Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spinach Pesto

Fall is in the air, the trees are turning, the breeze is chilling – excluding the glorious, high 20s degree  weather this past weekend –  and the COVID cases are rising,  It feels like the perfect time to shelter in place and bury ourselves in the comfort of good home cooking, of substantial warming meals…

Classic Potato Salad

This summer’s socially distanced picnics might not quite be the same comforting and pleasurable seasonal rituals that we’ve come to know and love, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy all our favourite picnic foods. Potato salad has always been my favourite picnic food. The first time I tried it was at a picnic…

Strawberry Waffles with Pear Compote

Well, how many weeks of lockdown has it been?  I’ve completely lost track.  The first chunk seemed to go by fairly quickly and April…what happened to April?  We’re already in May, but I’ve noticed that, as this isolation drags on, the days are now passing more slowly, sometimes painfully so. I definitely felt as though…

Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

During this lockdown, with the days passing indiscriminately, without much distinction from one another, the most eventful and exciting moment of any week is when a grocery delivery arrives.  I don’t know exactly why, but it’s reassuring – maybe because it provides some consistency and it’s something that is, to an extent, controllable.  While many…

Almond Butter Cookies

“Today me will live in the moment, unless it’s unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie” – The Cookie Monster Well, it’s been quite the week hasn’t it? Hopefully you’re all safely socially isolating, staying inside and finding some comfort and renewal in the small pleasures of home. For my own well-being, while…

Cheezy Scrambled Benedict

Breakfast is such a rushed affair for me these days, and with so little time in the mornings to dedicate to this most pivotal meal, I generally prefer to keep it simpler.  But these hastily prepared meals, devoured too quickly, are symptomatic of a larger, problem. We are all always in such a hurry, and…

Rigatoni with Basil-Avocado Pesto & Roasted Fiddleheads and Squash.

There are several reliable indications that spring has arrived in Ontario. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a lot of the rain, a less than pleasant, but pivotal herald of the new season.  But with the wet deluge comes other more amiable spring things. It’s finally holding at a mostly pleasant temperature, the…

Rice Noodles with Peanut-Miso Glazed Lotus Root and Wasabi Dressing

The New Year has me craving new culinary adventures, new foods, flavours, and experiences, but sometimes the standard supermarket fare does not provide much inspiration.   When I lived in Chinatown, I got hooked on the rich variety of gloriously affordable fresh produce, can goods and imported products unavailable elsewhere.  I still frequently return to the old…

St. Lawrence Market Tacos

St. Lawrence Market is one of Toronto’s most renowned and iconic landmarks and a  favourite destination for both local and visiting foodies.  First established as an open-air market square in 1804, it was once the center of city social life and a gathering spot for York’s growing population.  The first official structure was built in…

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well, it is official.  Toronto has set a new record for lack of sunlight this past month.  The weather network reported that a whopping 88 percent of daylight hours in November were cloud covered.  It’s definitely been a gloomy few weeks, and I think it’s starting to get to me.  I’ve been feeling lethargic, worn…