Weelicious Lunches

The School Lunch Blindside

There are a few things that happen after a car accident that they don’t tell you about. Such as how the muscles in your ten fingers will ache and simple tasks – like wrapping your daughter’s ponytail with an elastic or shampooing your hair – become all awkward and send spasms up your wrists to your elbows.

But everything aches. It’s just that sore fingers are a new sensation after thirty seven years.

Before Sunday, I never knew what would happen nearly every time you close your eyes in the days following a car crash. I’ve discovered that as soon as they’re shut, your mind hits “Play” on a little memory it has called “The Moment of Impact”. The replay is startling every single time: from the sickening, heart-dropping slam of metal on metal to the thud of your head on the side window.

What people do tell you is that you will be sore, maybe even for weeks, and that you should rest as much as possible. Oh perfect. Not a problem. Just as soon as I get these three kids a hot breakfast, out the door for their first day of school, meet the teachers and lug a wailing and writhing Clara out of the school yard because she wants to go to ‘cool too.

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The summer tablescape

Weekend links and photos

This weekend, with its long walks, picnics, and slow gardening, felt like a long exhale after an incredibly busy summer.

It’s been a little quiet around here, as you may have noticed. Other projects have taken up a lot of my time, as well as three little ones trying to squeeze every ounce of fun out of summer. And how!

School starts on Monday and we will be embracing that routine wholeheartedly. For me, it is a return to blogging and book writing, fall baking and just being. September, you are lovely. Thanks for finally getting here.

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Favourite culinary podcasts | Simple Bites

12 Smart and Fun Culinary Podcasts

Fall, winter, spring, summer, I’m always into podcasts, particularly the food-related kind.

There is no show on Netflix I am currently hooked on and we haven’t had cable (or even TV) in years, which means when I’m not reading, podcasts are my favourite diversion. I’m a hard core multitasker, and podcasts are the perfect way to stay educated, entertained and up-to-date on the global culinary scene while still getting my laundry folded or step count in for the day.

And to be honest, they are are a decent substitute for adult conversation for a work at home mom with a houseful of kids. I’ve been known to listen in on a conversation between Molly and Matthew with a solitary ear bud, while simultaneously supervising three kids running around a sunny park.

Podcasts seem to come and go rather quickly. Two years ago you would have found me tuning into David Leite’s Talking with My Mouth Full or Joy the Baker’s We’re About to be Friends. Last year there was Alphabet Soup, among others, but for whatever reasons, many podcasts die out or take very long breaks. This snappy round-up is keeping hip and current by only including culinary podcasts that are updating on a regular basis.

Listening to one full episode of a particular podcast is usually enough to make a decision whether or not you want to continue. I hope you jump in and discover a few new favourites!

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West Coast culinary adventures

More West Coast Culinary Adventures

“Why don’t we meet up in Campbell River and we can provision together?” my older brother suggested via text, a few weeks before we were set to board a plane.

Provision. I rolled the word around in my mind, delighting in its quaint practicality, loving how Josh tossed it out there so casually, while I had never even heard of this noun being used as a verb. Provisions: supplies such as food and drinks, especially for a journey. Provision: rounding up and buying those supplies.

We were planning on how to feed our family of twenty during a reunion (and a wedding) on a remote British Columbia Island called Cortes. Josh is used to provisioning: for a hunting trip, a camping expedition, a mountain bike race across the Yukon. I supposed I provision all the time, too, stocking the pantry, visiting farm stands, putting up produce.

Still, this was different. Because Cortes is two ferry rides away from a city, grocery staples on the island are nearly doubled in price. We’d want to get our oatmeal and peanut butter before coming, but source plenty of local produce and seafood. As it turned out, we did very well on the latter, and this is the full report of such culinary adventures.

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Triple Berry Scones || Simple Bites #baking

Eat Seasonal: Triple Berry Scones

It is a known fact that things don’t always go according to plan, and that includes gardening, weather and the seasons.

By now, early August, we should be hauling in tomatoes and cucumbers by the pounds, but the lack of heat has slowed everything down. My garden feels about a month behind; it’s looking ‘filled in’ but not quite ‘exploded’.

That’s all okay; I’m in no rush for those Romas or striped zucchini, because local berries are still front and centre. U-picks up and down the lanes are broadcasting blueberries and raspberries for the harvesting, and Quebec strawberries abound in the markets. Seasonal eating for us right now means gorgeous, jewel-hued berries enjoyed every which way. From salads to focaccia, pancake syrups to pies — and these breakfast scones, enjoyed on a recent Sunday morning.

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