before the mains


So Glad it’s Spring Rolls 2

  There are times when you come across a recipe idea that’s so awesome, it grabs your imagination and you just have to run with it. Have to! That was the case with this adaptation of I wish it were spring rolls from Halifax blogger I Say Nomato which did indeed grab my interest […]

So Glad It's Spring Rolls

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

There are as many recipes for hummus as there are ways to spell it, and it’s presence in shops everywhere is now the norm. Being über healthy, easy to make and excellent to have stashed in the fridge, I keep tinkering with the recipe. Go figure~ This very tasty version uses […]


Creamy Parsnip & Pear Soup 2

Being a big fan of both parsnip purée and of soup, I decided to put the two together for this Creamy Parsnip Pear Soup. When you want to serve something that’s out of the ordinary, give this recipe a try.

Creamy Parsnip & Pear Soup

Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread

My recent flurry of baking Christmas sweets & desserts had me thinking that I should include at least one savoury item. A girl does need something to go with her glass of bubbly, after all! Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread, adapted from an Ina Garten recipe for Parmesan Thyme Crackers, are just […]

Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread

Puff Pastry Ham & Tomato Tarts

Puff Pastry Ham & Tomato Tarts

It seems that I go through phases in my love affair with puff pastry, and much like rediscovering the joys of again reading a favourite book, I fall in love all over again.


Grilled Avocado Halves with Corn, Zucchini & White Bean Salad

Ideas are an amazing thing. Sometimes they’re almost nonexistent and sometimes they come at you, fast and furious like a sudden summer thunderstorm. To me this time of year is the latter, and one of the best times for food/new recipe ideas. The staggering abundance of fresh and local seasonal produce […]


Pan-Fried Polenta with Zucchini Cream Sauce

This recipe exists solely due to happenstance, and was so unplanned that I don’t have pictures of the how-to! The previous night I had made polenta, to serve in its soft and luscious form. Having some leftover and refusing (ever) to waste anything, I grabbed a piece of parchment paper and […]


Zucchini Herb Biscuits

If you LOVE zucchini and especially if you grow zucchini, you can never have enough zucchini recipes. I learned this the hard way, but thankfully I do love it! This recipe for savoury Zucchini Herb Biscuits, adapted from a Christine Cushing recipe, takes biscuits to a whole new level. They’re light, moisture […]