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03 Jul, 2014

Are you a preservationist?*

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I’ve decided to invent a new phrase: PRETTY AS A PICKLE. Do you think it’ll catch on? My parents used to preserve cherries we harvested from the trees in our backyard. The idea of canning berries and fruit and pickles and beans has always intimidated me, mostly because of the huge amount of effort involved and the fact […]

04 May, 2014

Tostadas! They’re better than tacos!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I had a bit of a culinary epiphany at the grocery store the other day. I was picking up some salsa when I spied a package of tostadas. For your reference, it looked like this: They also came in jalapeno flavour (!) but I had to leave those behind. Tostadas are fried corn tortillas… essentially […]

04 Apr, 2014

My personal history with mushrooms. And a recipe.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I had a sudden craving for mushroom soup and it couldn’t be from a can. So I made a version of this recipe today. It turned out pretty good; earthy and real, with a breath of woodland forest. If you like mushrooms I think you’ll like it too. – True story. My parents were born and raised […]

27 Feb, 2014

A bowl of comfort and love

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

I’ve been feeling a bit like a crazy mama this week, working/writing/planning to the point of Total Brain Explosion. And then there’s the weather! Holy crap. I’ve had it up to *here* with the deep freeze. CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY. The cold has been downright paralyzing. And this kind of paralysis demands easier meals and […]

21 Feb, 2014

Five recipes for things I am craving right now

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Black bean chili with corn (pictured above) Warm butternut squash and chickpea salad Lemon chicken with bok choy Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce Mini baked donuts (This one sounds like a good thing to do with the kids!) Share the post “Five recipes for things I am craving right now” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

21 Dec, 2013

My favourite new soup: roasted butternut squash

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I am drooling just thinking about this soup. The original recipe came from here, but I changed the ingredients a little bit (see below) primarily because I wanted to make less of it. It was SO GOOD. I will definitely be making this again. Roasting the squash beforehand might seem like a bit of a […]


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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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