September 28, 2016

Chocolate Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Recipe


This chocolate zucchini bread could pass for chocolate cake, it's that moist and extra chocolaty. It isn't too sweet and has a full cup and a half of zucchini.

This chocolate whole wheat zucchini bread could pass for chocolate cake, it's that moist and extra chocolaty. It isn't too sweet and just one loaf has a full cup and a half of zucchini.

My twin brother and I recently celebrated an almost-milestone birthday.Twins aren’t that uncommon these days but when Timothy and I arrived in 1967 we were the first twins born in our neighbourhood. Apparently it was quite an event. 

September 12, 2016

Mom’s Summer Tomato Tart

Summer Tomato Tart: A cheesy tomato tart with fresh herbs on buttery pastry. A thin layer of Dijon mustard spread under the tomatoes gives it a little bite.

Summer Tomato Tart: A cheesy tomato tart with fresh herbs on buttery pastry. A thin layer of Dijon mustard spread under the tomatoes gives it a little bite.

I was home on maternity leave the year the Mary Walsh film,Geraldine’s Fortune, was filmed in Saint John. My dad was cast as one of the extras and he had a lot of down time on set so he’d often call me to chat.

August 29, 2016

Wholegrain Lemon Blueberry Scones


Wholegrain Lemon Blueberry Scones are wholesome made with stone ground flour. Delicious made with fresh or frozen blueberries.

Wholegrain Lemon Blueberry Scones are wholesome made with stone ground flour and a full cup and a half of blueberries.

The other night an acquaintance was telling me how, years back, she and her husband had a friend who baked scones every Sunday morning as an open invitation for friends to stop by for a light breakfast and conversation. He made enough scones for everyone to have two and if more people showed up he’d head back into the kitchen to make another batch.

August 19, 2016

Reduce, Reuse, Repair, then Recycle

I consider recycling the “R” of last resort.

In an ideal world recycling is what you do with stuff at your home or office that you end up with, in spite of your efforts to reduce, reuse and repair. Recycling is important, to be sure, and we still have much room to improve. (According to a Fundy Solid Waste Commission waste audit conducted in late 2014, more than 21% of our household trash still contains recyclables.)

But if we backtrack to before those recyclables made it into the trash and focus on the other “Rs” then we wouldn’t have to worry so much about trash making its way into landfills and the environment.

August 11, 2016

Zucchini Crust Pizza Recipe

Zucchini crust pizza has great flavour and texture and is a great alternative to bread-based pizza crust. It takes just minutes to mix up. The crust can be made several days ahead and reheated with the toppings.

Zucchini crust pizza has great flavour and texture and is a delicious alternative to bread-based pizza crust. 

When I was eight I had my long wavy hair cut boy-short so I wouldn’t have to wear a bathing cap in my cousins’ pool. My thinking at the time was that bathing caps were for the old ladies at the beach who swam in their sneakers and never put their heads under water anyway. Plus, it took a lot of effort and pulling of hair to get a bathing cap on over very long pony tail. When I came back from the Rothesay Corner barbershop sporting my new haircut mom said it looked like the moths had got me.

August 5, 2016

Did you know: Some Cell Phone Cases Increase Cell Phone Radiation

Some cell phone cases cause your phone to emit more radiation.


This tops my list of the things I didn’t know I didn’t know:

Some cell phone cases cause your phone to emit more radiation.


Cell phone use and radiation has been a much studied topic. The World Health Organization considers the radiation emitted by cell phones to be a possible carcinogen and recently published findings from a multi-yearstudy by the federal National Toxicology Program (U.S.) found that rats developed tumors when exposed to radiation similar to that emitted by cell phones.

In the past I have written about ways to use your cell phone more safely to reduce your radiation exposure and I’ll share them again. The knowledge that you cell case could amplify your radiation exposure is something more people need to understand.

This is the root of the problem: 
Cases partially block the phone’s antenna, causing the phone to work harder and as a result emit more radiation. And the more durable the case the more the antenna is blocked. Cases containing metal affect the antenna even more.

Wild Rice Lentil Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

Wild rice lentil salad is a great salad for summer. It’s tossed with a fragrant vinaigrette that’s seasoned with coriander, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon and sprinkled with currants and toasted almonds. Wild rice lentil salad is great with fish and chicken but also works on its own as a meatless meal.

Kara’s wild rice lentil salad is a great salad for summer. It’s tossed with a fragrant vinaigrette that’s seasoned with coriander, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon and sprinkled with currants and toasted almonds. 

It has become a tradition for us to spend the August long weekend with friends at their cottage on the Northumberland Strait. Since they now live out west we try to cram a years’ worth of visiting into a couple of days. We have a great feast, take long walks and delight in watching our kids pick up where they left off at the previous year’s visit.

This wild rice lentil salad recipe is one my friend Kara served on our visit a few years ago. It was the year she and I got caught in a dramatic lightning storm while on a morning walk.
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