Archive for the ‘2017’ Category

Creamy Spiced Oats with Cinnamon-Maple Whiskey Figs

With one last day of 2017 lingering, we’re taking our morning slow to reflect on the joys, the frustrations, the sadness and the good times this last year has brought while we graze over a bowl of these Creamy Spiced Oats with Cinnamon-Maple Whiskey Figs. While many spend their day coming up with rules to […]

Charcuterie & Pickle Skewers + Apple Shallot & Apricot Chutney

The Holiday snacking table is one of my very favourite spots to hang out. It’s where the action happens – the good conversation, the sparkly cocktails and of course, the food.  I can spot a charcuterie or cheese board from a mile away – it draws me in like a laser beam. When all else […]

Crispy Prosciutto with Figs, Roasted Hazelnuts and Parmesan Mousse

Whoaaaaa. As December gets into it’s groove, our calendars are already filling up with Holiday gatherings and events and I don’t feel nearly ready.  It’s the same story every year; October hits and I smugly congratulate myself on realizing how imminent the Holidays are  and vow to get planning early. December hits and here I […]

Fried Hot Genoa & Egg Scramble

I used to be a really great host; dreaming up themes and excuses to entertain, planning and executing seamlessly without a detail missed. Tables set with style and glasses never empty. Then I birthed a 10lb child that brought utter joy and complete chaos into our lives. If you have children, I don’t have to […]

Za’atar Grissini with Warm Harissa Tomato Sauce

Pizza night is a fairly regular thing around here. It’s quick to make if you plan properly and can be made with literally anything we have in the kitchen and be guaranteed to be delicious. From a pie topped with sauteed greens and a few fried eggs to a slice with hot peppers and pineapple (a personal […]

Bacony Baked Beans with The Works

If you’ve ever read the blog Smitten Kitchen, you’re familiar with Deb Perelman’s particular style of effortless but soul-satisfying recipes, and they don’t come without a healthy dose of humour either. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to come out from whatever rock you’ve been living under and get with the program, man. Over […]

Chocolate Banana and Pecan Cookies

There is a reason you don’t see a whole lotta baking on The Gouda Life. Sure, maybe a yeasted bun here or a galette there, but for me baking requires great concentration and even greater restraint. Two skills I am sorely lacking in. Recently a blog I helped co-found in 2014 with 4 other Canadian food […]

Caramelized Onion Dip

Since having our daughter, we spend  a whole lot more time at home. Friends and family, gratiously so, almost exclusively come to us and the days of “hmmm…let’s just go out to eat and see a movie” are not as simple as they used to be. We’re lucky that we love to host and luckier […]

Lemony Quinoa & Tuna Patties

I came here to write an eloquent, meaningful post about trying to be everything (mother/freelancer/wife/whole human) and having that turn into doing nothing because the pressure is just so intense and overwhelming….but it has been such a hard week at home with our 2yr old that I can’t quite seem to grasp on to the […]

Herby Sriracha Lime Chicken Wraps with Crunchy Peanut Sauce

It must have been a decade ago now that we were at a cottage with friends for the weekend when my girlfriend, who was always a kitchen inspiration and skilled home cook, prepared us all a dish that I was really looking forward to, but that I was sure my picky boyfriend would hate. I […]