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19 Feb, 2015

Notes from a Dim Sum convert

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

This is a peek at my lunch yesterday. A group of us from the office went for Dim Sum at Yangtze: Fitting eh? Since today is the Chinese New Year. :) Funny thing: I cannot for the life of me remember if I’ve been here before. I MUST have been, years ago, but my brain […]

Are you doing anything big for this coming long weekend? I wish we were, but at the moment our plans are rather minimal. Regardless of what we end up doing, I will, however, take the opportunity to spend a bit of time in the kitchen and make some kind of treat for the family. My […]

I hate wasting food. Last I was looking at three very spotty bananas withering on the countertop, and I asked myself, what’s a mamma to do? Answer: MAKE MUFFINS* * I do not consider myself a baker or a muffin maker. My muffin motivation was two-fold: (1) To use up the aforementioned bananas (2) to […]

I’m not a cookie baker. I’m a cookie EATER, but I’m not a cookie baker. So it goes without saying that every Christmas I feel like a failure in the cookie department. I just can’t motivate myself to mix together butter and sugar and crank out something that looks and tastes amazing. (Honestly, I prefer […]

The answer is yes, in case you were wondering. I made this salad for lunch yesterday and it turned out really well. BEHOLD: If you grew up in the era of soggy, mushy, overcooked Brussels sprouts this might be the recipe that changes your life forever. Here’s the original recipe. Clearly, the trick to avoiding […]

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 […]


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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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