Berry Delicious and Puppy Love

Local strawberries are hard to find around these parts now, but 2 weeks ago we drove to the country side and made an emergency stop at one of the U-PICK farms. We filled our faces full of these little sweet treasures. For most of the year we live on semi-tasteless California grown berries, but itContinue reading “Berry Delicious and Puppy Love”

the holy grail of butter cream frosting

I am on a quest for the best vanilla cupcake paired with the holy grail of BUTTERCREAM. With the plethora of cupcake shops out there this should be an easy task –but not so. Many bake shops excel at particular flavours but I have only found a couple of shops that has really delivered onContinue reading “the holy grail of butter cream frosting”

Father’s Day give-away!!!

There is a certain guy I know that decided to throw caution to the wind, travel far outside his comfort zone and have a life changing experience. If there is a man in your life that you are looking to inspire or if you want a vicarious life adventure then this is the book forContinue reading “Father’s Day give-away!!!”

roasted mushroom & cauliflower soup

It was time to get rid of the week old roasted veggies in my fridge and I was fighting off the urge to eat out. I don’t know why it is SO hard to cook for myself but it always has been this way. I far prefer a crowd around the table to the drudgeryContinue reading “roasted mushroom & cauliflower soup”

PET PEEVE- stinky dishcloths!

There have been times in the recent past while grabbing for the dishcloth I was horrified to find that I was wiping the counter with something akin to a”stinky butt work sock”. Hoping to always avoid this unpleasantness I have employed these techniques: washing the cloth daily (er, maybe every other day) bleaching the cloth regularly (Continue reading “PET PEEVE- stinky dishcloths!”

new old school popcorn secrets revealed!

I hate the smell of microwave popcorn. It reeks and it has the stench of a toxic dump when it’s burnt. That fake fat that swims in the bag makes me gag! Have I made it clear yet, how much I hate the stuff? …however, Ms. Madds loves popcorn. She’s a salty savoury kind of gal andContinue reading “new old school popcorn secrets revealed!”

me and Mark Bittman are peeps

I would like to think so but I flatter myself. He has inspired me for years now. I was delighted to see that my pizza post was right in sync with his NYTimes piece this week. Check out his TED TALK too while you are at it. HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING For Chefs at Home,Continue reading “me and Mark Bittman are peeps”

Rouxbe On-line Cooking School from Vancouver

I discovered the ROUXBE site before I started my blog. I love it. Check out the links below and try a free lesson. Knife Skills is a great starter. It’s a brilliant way to bring that little extra confidence around your cooking experience. Would love to hear what you think once you try it out. Also happy toContinue reading “Rouxbe On-line Cooking School from Vancouver”

homemade yogurt without buying any new gadgets

Hmmm, I think I may have loved really high quality yogurt forever ( I may be making that up). In the early 80’s I purchased one of those fancy incubators with the little separate cups. I tried to recreate a delicious memory of eating full fat yogurt with natural fruit in the basement of Eaton’sContinue reading “homemade yogurt without buying any new gadgets”