Apple pie is my favourite thing to make. I'm a little obsessed with canning (careful, it's contagious), I love chopping vegetables, and my dishwasher runs more often than I'm proud to admit. I'm an agri-friendly food blogger, meaning I particularly enjoy learning about how food gets from the family farm to the family table, and I adore writing recipes that showcase those quality whole ingredients.
I have two boys - a six-year-old and a three-year-old. My oldest is a good helper at the grocery sore and loves to help make pizza. My youngest loves mommy's apple pie. Although getting them to eat what's put in front of them is a constant challenge, it's important to me that my kids learn to prepare food from scratch and have fun in the kitchen.
Mr. Feedbag commutes to work on a bright orange bicycle and never says no to something home-cooked. I know I've nailed it when he goes for seconds. But he doesn't always leave the cooking to me. In fact, he makes an orzo dish with seared scallops that's one of my favourite dishes ever. He's the best.
Most of what I know about cooking and baking I've learned from books, TV and the web. I get a lot of inspiration from the cooking styles of Chef Michael Smith, Jamie Oliver, Ina Garten and Chef Dan Hayes. Since early 2012, I have been teaching cooking classes at Hayes' The London Chef cooking school and at community centres around Victoria.
I'm excited to be part of the canning renaissance in family kitchens. My first cookbook The Canning Kitchen will be published by Penguin Canada in 2015. Through my beginner canning classes for home cooks, I hope to inspire others to try the craft of putting up food in jars. To back up my canning credentials, in February 2013 I earned a certificate in home food preservation through the University of Georgia and the National Center for Home Food Preservation. If I can make jam from it or pickle it, I probably will.
Family Feedbag was started in February 2011 and has received several awards and recognitions.
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