Reno day. And I should be organizing.

I’ve often read about the importance of giving gratitude to balance your psyche and give perspective. So today, I’m expressing gratitude for friends who have it together and know how to organize. Cabinet maker Tom comes today. The kitchen reno starts tonight. Everything must go. I’ve been dunging the place out all week and passersby…

Sourdough is a mother

Before I begin my sorry sourdough tale, I should correct any illusion that this is a cooking/baking site. It’s a whatever-pops-into-my-head-this week site and for the last few weeks, it’s been popping with sourdough.

8-minute green curry – it’s Thai night

Last night was Thai night at our house. Two dishes were on the menu: Thai green curry with prawns and gai pad king – flash done tofu, ginger, and veggies. Mr WI64 and I met both these 25 years ago when we happened on a little hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant in downtown Victoria. We loved everything…

100 phone calls for 100 years

Do you know 100 people? Sure you do. Do you know 100 people who would happily pick up the phone and call you to chat about old times? Not sure that I do. But imagine you’re 99 and the last living person of your group of friends and peers. What then? How many people will…

The best, booziest, and fastest Christmas cake

In my grandmother’s handbook for living – a collection of recipes and cures curated from her arrival in Canada in 1908 through her family-raising years – are seven Christmas cake recipes. There is Andy’s Christmas cake, calling for two-dozen eggs and a full bottle of vanilla; Mrs. Topham’s cake with four eggs and two spoons…

Forgiving friends, trees, and a swoony jam

Here’s how you recognize a true friend. You set their kitchen ablaze (true story, told here) and months later they give you a heaping bowl of damson plums. Damsons are tiny and tart jewels of autumn fruits. The jam, beloved by the English isn’t as well known here in Canada. Brit-born Chris (of the flaming…