None of us remember our first birthday cake. It was likely your mother who, in the midst of the joy, chaos and emotion of a first birthday, set aside the time to remember to soften the butter, bring the eggs to room temperature, preheat the oven, and perform the ritual of her baby’s first cake. … Continue reading Today, I bake her a cake.
Wednesday was a foggy, humid Nova Scotia midsummer day – wild roses tumbling over everything, thistles sending up their spikes, blueberries just hinting at ripeness, the thick air scented like fruit and flowers. This is the weather that stretches memories all the way back to the idyllic summers of childhood. Eleanor and I spent this particular afternoon in … Continue reading Boiled Icing: A Traditional Nova Scotia Recipe
This weekend I attended a local event steeped in tradition – the Conquerell Mills Horse and Ox Pull and Variety Supper. I was lured there by my foodie neighbour who promised long tables full of comfortingly humble farmer far. It certainly delivered- though the platter of fried balogna, popular last year, was no where to be … Continue reading Variety Supper