Hello, I’m Samantha, and this site is a collection of odds and ends, such as recipes made with natural and (mostly) healthy ingredients, and other interesting food-related tidbits. I enjoy discovering new (to me) recipes and techniques, foods from other cultures, the history of food, and really just love cooking, sharing, and eating delicious foods. I look forward to developing new recipes based on some old favourites, updated to replace some of the ingredients with healthier alternatives.
My interest in cooking began at home with my mother, who inherited her mother’s admirable baking skills. My maternal grandmother ran a tea shop during the second world war in England, and worked as a confectioner at a bake shop after the war. I love this old picture of her; I can imagine her creating her sponge cakes, scones and other goodies in her shops. She used to take my mother out for tea and scones to the evocatively named “Tudor Cafe”; what a treat it would be share some freshly baked scones and a cup of tea with her at the Tudor Cafe :).
Following my mother’s example, I enjoy cooking our meals with natural, minimally processed, organic ingredients whenever possible. While no one in our family has a gluten allergy, we have noticed that we feel better when we eat less processed foods. It seems that so many people are developing food sensitivities, so cutting down a bit on the usual suspects, such as refined sugar, seems like a good preventative measure. We don’t count calories or worry too much about fat, but try to mainly eat foods that are supposed to be nutritious. I do, however, have several weaknesses…such as chocolate croissants and Montreal bagels (pretty much anything doughy, like crumpets, scones, Yorkshire pudding…).
I was lucky enough to live near a Montreal-style bagel bakery at one time (Siegel’s in Vancouver), and there’s nothing like biting into a toasty, chewy bagel that’s still warm from a wood-fired oven (it’s probably a good thing that I don’t live there anymore).
I have a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Ottawa, and enjoy all sorts of creative endeavours (besides cooking), including painting, photography and filmmaking, and take most of the photographs on the site. Although originally from Canada, I currently live in the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon, with my husband and our dog Emmy.
Emmy, our black lab, is my constant kitchen companion. She loves to help out, especially with the clean-up.