International Tea Day – The Beginning

May 21, 2020 is the first observance of the International Tea Day: Harnessing benefits for all from field to cup. Tea is always a celebration for me for it connects me to friendships, places, events and great conversations. I am thrilled to be celebrating the first International Tea Day. I love beginnings! This is a…

Hot Dogs & Summer

“Hot dogs and Red Vines and potato chips and French fries are my favourite foods.” Betty White July is National Hot Dog Month Summertime is at its zenith, with the heat of the afternoon sun mellowing to a gentle warmth as it heads towards its setting. This is the time for outdoor dinners and delicious…

Tropaeolum Day

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, zoologist, and all-around remarkable genius, was famous for naming every plant he met in Latin. In his book, Species Plantarum, he bestowed the name “tropaeolum” on one of my favourite flowers, the nasturtium. I have yet to gain a full understanding…

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day brings back poignant memories of family get-togethers on autumn days that bestowed a gentle chill and vibrant colours. Kitchens became the hub of activity that produced tantalizing aromas hours before the actual dinner. It was impossible not to indulge in sampling. Preparation – that was the best part of…

How Many Food Blogs Are There, Anyway?

Blogging has become a national pastime. For me, it’s a remarkable way to define a transitional boundary. According to Technorati.com there are over 1.3 million blogs, which can be subdivided into the categories of Sports, Politics, Autos, Technology, Living, Green and Science.  Food blogs come under the heading of Living.  And as of today’s date,…