March 7, 2019

The evergreen giants that define Nova Scotia’s landscape and surround my house in Halifax are the harbingers of growth and renewal as we shift from spring to summer. From late May until mid June, bright green tips start appearing on spruce, hemlock, pine and douglas fi...

October 9, 2018

The flowers are setting seeds, jewel toned fruits are ripening and the leaves are just beginning to turn. There is no better time to be outside, and no better excuse to go foraging for a fall feast.

August 25, 2018

There is something deeply satisfying cooking with things that has been passed down through generations. Story built upon story with each recipe made and served.  I never did inherit a cast iron pan, which didn’t bother me, until my love of the South and all things Sout...

August 1, 2017

In the evening his nap place of choice is atop a sun-warmed granite boulder that juts out over a canopy of green that allows him to survey his kingdom. In the heat of mid-summer his chosen spot is beneath a giant wild rose bush outside our front door.

July 18, 2017

A combination of wanting to find a cocktail that could cut the sweltering heat indexes of 100 degrees, a longtime fascination with southern literature, a husbands love of bourbon and a profusion of mint growing in the garden, lead me on a trail of r&d about mint juleps...

July 9, 2017

Warm African blood pumps through my veins and it’s hard to shake off summer rituals that have become entrenched and have now been transported to our home in the north. I am a summertime person. I love everything about it...life seems simple and uncomplicated when days...

April 7, 2017

Perhaps it's the association with our long charcuturie style lunches, where pickled fish would always make an appearance, alongside fresh crusty bread. Most likely, it was the fact that we were immersed in Cape Malay flavours unique to Cape Town. A cuisine that mix...

April 6, 2017

Join writer, photographer, sommelier Colleen Thompson as she walks us through the seasons, making and shaking libations and telling stories.

March 11, 2017

The giant maples that shade our deck with their canopy of green in the summer, tint our house pink when their leaves turn crimson in the fall, give us hope when their tiny red buds burst in the spring, now provide amber sustenance when the forest floor is still carpete...

March 8, 2017

In a shrinking world, where real adventure rarely makes an appearance in our urban existence, dog sledding has to rank up there as one of them.

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Colleen Thompson

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