Fresh picked peas and strawberries taken straight from our Community Garden are the perfect finger food right now for my young girls living in the city. As always, my mind is on expanding my culinary repertoire. So when the raspberry canes are giving up their ripe fruits, Meg and I are making Raspberry & White Chocolate Chip Cake.
When our 3 children were young one of the things my husband Steve and I enjoyed doing most was reading to them each night. While their individual preferences and varied attention spans required that we read to each of them separately, one of their favorite books was The Carrot Seed written by Ruth Krauss in 1945. Continue reading
Eating outdoors is a simple pleasure and with all the new growth that sprung up in May we almost have a covered, shaded terrace on which to sit protected from the warm sun. Continue reading
Last week I did my own first, self administered cleanse. Inspired by Meg and the benefits she feels from a Mindfully Fed seasonal cleanse gave me the curiosity to try. I was confident to figure out my own approach, sticking to all single whole food ingredients. Continue reading
Lately whenever my back is turned, my preschooler, Connie, mixes up some culinary potion under the kitchen table. In just seconds she can confine the entire contents of my baking shelf to just one bowl, leaving a telltale trail of powders and sticky mess across the kitchen floor. Of course none of it will be edible, but the delight on her face at having “made a wesipy just like you mummy” is disarming. Continue reading
May seems unusually busy. We’ve shed our Winter skin and seem to be racing towards Summer at a rate of knots. Awash with school socials and graduations, field trips and fundraisers, it is also the month in which Everest was first conquered by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, Florence Nightingale was born (hence International Nurses Month) and the world was stunned by the first 4 minute mile. Continue reading
As you begin the parenting journey you often find yourself unprepared for your job as a mother. However, anyone who has been down the path knows, with a little patience and a lot of faith, answers are revealed to you in time. And while most mothers secretly dream about “taking the hall pass,” few ever do. Continue reading
If you’ve been following us throughout April, it’s time for our finale for Autism Awareness Month. We worked hard to create a visual recipe format for non-readers using our chocolate cake, and build a library of techniques that we hope to share with you in future recipes. We also discussed the importance of being outdoors and adding more sensory input into all of our lives. But we saved the best for last, our slow cooking video. Continue reading
As a child I would bike up to the moors to pick wild blueberries (bilberries), and run through the bluebell woods remembering every fallen tree or boggy patch from previous visits. Even today my desk is deliberately positioned in front of the window facing outward so that I can avert my indoor gaze away from the screen and catch a glimpse of urban greenery and the blue sky outside.
We are debuting our visual Chocolate Cake recipe this week. Providing access to a more user friendly format for non-readers has been a key intention for the Zen of Slow Cooking. In the future we hope to produce one visual recipe a month. Continue reading