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11 Oct, 2016

Using up leftovers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

As I stirred a spoonful of cranberry sauce into my plain yogurt this morning it occurred to me that I am a bit of a nutbar as it pertains to using up leftovers. I really hate food waste. I mean – I REALLY hate food waste –  and so I will do everything I can […]

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10 Oct, 2016

Thanksgiving dinner

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I’ve been locked out of my own blog for some reason. Long story, but I can’t update it in the usual way so I am using a workaround to post this. Hopefully it doesn’t disappear into the ether. Sigh. I’ve been dealing with some technical issues and it’s really starting to wear on me. We had […]

06 Oct, 2016


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Forgive the all-caps headline there, but I am pretty excited about this one. I was at Farm Boy when I spotted a display of broccoli and I knew, right there, that I HAD TO HAVE some broccoli soup. I also knew that it couldn’t be that “lite” kind of broccoli soup. It had to be […]


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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 (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, 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.

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