A DIY Wedding Menu for 100 guests…. if your friends and family rock

On August 20th Chris and I got married.  The wedding was on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, not to far from where I spent my early childhood on the coast.  It takes a bit of effort to get there.  Our friends and family from New York, Tennessee, Virginia, Alberta, inland BC, Portland, Seattle, Texas, Detroit…

Blackberry, Apple, Plum Crumble (Gluten-Free)/ Gabriola Island!

My husband and I are currently visiting my mother on Gabriola Island, where almost exactly three years ago, we were married.  It has been a spectacular trip, so far mostly focused on seeing beloved family and friends.  We had a day with my Aunt Mona (of Bean Salad and Ginger Cake fame on this blog…to name…

Feeding the Masses of Miniature Spectacle Makers!

Lately, I have been very focused on helping with the 10th International Toy Theater Festival.  This festival inspired me to begin making my own puppet shows in the 90s, and it is still my favourite festival in the wide world.  It is produced by Great Small Works, a group of theater makers whom I admire…

Dark Hazelnut Linzertorte with Blackberry Filling (Gluten-free)

I have been visiting my mother on Gabriola Island in British Colombia, Canada.  My dad chose Gabriola as the place he wanted to retire and build a house before he passed away and, a year ago, my husband and I got married here.  My mum comes takes her vacation at the house every August and…

Cold Raspberry and Beet Borscht

I make this soup every five years or so.  Every time I make it, I am hit with a little bit of anxiety about half way through.  I have the following little conversation with myself … Me: Is this really going to taste good? Me: I remember it tasting good last time. Me: But this…