Chocolate Cheesecake: from Rejection to Redemption

I am not a chocolate fanatic. Don’t get me wrong.  Chocolate’s nice.  Nice like potatoes.  Nice like misty evenings.  Nice like a nap on the bus.  I find chocolate hearty.  Kind of magical.  Somewhat refreshing. But I’m a simple, savoury-dessert kind of girl.  Give me pound cake, cheesecake, snickerdoodles, shortbread (note that I made three…

Pardon me, I was hibernating

Ya-a-a-w-n.  Is it springtime yet? I’ve awoken from my winter hibernation.  Yes, prompted by cold, the short, darkening days, and Mother Nature, I nodded off for a couple of months, hoping to awaken to the seasonal thaw and the first magnolias of spring.  That is, anyway, the official explanation for my two-month time-out from blogging….

Surprises and tomatoes and canning, oh my!

Three or so weeks ago, I declared tomato season done.  Vancouver’s rains had kicked in, it had gotten cold, the tomato plants were just about dead, and covered (still) with a smattering of still-green fruit.  After a paltry harvest of, oh, half a handful of sub-par fruit, I called eff it and enjoyed the last…

Tofurky Adventures, Old and New

Tofurky.  For years, my knowledge of this longstanding but still somewhat controversial commercial vegan holiday festive protein lump was restricted to “hehe, funny word,” followed by endless conversations punctuated with the ultimate vegan diss: “Tofurky you!” Last year, this changed.  One of my best BC girlfriends and I picked up the Tofurky Feast–the soy and…