When I think of my favourite vegetable, the potato doesn’t immediately come to mind. Yet, it is the most widely-consumed vegetable in North America. Even the United Nations touted 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. But the potato isn’t the only tuber that can show its starch. Its tropical counterpart, the taro root, […]
With the parade of red carpet celebrations taking place – the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild awards and upcoming Oscars – the time is ripe to shine the spotlight on star fruit. Also known as carambola, star fruit is a berry ranging in size from two to six inches long, with five ribs along the […]
Although Christmas is over, there’s still something special you may want to unwrap, and it coincides with the upcoming two-week celebration of Chinese New Year that starts January 26. As part of Chinese New Year festivities, special foods are not only eaten, but also used to decorate homes as a sign of prosperity, and to […]
My little Princess has always been a good shopper. Contentedly sitting in the cart she’s quick to point out what I’m looking for, but can’t seem to find. Perhaps the relaxed view from the front buggy seat while being escorted about, puts things in just the right perspective for discovery. Our experiences at the […]
I like to take a little time each Monday morning to complain about nothing in particular except the fact that it’s Monday. You see, Monday makes everything worse. What happens on Tuesday is Tolerable. Wednesday? Whatever! Thursday? Throwaway! Friday? Fuggedaboutit! But, being how I am, I need to find the blessings in with the messings; […]
I never liked Fig Newtons. They were nothing more than sad excuses for cookies that looked like tar folded into cardboard strips. They weren’t just unappealing, they were downright annoying, taking up valuable space in the cookie cupboard. How I longed to run them down with a box of Wagon Wheels. Although my Mother always […]
Why, when I have 364 days of the year to prepare for this, am I always drowning in a last-minute wave of Yuletide? I thought for once that this year would be different, as we have dramatically scaled down our festivities. With half of the family out of town, it should be quite a […]
Use a mini watermelon for these festive trees. Cut crosswise into rounds. Slice each round into 8 wedges. Trim rind off bottom, leaving a 1/2 inch piece in the middle for the tree trunk. Score branches on wedges.
Oh what fun for the little grade ones! Just pipe blended whipped cream, icing sugar and cream cheese around the edges of a vanilla wafer. Pop a strawberry in the middle and pipe a pompom on top.
Now where did I put that BBQ cover?
The good news is, it’s only -10C.
I guess I was about 10 when I started making chocolate layer cakes. I don’t remember if anyone taught me, but I do recall frequently picking up my Mother’s little black cookbook, turning to the page with cocoa smudges and knowing I was in just the right place. I instinctively knew how to measure and […]
You know you’ve delivery-dialed Domino’s Pizza one too many times when they send you a Christmas card! With coupons inside!
I finally found some Thrills. Got them cheap at the dollar store. The package says “It Still Tastes Like Soap.” Good marketing! And soap never tasted so good!
and winter came with a vengeance!
To many, this time of year is the beginning of the holiday season filled with family, friends and feasts. But I consider it more of a birthday season, with my son, nephew, mother, uncle and myself all acknowledging another year older as a prelude to the biggest birthday celebration of them all – Christmas! This […]
Save the yogurt for Tuesday! Hold the oatmeal for doomsday! It’s time for me to get back on the burner for hot meal Monday. Although I’ve never been a champion of breakfast, these days I never leave the house without a nibble of this and a swallow of that. And no longer do I start […]
If you’ve had enough White Christmas, or perhaps Red Christmas from blowing your budget, your luck is about to change. Now you can look forward to a Green New Year. While across the globe, an economic crisis has put a damper on spirits and bank accounts, there is a glimmer of hope this New Year, […]
From what I recall in high school, running laps was about as exciting as writing lines. And yes, it felt a lot like punishment, too. “I will not skip gym class. I will not skip gym class…” 200 times! The last time I ran laps was in grade 10. It was called the 12-minute run […]
“Can we get one of these?” she asked, pulling a deep pink orb from a large box. My 8-year-old niece and 10-year-old nephew were spending a week with us this past September and I had taken them grocery shopping to make sure we were well equipped with their favourite foods. “It comes with a book,” […]
I could go on about food forever. When I am on a typical diet all I can do is talk about food, think about food, look at recipes, and plan what I will eat when I get off my diet. It would be like Day 28 on “Survivor” when the few remaining emaciated contestants see […]
No, I’m not talking about what it means when he tilts his head to the left, while raising his right eyebrow as he brushes imaginary lint off your left shoulder. I mean the words we use to describe our undesirable body parts. Those bumpy, lumpy, jiggly, jelly bits we wish were not related to us. […]
With the fall apple harvest now complete, ’tis the season for applesauce. Or should I say, with the box of soon-to-be rotting apples in my basement, I better get my lazy cheeks in gear and salvage what I can. With visions of applesauce bubbling away on the stovetop, not to mention the sweet aroma wafting […]
Two little green faces stared down at me, each with an identical smirk. I reached to the top shelf of the cupboard and grabbed the kids’ Jack O’ Lantern Hallowe’en baskets. It’s that time of the year when I toss out their uneaten year-old candy to prepare for the next batch of dye-laden, sugary treats. […]
Winter hasn’t even settled in and I already have a cold. Sickness and other times of vulnerability tend to wreak havoc with my healthy eating plans, with all those good intentions flying out the window to get chicken wings to lift my spirits. My favourite comfort food when I’m sick is Chinese Buffet. In fact, […]
I’m thinking of a number between 154 and 156. It’s been appearing each morning on my digital scale for the past two weeks. I can’t get it out of my head, and even worse, I can’t get it off of my hips! I read an online article about the problem of plateaus with advice to […]
Although it’s not uncommon for me to find myself salivating over a hot oven, this time it was the oven itself, not the food that made me drool with envy. The other night I spent a glorious evening at a friend’s party, which showcased a $7.9 million property for one of her clients. The home […]
Yay! I’m overweight again! So says my trusty obesity calculator. It’s hard to believe that just two months ago (and for the past several years), I was languishing in the abyss of obese. That dark, bottomless pit that had me trapped and grappling to pull myself out with faddy crash diets. Each time I failed, […]
Once I went to Vegas and gained five pounds in four days. I blamed the three-meals-a-day of buffets. Tables upon tables of all you can eat treats for hours on end. Why bother with a menu when all that food is readily available right here, right now at your fingertips and fork tines? You don’t […]
Walking is the perfect exercise. And while I’m sure that many doctors and fitness professionals can provide numerous reasons why, to me, it is perfect because it doesn’t feel like exercise. I associate walking with good things like walking to the fridge to sneak the last piece of cake, walking from store to store at […]