Nov 13

In other news at Toronto City Hall….

Spotted: a big burly distraction outside Toronto City Hall which made me momentarily forget about the mayor’s sideshow. 

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Nathan Philips Square Christmas Tree

Nov 13

Plump purple plums

These beauties were sinfully sweet – a shocking burst of summer at the cold and rainy farmers’ market this morning, the first Saturday in November.

Next week the market moves indoors for the season. Sigh. Winter is coming, there is no doubt about it.


Thanks to Bizjak Farms for their always-amazing fruit from Niagara. Check out their new website!

Oct 13

The sparse sumach

Spotted: the sparse sumach, swaying in the autumn breeze

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Oct 13

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


C. and I picked up heaps and heaps of groceries at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market for the four big meals we are cooking for this long weekend!

What fun.

It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces and tables teeming with lush harvest. Our heritage-breed turkey is brining away in the fridge and pastry is ready to be rolled out.

I’m thankful to southern Ontario farmers and food producers who make life so colourful. I’m thankful to C. for making my life so delicious. And I’m thankful to my family and friends who are always there to celebrate and commiserate too.

Have a great weekend!

Oct 13

The Last of the Strawberries

There they are…


Six quarts of Ontario strawberries, having a bath.

They have no idea, but I know… They are last berries of the season. I picked them up at the market from the Bizjak’s – everyone was eyeing them up and down as we moved through the crowds.


I did a quick freezer jam preserve with Pomona Pectin, sweetened with honey and a vanilla bean or two.


Sigh. That’s really all I have to report.


Winter is coming.

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