Piano, Piano – aka Slowly, Slowly!

That’s how our kitchen renovation is progressing! One wee step at a time! Good thing we started this process in November! A pricey custom kitchen would be wonderful to have and if this were twenty years ago, would be well worth it! So, we opted to go for an IKEA kitchen only to discover the Swedes… Continue Reading…

A Gardener’s Hope

Or, maybe it should be “a hope and a prayer”… The radish seeds I planted are up as of yesterday! I’ve been thinking about the planting of seeds lately. It seems to me that gardeners are people whose glasses are half full and they are people full of hope for the future. Year in, year… Continue Reading…

Traditions (Is It Easter Yet?)

The coming of spring meant lots of things when I was a little girl. Easter school holidays (hey, it was the 1950’s so it was still called that), were high on my list, not being that keen on school! Then there were new “Easter” dresses, purses, hats and fancy shoes for me and my sister… Continue Reading…

A Man and His Bread

Am I glad that we can eat wheat! Otherwise, I would be beyond unhappy about missing out on my friend Chris’ amazing baking. I have been an enormous fan and supporter of Christopher Brown’s many delicious offerings ever since he opened Ecco Il Pane here in Vancouver in the early 1990’s. When that bakery cum… Continue Reading…

On Small Kitchens

I have been posting about our upcoming kitchen renovation off and on and thought I would “share” just a couple of thoughts! Here’s the thing, our kitchen is what you might call smallish, so I get all annoyed when we discover things such as IKEA and their “great” kitchen re-design. Apparently, done to accommodate the North… Continue Reading…

Celebrating a Milestone!

It’s my husband, Joe’s birthday today! Turning 65 is a rather strange feeling…it was our parents who were 65 not us boomers! Anyway…not a time to get maudlin but a time to celebrate that you’re still here and still young…or at least is in my eyes! Who knew that way back in the mists of… Continue Reading…

Stinging Nettles, Welcome Spring

I received a Tuscan cookbook a few years ago from my husband, who, I am sure had no ulterior motives! Italians have a thing about wild spring greens. They forage for them like crazy. Eating only root veggies all winter gets a bit tiresome and with those becoming in short supply, the new wild greens are… Continue Reading…