a peek inside the fishbowl

19 Dec, 2009

Starved for time? Delegate dinner.

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

My SavvyMom piece this week was about a sweet little catering and take-out shop here in Ottawa called Epicuria Fine Food Store and Catering. You can read it here if you missed it. 

I cannot express how much I love the idea of someone else doing all the cooking, even if it is for just one night.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit the store and chat with Tracey Black, the owner and executive chef. She’s a mom too – and you know what – she gets it. She really gets it. She knows how tough it can be this time of year. As I wrote in the article; many of us get overwhelmed with food-related commitments this time of year; potlucks, cookie exchanges, guests and family for dinner etc exhausting etc. So why not make it easier and get some help? Do your own turkey and buy the side dishes. Make the hor d’oeuvres and buy the dips. Make your own soup and buy the stock.

Make it easier any way you can and keep a hold on your holiday sanity. That’s worth a few bucks to me.

At the end of our interview I was looking at Epicuria’s boxes of pretty Christmas-themed shortbread cookies. I made a joke about how easy it would be to pass them off as my own. She laughed, we encourage it, she said. Now that’s my kind of gal.


Print this post Print this post

1 Response to "Starved for time? Delegate dinner."

1 | betsy mae

December 19th, 2009 at 8:45 am

Avatar

The best dinner party I ever went to was one where the hostess (who had a particularly stressful week) decided at the last moment that she couldn’t pull it all together and made the decision to order in food. We got to her home and she said ‘You’ll notice that I haven’t started cooking yet, and I don’t want you to go anywhere in my home except the main floor because I didn’t clean. We are having take out so that I can stop feeling stressed out and just enjoy your company”. I didn’t mind one bit, and it was an awesome dinner party because we got to hang out the entire time, no disappearing to make the gravy, or to check on the chicken. The important thing was that we got to spend time together.

comment form:

Patronatus

NAC Ottawa family events


Saunders Farm annual passes for family fun!


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


Joan of Arc Academy in Ottawa


OMS Ottawa Montessori schools


Sara McConnell photography Ottawa


Rethink Tires - Community Renewal Fund


Click me!


Archives

Stay in touch



Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


  • Natalie: Thanks Andrea for the recipe! I made it, subbing honey for maple, and for the dried fruit - 1/2 c both dried cherries and apricots. A huge hit in our
  • Rosalind: So well said Andrea. I fear for myself and my family too. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend but a very good reminder that we have to stop living
  • Misty Pratt: (and I don't mean that your friend dying is a gift...only that the sorrow we experience in life can sometimes help to illuminate things we couldn't se
  • Pamela: Sorry for your loss. She will live on because she has woven her life into those she loved and loved her.
  • Misty Pratt: I'm so sorry to hear that you lost this good friend. I think we all ask ourselves if we are living our best lives, but it is the daily "grind" that so
  • Anne: So sorry to hear of your loss. This post helps us all remember to try to enjoy each moment as best we can.
  • Tiana: I'm sorry for the loss Andrea.

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!

 


My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

Created with flickr badge.

Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

Sideblog

On the nightstand

... check out past nightstand reads right here.

All hail the mighty Twitter