Tomato Update

Yesterday while your comments were rolling in suggesting ways around my gardening dilemma, my next door neighbour gave me a flat of tomato seedlings. I now have 50 plants sitting on my kitchen floor staring at me -- daring me -- to plant them. The...

Dry Rubs — French Kiss

This is how dry rub should be. Sure it looks a bit like potpourri, but this Mediterranean-inspired rub proved to be so tasty it nearly convinced Andrew to like lamb — something I've been trying to do for almost a decade. Ever since I nearly smoked...


Do you know the children's story by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Well yesterday I felt like I'd stepped into the shoes of a grumpy little boy who'd been force to eat lima beans and wear his loathed...

May Poll

I think the Internet is punishing me for the bad pun in the subject line. I've been trying to post all morning and keep getting an error message. Even the photo, chosen before I encountered the technical issues, mocks me. So, here I am, fiddling about...

Happy Mother’s Day

I'm getting lazy. Last year I posted a video tribute to my mother. Maurice Chevalier crooned about the virtues of little girls while a slide show of my mother (clipped somewhat inelegantly from my parents' 50th anniversary video) scrolled by in all its sepia glory. This...

Flavoured Sugars in Time for Mother’s Day

While my frugal vanilla sugar relied on a long, slow infusion with used vanilla pods, you can whip up some lovely homemade sugars right now in time for Mother's Day.   If you're like me, you've left things to the last minute. And if your mom is...

Restaurant Purse Hanger

When I saw this in the shop, the design caught my eye. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I wanted one. I can be like that. After a few minutes of spinning the painted enamel disk round and round on its arm, I...


I overheard this snippet of conversation in the independent Italian green grocer's near my house: Customer: Where's your margarine? Manager: We don't sell margarine, only butter. I love this place. Photos © islandspice. Published under a Creative Commons License....

Scotch Marmalade Update

Five spices, 750 ml of scotch, 30 days and one poorly-fitted lid. Do you see where this is going? Our Scotch Marmalade experiment was a success. Or a failure. It all depends on how you look at it. Either way, Diva on a Diet was right when...

Keep or Toss?

Solve one problem. Create another. Let's say I make a grocery list, eat a full meal and then shop at break-neck speed, never straying from the items on my list. When I get home with my planned purchases — and only my planned purchases —...

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