Preserving and Canning Resources

August 20, 2014


A couple years ago, if you had told me that I would be spending most of my summer evenings preserving the foods in the above photo, I would have laughed you out the door. Pretty much the only thing I knew about home-canning was that you could give yourself food poisoning, and as someone who [...]

Quick balsamic strawberries

July 16, 2014


We had a bit of a hot streak in Toronto this past weekend, and both of my bike tires burst. Both of them. Like a grown-ass woman, I decided that I’d replace the decimated inner tubes myself, which I’ve done before a couple times. I bought myself some new inner tubes, dragged my bike into [...]

Strawberry basil salad

July 15, 2014


Despite all evidence to the contrary, I decided that it would be a good idea to try my hand at patio gardening this summer. My tender ministrations have killed a whole host of plants over the years–everything from ivy to rosemary to cacti. I even managed to kill a snake plant, and lord knows those [...]

A moment’s return

July 3, 2014

A moment's return

There is so much I’ve been meaning to tell you, but for the past few minutes, I’ve done little more than stare at this photo. It was taken last summer — at the end of last August, to be precise, with a coolness settling in during the evenings and the season drawing to a close. [...]

Vietnamese-inspired beef noodle salad

May 21, 2014


As someone who loves to drink beer, I hate to think of wine hogging all the glory when it comes to meal pairings. After all, beer has the same capacity to make/break a meal based on a good or poor match for the food. Similarly, I feel that beer is a totally underestimated ingredient in [...]