The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Cookbook business part II

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One of the first things I thought might be most obvious would be to document a little of how that whole cookbook thing turned out. To say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience is an understatement. There were several months of antique shopping, which included the craziest junk yard and several trips to a metal recycling […]

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Cookbook business

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So this post is long overdue! And it’s for the best of reasons: I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime! I’m the prop stylist and design consultant on an upcoming local cookbook project! Vintage prop shopping? Food?! Design? I feel like all my favourite things have converged into this one awesome, awesome experience. Since […]

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The myth of 350 degrees

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You know what I’ve learned in 21 years of cooking since leaving the (sigh) amazing flavours and tastes of home? That nothing ever truly delicious comes from middle ground. When I first began cooking, I would read a recipe that inspired me, and dutifully preheat the oven to 350 because that’s what pretty much every […]

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Common Ground Farm’s 15 minutes of fame

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So a cool side project – hubby’s produce was asked to make an appearance on a Vice show that falls under their “Munchies” series. The show is called “Keep It Canada“, starring the brazen and hilarious chef Matty Matheson. Season Two is about Matty travelling to all the places in Canada which shaped his career, […]

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Food Styling and Photo Shoot

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My attempts at photographing food (something I love to do) has not been going according to plan. Funnily enough, it really doesn’t work to try and prepare a meal for 6 and take beautiful shots of the various stages at the same time. Invariably the shot is terrible, or something is burned. So when a […]

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Tomater’s ready!

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It’s that time of year – when no matter how busy we are, at some point we drop everything and process tomatoes. Tomatoes are a particular passion for hubby; growing, eating, and more importantly, feasting on them in the middle of winter when there’s nothing to pick from outside. Basically we gorge on fresh tomatoes […]

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Cold weather calls for hearty food. And cleaning out the freezer. And maybe using up the partial bag of rice which haunts me every time I open the pantry? So, I defrosted that 1/4 bag of shrimp; diced the leftover ham; sliced the last (sniff) of our homemade sausage; and finished up the bit of […]

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! A big celebration of family, bounty and the changing seasons. Basically the stuff of life. All that Thanksgiving goodness got me thinking about doing another food post. Lemon Meringue Pie is one of those desserts that, if it was store-bought, I could totally do without. The spongy […]

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros with free-range eggs

One of things you can do when you live on a farm is raise chickens. It’s actually a venture initiated by our kids; and it’s completely their business. They bought the chicks; they buy the feed, and now 14 weeks later, they collect eggs and the money they generate! The chickens are raised on pasture […]

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Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese a la Smitten Kitchen

This is NOT the only post where I will gush about my favourite food blogger, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen.  Her words, pictures, and value system (well, I only speak for when it comes to cooking, anyway) is right up my alley. Cook food from scratch. Fuss on the days you have time; eat toast […]

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