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”

My Edible Garden

I love this time of year because I am reminded just how magical the food growing process really is. Anyone who has seen apple blossom in its full glory will know what I’m talking about: a breath-taking display of beauty designed to lure in pollinators, and will soon become a wonderful source of food forContinue reading “My Edible Garden”

Basil Salt

If you’re looking for a hostess gift, a small batch of basil salt is a surprising and useful foodie present. Show up with a small, attractive jar of the salt, some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes procured from your local farmer’s market or specialty shop, and a bottle of really good olive oil. I, for one, wouldContinue reading “Basil Salt”

Easily remove sausage meat from its casing

One of the least enjoyable kitchen tasks is the act of squeezing sausage meat out of its casing to add to pasta sauces, stuffed peppers or sausage rolls. Instead, use a sharp pair of scissors (or a paring knife) to score the casing down the length of the sausage, then flip the meat out andContinue reading “Easily remove sausage meat from its casing”