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 28, 2016

It was where Cliff and I would go – for quiet time, to read, to write and long lazy afternoons spent outside on the stoep (veranda) of the quaint and quirky Oak & Vigne Café. Listening to the impeccable music taste of owner Coennie Visser, we would sip Malawi Shandies,...

August 28, 2016


You’ll want to gather the kids in your life around for this dessert. Other than eating berries straight off the bushes they’re grown on or directly out of the little blue card boxes they’re sold in at the farmers market, this is my favorite way to serve them. Being ab...

August 14, 2016

Granadillas take me straight back to my South African childhood and this simple, fool proof sponge cake recipe of my mom's with granadilla frosting, is heaven on a plate and must for sure, be eaten in the sunshine.

August 7, 2016

Summertime in Nova Scotia seems to arrive in an instant. There’s nothing lazy or slow about it. Things seem to jump into high gear off the bat. It is a short and defined time, and it is as if nature knows it has a very limited time to be spectacular and impress us with...

July 31, 2016

A combination of wild mint growing profusely in my garden, Colombian friends and excellent small batch rum in Nova Scotia, has to add up to Mojitos.

July 9, 2016

Summer has arrived when the Nova Scotia farmers markets are overflowing with crates of heirloom tomatoes.

June 26, 2016

f I could capture summer in a bottle, then this would be it. We tasted our first Limoncello in the small village of Montelpulciano in Tuscany one summer and we were hooked.

June 5, 2016

The smell of boerewors cooking over hot coals, on a braai grid is embedded deep within in my senses. As the first spattering of fat hits the hot coals and the unmistakable sweet, smoky scent of coriander, cloves and nutmeg mingle, I am immediately transported back to S...

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Colleen Thompson

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