Every summer, our family goes camping a few times. We love pitching our tent, spending days at a time outside, exploring new places, and dining in the forest. It’s taken some trial and error, but over the years, we’ve figured out a few strategies to help make packing food and preparing meals—dare I say it?—almost enjoyable.Read More
If you have sunlight, nutrients, and water, something will grow.Read More
When I was growing up, my family used cast iron pans. Without thinking about it too much, I carried that habit into adulthood—along with one of my parents’ pans (thanks mum and dad). Here are my answers to the top questions I get about why and how I use cast iron.Read More
Avoid the flavours-that-don’t-match problem.Read More
I dare you to say “four tablespoons” again ;)Read More
I value and enjoy making meals for myself and my family from local and in-season ingredients, blah blah blah sometimes you just need to crack open a can and call it a day. Here are my top three cheater meals you can have on the table in under five minutes.Read More
If you’ve read my no-plan meal planning post, you know that I’m a fan of cooking by theme. That hasn’t changed. What has changed a little since then is the nightly themes.Read More
When it comes to diapers, we’ve done it all: disposables, cloth diaper service, and washing our own diapers—we even lived in an apartment for a year with only shared coin-operated laundry. I’m here to tell you that I found cloth diapering to be the easiest of all of the diapering options.Read More
At last, my guide to vegan eating (and shopping) in Vancouver! I’ve put several years of R&D into this post… which means I’ve eaten lots and lots of delicious food, you’re welcome. Whether you’re a Vancouverite looking for your next tasty bite or a visitor touring our vegan scene, this list is for you.Read More
I love hosting parties with enough preparation and structure that it feels a little more special than usual, but not so much so that it feels stressful. Pinterest-worthy parties amaze and impress me, but the truth is, low-key party vibes are my jam and always will be.
(But no judgment here—isn’t the colourful tapestry of our differences part of what makes life on earth so interesting?)Read More
There seems to be some confusion about what food we’re allowed to bring on planes, which makes me sad because it sounds like people are proceeding cautiously and just bringing nothing at all. It doesn’t have to be this way! Please don’t settle for overpriced, over-packaged plane or airport food.Read More
When I travel and share on social media that I’m cooking at an Airbnb, I invariably get concerned messages asking, “wait, you have to cook on vacation, too??!” I can understand this. For some people, cooking feels like a daily chore and vacationing is an escape from the day-to-day grind. The concept of cooking on vacation feels stressful and downright unfair.Read More
I’m not above canned beans, and I try to keep a few in my cupboards at all times—types we tend to use in smaller amounts, or our fave kinds for those bean emergencies (yes, we have bean emergencies. Doesn’t everyone?)
But there’s no denying that for flavour and price, you can’t beat beans cooked from dry.Read More
I originally published this in The Hill Times, but it’s behind a paywall now, so here it is for those interested. I think this is a really important topic that we will increasingly hear more about in the years to come!
My family is fortunate to be able to afford to eat well without anxiously counting every penny. But early in our marriage, Arden and I went through a period when our cash flow was seriously tight. The easiest place for us to cut excess spending was to eliminate meals out and centre our diets around whole, plant foods (we were already vegan, but let’s just say we’d been doing our part to support the burgeoning vegan comfort food industry).Read More
Many years ago, I was speaking with an older colleague who was intrigued by my plant-based diet but couldn’t wrap her head around one thing: “but what do you put on sandwiches?!”
At the time, I was usually bringing leftovers for lunch or eating take-out, so I was mostly confused by her confusion. Now, I’m a parent, and I get it. Sandwiches, man. So fast to make, easy to pack and eat out of the house, universally beloved, zero brain power required, next-to-zero clean up.Read More
At long last, I’m sharing my food staples! This is a top thing people are curious about over on my Instagram. I’ve put off writing it because it feels like it would be so boring for you to read, essentially, my grocery list (peanut butter… oats… are you still awake?) but the funny thing is that I LOVE reading other people’s lists of what foods they stock and consume regularly. I’m definitely that weirdo peeking in other people’s grocery carts, and wondering what they’ll be cooking later and just generally what their personal story is.Read More
From time to time, I get messages from people wanting to transition towards a plant-based diet and wondering where to start. At first I didn’t know how to answer. It’s so personal! Someone’s food preferences, cooking skill, available time, household composition, family heritage, proximity to groceries etc will all determine how to approach a dietary change.
That said, I realized that I do have some general tips that I think anyone can use when trying to go vegan, or even simply incorporate more plant-based foods.Read More
The hardest part will be narrowing down your options.Read More
All of the traditional flavours you love, animal-free.Read More