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18 Nov, 2014

Saucy meatballs revisited

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Here’s the irony of dinnertime at this time of year: I am less inclined to cook and more inclined to eat. I blame short days and chilly temperatures! This recipe was one of our dinners this week, and I wanted to share it here because the girls were pretty excited about it. So was I, because […]

07 Nov, 2014

Tacos. Why do they have to be so meaty all the time?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Awhile back I had an hamburger-related epiphany. I asked myself, self, do you like hamburgers or not? I decided I liked sharing a great dinner with friends and family. And I liked the act of eating a burger: something hot and delicious that doesn’t need a knife and fork. I liked the toppings too. But when […]

Awhile back I had no groceries or lunch ideas, so I decided to check out the big salad bar at Farm Boy. Have you ever tried it? It’s pretty darn good. I went in with a strategy: to skip the leafy green offerings and sample my way through the grain and veggie dishes instead. My instincts […]

Awhile back I had no groceries or lunch ideas, so I decided to check out the big salad bar at Farm Boy. Have you ever tried it? It’s pretty darn good. I went in with a strategy: to skip the leafy green offerings and sample my way through the grain and veggie dishes instead. My instincts […]

20 Oct, 2014

Apple crisp with toffee sauce

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

This is the time of year I start to crave a particular combination of baked apples, butter, and sugar. And this weekend I decided to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Enter, the apple crisp: This recipe (mentioned at the bottom of this post) is pretty good, but if I’m really honest with myself I have to […]

10 Sep, 2014

Tomatoes are so summer

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

I’d like to grow more veggies in our backyard, but we don’t have enough sun back there to support very many different plants. We do, however, have room for a few pots of herbs and some tomatoes. I bought four different varieties and this one is my favourite: It’s called a yellow pear tomato, and […]


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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, Capital Parent Newspaper, 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.

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