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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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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 quickie…. just to let you know I’m not dead….

Oh my – we’ve been crazy busy, I’ve barely had time to click a few ‘share’ buttons over on Facebook these last few weeks let alone actually write blog posts. Lord knows I owe a few … like how the … 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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An artist and their tools….

Digging out a couple old entries that somehow got saved in ‘Drafts’ but never actually published. This one on ‘stoves’ got saved for wanting to add what some of these much desired items are… Every artist has a thing about … 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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In which I consider the flavour of words

The very talented and astute Liz Feltam wrote a very nice essay yesterday on the dreadful thing that has happened to the word ‘Foodie’. While I really hadn’t given it a lot of thought, I do heartily agree with her … 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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He’s home….

Much craziness the last couple days trying to finish everything before he got back, which I didn’t – but the tomatoes got planted, the kitchen is largely cleaner, coconut cake got made (despite a couple failures at the icing – … Continue reading

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Two weeks down, two weeks to go…

Well two weeks of James’ month long sojourn back to Australia has passed – a lot of work has gotten done, admittedly not nearly as much as I would have liked – or as fast as I’d like. But a … Continue reading

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Still up in the air…

Like 99% of all home deals, there’s always a fly in the ointment somewhere. The home inspection on Tuesday turned up a few issues. Nothing I’m overly worried about, but as the buyers are in Ontario and have only the … 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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Everything’s better with bacon

Yes. It’s true. Everything is better with bacon. And now thanks to what Julia Child started on PBS decades ago, and is now continued on by networks like The Foodnetwork and the cooking channel and still by PBS and even … Continue reading

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More wishful, and hungry, thinking…

One of the things that has been wandering around loose in my brain for the past year (see … not all the rats in my head are BAD… is this idea that once we’ve moved and James is hard at … Continue reading

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My husband is a b*stid….

Oh my.. oh my ohmyohmyohmy…. This is an MKT90 mobile army field kitchen (MAFK???)… Dear hubby sent me the links – it’s for sale. For $5000 I want. I want this like I’ve never wanted anything in my life. It’s … Continue reading

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