Flower of the Day – The Earliest Cherry Blossoms

Flower of the Day – The Earliest Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom earliest peak-dates have been reported in Japan, as well as other countries, including Canada. Ironically enough, these, along with pandemic-related circumstances, have confabulated to grant my daughter a full-bloom Japanese farewell, and a full-bloom Canadian welcome ... click on title for more

A Sweet Flashback – Chocoflan

A Sweet Flashback – Chocoflan

I shared this recipe exactly a year ago, during the first COVID19 lockdown in Canada, when we all had a sudden time surplus at home, and many took as an opportunity to bake.  Currently Canada is going through its third (and worst) COVID19 wave, registering record daily numbers of new cases, particularly in intensive care units.  As a result, more restrictions on shopping, gathering and travelling are likely to become precepts in several provinces as of this weekend; I thought re-posting this recipe might provide some distraction and solace, and another chance to bake this interesting dessert while isolating at home … click on title for more

Flower of the Day – Spring has Sprung

Flower of the Day – Spring has Sprung

Although temperatures are still going up and down in Southern Ontario, the spring season has definitely arrived; in addition to birds singing and looking for a place to nest, grass turning green, and budding trees, I have spotted the first bloom in my backyard, a yellow daffodil (pictured above).  A small forsythia is also blooming, a sure sign for sowing cool-weather crops outdoors, such as carrots, lettuce and radishes, and transplant some of the sturdiest seedlings from indoors ... click on title for more

Sweet carrot salad

Sweet carrot salad

Currently living in Canada, we usually go to Toronto and spend Easter with my in-laws, who are originally from Cyprus, so we would have a Greek-style Easter Sunday lunch. However, because of COVID19, this is the second year we will stay home; I have chosen lamb, or roasted turkey, but without the stuffing, serving instead with garlicky baby potatoes and this sweet carrot salad ... click on title for more