My son calls and tells me he is sick.  This is a 26-year-old man but what’s a mother to do?  Make him chicken soup and I need to make it fast.  I love the aroma of chicken soup simmering on the stove top for a few hours but now I have an Instant Pot so […]

Well, I broke down recently and bought the kitchen appliance of the year — the Instant Pot.  At first I was taken aback by a pressure cooker-slow cooker-sauté machine plus dozen of other functions-cooker, but I was curious and wanted the challenge.  There are so many dedicated websites and blogs with recipes about the Instant […]

This all started with a visit to my parents and I see that my father has sprinkled a spice blend on his fried eggs.  Dad, I say, what type of salt and pepper is that?  He says, it’s an everything bagel spice that your sister brought me from Trader Joe’s in the States. So I […]

There are two ways I prepare for dinner.  The first is, choose a recipe, buy the ingredients and make the meal.  The second is, check what I have in my freezer or pantry and refrigerator and find a recipe that suits the ingredients.  Today I chose the latter, as I had some frozen haddock that […]

I know I lean towards the middle eastern spice palette but every one in a while a new flavour intrigues me. A few weeks back my friend, Cheryl, raved about a Jamaican Jerk chicken she had tasted and I thought, why haven’t I ever tried that? And within a week, this recipe for Jerk Chicken […]

Hello fellow foragers.  It has been a long hot summer and my cooking is light these days.   I had the opportunity to join an expert forager into the woods of urban Ottawa to learn about edible plants.   It was a fascinating learning experience in a hiking area just ten minutes from my home. […]

Well, it’s the best hummus according to me.  After travelling to Israel a couple months ago, I couldn’t believe how much I loved the hummus served there.  One of the distinct flavours is the amount of tahini added.  It’s the creamiest hummus that I have ever had and I wanted to make it like that […]