What to Cook Between Christmas and New Year

This is a special time of year when we all slow down, take stock, and look forward to a New Year. At this stage in the festivities, I want lots of comforting dishes that feel celebratory enough to feed friends and family without requiring a lot from me in return. If you’re in need ofContinue reading “What to Cook Between Christmas and New Year”

A Very British Christmas Conundrum: When to Eat the Christmas Feast?

I have always maintained that, despite the heavy influences of tradition, Christmas dinner is very personal. I may be Canadian, but my dinner is very much of the British variety: turkey with all the trimmings. Even so, there is one element of the British Christmas feast I’ve never quite got on with, and that’s theContinue reading “A Very British Christmas Conundrum: When to Eat the Christmas Feast?”

Freezer-Friendly Foods to Fortify your Festivities

An alliterative guide to using your freezer to get ahead for Christmas. I take a fairly ruthless and aggressive approach to preparing for Christmas, not out of some desire to smugly sit back on Christmas Eve with a glass of brandy, but rather to avoid getting so stressed out that Christmas ceases to become enjoyable.Continue reading “Freezer-Friendly Foods to Fortify your Festivities”

In Praise of Cooking Whole Fish

Though my first foray into cooking whole fish is relatively recent, I have come to the conclusion that cooking fish whole is far easier and more delicious than dealing with fillets. Not that I’m ready to give up fillets anytime soon; fillets allow you to be a bit more creative with glazes, crispy coatings andContinue reading “In Praise of Cooking Whole Fish”

Cameron Diaz Shopping While on Vacation

I’ve recently returned (mentally, not geographically) from a staycation, exploring some areas around my home patch in West Sussex, England. For the uninitiated, please know the staycation was a fabulous holiday, eliminating all the stress and hassle of travel while still experiencing everything I enjoy while on vacation. We explored a castle, a winery, someContinue reading “Cameron Diaz Shopping While on Vacation”

That Time I Built a Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog

Having not lived through the 70’s, in Britain or otherwise, I was, until very recently, unaware of the gastronomic showpiece that is the Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog. It came up during a discussion about Eurovision – another WTF cultural phenomenon – when someone advised the Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog was the ultimate in Eurovision partyContinue reading “That Time I Built a Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog”

A Mindful Holiday: Shrove Tuesday

Read on for why pancakes are so mindful, tips on getting the perfect stack, and a recipe for the fluffiest Canadian pancakes. Whether you observe the day due to its religious significance (feasting before the period of Lent), or just because you happen to really, really like pancakes (me), Pancake Day is one of theContinue reading “A Mindful Holiday: Shrove Tuesday”

Resolve to Reduce Food Waste in 2022

If you’re struggling to come up with a New Year’s resolution, or even if you’re not – one of mine is to spend less time reading tacky tabloids – consider this an opportunity to adopt a new attitude to food, and commit to wasting less. The reality is wasted food is a part of allContinue reading “Resolve to Reduce Food Waste in 2022”

How to get Organised for Christmas

This time of year, newspapers and online portals are overflowing with well-intentioned seasonal advice about getting ready for Christmas. The trouble is, the vast majority of it really isn’t very helpful. Flavoured butters, frozen-ahead canapes and pre-mixed cocktails are all very well, but not if you never planned to do any of that in theContinue reading “How to get Organised for Christmas”

Familiar Favourites

I am happy to report that after almost three years to the day, I finally made it back to Canada to visit my family. I hear you ask, how had it been three years?! Well, the first 18 months were spent adjusting to life in the UK, wedding planning and honeymooning, and hosting family thisContinue reading “Familiar Favourites”