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17 Jul, 2016

Reframing treats

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Although I don’t like to use the word diet, sometimes it’s the only way to describe the actions that follow when someone realizes her pants are a little snug and she’s feeling kinda bloated and yucky. It means that it’s time pull back on a few things for a little while, so if we need […]

I posted about a lovely soup we had last week and promised a full review of Zestible, a new service which provides ready-to-cook meals for Ottawa folks. First, I have to confess that I would enjoy dinner time a little more if (a) there were fewer steps involved (read: no shopping or pouring over recipes from […]

24 Jun, 2016

My best lunch this week

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Recipes and Food

I have had a LOT of great lunches the past couple of weeks but today’s takes the cake and I had to share it here: This Thai Coconut Soup came to me via Zestible. Or should I say, the ingredients and the recipe did. Zestible is an Ottawa grocery and meal planning service (although as […]

This post is sponsored by Loblaws but my opinions about cheese remain my own. Thanks Loblaws! For the past couple of years, I’ve been a bit crazy about setting out cheese boards when company is coming over. Our kitchen island becomes Ground Zero for snacks, along with little plates, napkins, glasses, and wine for the […]

25 May, 2016

Zucchini ribbon and caper pasta recipe

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I decided to try a new pasta dish for lunch the other day and use up a few ingredients I had lying around. This was the result: This dish is via the Canadian Living website (which you can find right here). If you click over to the original recipe you’ll see that my photo doesn’t […]


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