bread. So we … Continue reading

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Sundays with Pastries

Continuing our attempts to work our way through Baking With Julia – the croissants a couple of weeks ago just didn’t work out. They were edible and buttery, but not terribly risen, or fluffy flaky. Important note: when Baking with … Continue reading

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Sundays with pastries

It’s become my habit to test out new pastries each Sunday morning. As James does bacon and eggs on Saturday it only seems fair. Last week’s brioche based pecan rolls were a delight but got eaten before photos could be … Continue reading

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More food

Last night we celebrated a late Valentine’s – a habit we got into back in 2008 when James finally arrived in Canada for good on February 24th. The memory of waiting for him in the international arrivals area of Terminal … Continue reading

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It’s a white bread sorta morning….

It seems a bit odd – with all my recent success with baking yeast breads to post about a ‘plain old boring loaf of white bread’, but ya know the successes I’ve been having have been for the most part … Continue reading

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Another success in the oven….

For years I struggled to make a decent loaf of bread, all were heavy, unrisen, nasty failures. I bought a bread machine, and life was better. I started buying BREAD FLOUR Then I bought a big bloody Kitchen Aid mixer. … Continue reading

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