Food

Scotland Adventures with Baby / Leek and Mushroom Soup

The Isle of Mull is a mystical place to drive through. It is on our itinerary because we have to pass through it to get to the Isle of Iona. We set out as early as possible with Llewyn (our then 5-month old) and all of our gear because we know it is going to be somewhat of a drive from our B&B. Little do we know about single-track roads and passing places and the misty fog that rolls in and obscures the view of oncoming vehicles. Many times we think we're in for a head on collision as I grip the side door (once I gripped Zak’s arm on the shift, forgetting that I was sitting on the opposite side of the car!) and hope we don't slip off of the edge of the unforgiving road with no shoulders. Too bad for Zak: he isn’t able to take in the views because of his constant attention to the road.

Eat It: Tasty Food Lit

In the waiting room

Eat It was slim enough to fit in my purse and go with me wherever I went. Each contributor’s article may be just a page or a few, but I felt a connection to each writer and was laughing out loud in the waiting room and smiling to myself in public. I had to look around to see if anyone else caught me in my enjoyment.

 

At Word on the Street

Halifax & Nova Scotia Food Scene

I’m back from a wonderful five days in Nova Scotia. It was a good mix of touring around and meetings. Last year I visited Nova Scotia in the middle of winter when it was rainy (it was early winter) and cold. So it was great to have the chance to visit when the province is at the peak of harvest season when the fall colours are vibrant. I realize that I just missed City Harvest in Halifax, so I’ll have to check that out next year.

My Food Story Part 2: University

My love of food spills over into every aspect of my life including my writing and editing work. I’d just like to share a bit of that story with you. This is part 2 of a 3-part series.

 

Living with Roommates

Like many young adults, my real interest in cooking began when I moved out for university.

My favourite part about moving out was the great roommates that I had. There were five of us women in one house. We all went about our own university lives, but we were intentional about getting together to share food.

 

My Food Story Part 1: Childhood

My love of food spills over into every aspect of my life including my writing and editing work. I’d just like to share a bit of that story with you. This is Part 1 of a 3-part series.

Good Food and Family

My appreciation for good wholesome food began with family gatherings where we would share food around the table. There would be a spread of freshly made buns, fruits, vegetables, cheese, cold cuts, and of course, baked goods. There are many amazing bakers in my family. Since that role is already filled, I gravitate to towards cooking, but that is a story for another day.

Book Response: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life inspired my own efforts in gardening. Currently, the dogs rule my small backyard, so I am limited to planters on my balcony, but I still plan to expand my efforts to herbs, edible flowers, and lettuce this year. I may even volunteer at my nearby community garden.

In her book, Barbara Kingsolver describes how she produces enough from her land to sustain her family for a whole year. This book is an engaging narrative of her year growing all the food that she eats.

Memorable Images:

- An asparagus plot
- “Agritourismo” in Italy
- Countertops covered with tomatoes

Three images stand out in my mind: asparagus, “agritourismo” in Italy, and tomatoes! I had no idea that asparagus takes a few years to establish itself before it can be harvested. Kingsolver sums up what most ...