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04 May, 2019

Mushrooms on toast

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

When your family is away and you can eat WHATEVER YOU WANT, what meal do you make for yourself? Of course, this is a prime opportunity to serve yourself something the fam doesn’t like. (Which I prefer to eating cereal over the sink.) In the past, I’ve made myself big salads with candied salmon, enjoyed […]

08 Feb, 2019

Copycat recipe for Ikea’s mustard & dill sauce

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Confession: sometimes when I need to pick something up at Ikea I time my visit to coincide with lunch. Last time I was there I tried their new vegetarian hot dog, but usually I order their Swedish Gravadlax. I know it’s always ALL ABOUT THE MEATBALLS at Ikea, but at $5.99 this cold salmon plate […]

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18 Jan, 2019

You must MAKE THIS >> Ham and corn chowder

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

The other day I bought a gigantic ham to bring to my inlaws for dinner. It fed five adults and two small dogs, and the rest was carved up and divided between the two households. We have been eating ham for DAYS ever since, sometimes lunch AND dinner. Piper has also been eating ham for every […]

Someone mentioned confetti squares being their favourite childhood treat so of course I had to look it up immediately. Much like this Christmas crack we make every year, it’s the kind of thing that you don’t bake, it’s more of an assemblage, but hey, that’s a good thing, especially for people like me who don’t […]

24 Oct, 2018

About those new veggie hot dogs at IKEA

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I was feeling down in the dumps today and around lunchtime I decided that I needed to get myself out of the house and cheer myself up in the process. The exact reason WHY I hit upon IKEA hot dogs as the solution, well, who knows why. I will say that their new veggie hot […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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