About Me

About Me
Hello friends! My name is Jennifer and I love food! I live in Toronto with my wonderful husband and 2 kids. We have a cute little Siamese cat (Snowflake), a hamster (Lucky) and 2 Dogs (Angel & Casper). Aside from food, I also love Zentangle, various crafts, paper bead and jewellery making, sewing, gardening and watching documentaries.

A few years ago, I found myself posting pictures of the food I was making on Facebook. I'd include the recipes in my posts in case my friends were interested in trying them out. I also wanted to keep track of my favourites so I wouldn't have to go far to find them again. Back then, Facebook had a 200 image limit on their albums. Once I approached the limit, I decided I needed a better way to keep track of my favourite recipes. That's when this blog was born.


September 25, 2015
After losing my mom to cancer in February (she was only 55 and her favourite foods were steak and milk) and watching some shocking food documentaries (Cowspiracy - Food Inc. - Got The Facts on Milk? - Hungry for Change), I realized I needed to make serious changes. These films really opened my eyes and changed the way I look at food.  I've switched to a healthy, whole-food, plant based way of eating. It took me almost 2 months to transition and replace the items in my pantry with better versions, but I feel like it's the best thing I could have ever done for myself and the environment. And I don't miss or crave processed foods! It's really easy to avoid junk food when you know what's in it and how it was produced. 
I now buy organic as much as possible.

I cut out processed foods and foods from fast food chains.

I try to avoid food with GMOs, additives and chemicals. They are really not necessary, and you can find many of the same type of products without those added poisons. It's not possible to avoid them 100% of the time, especially if you eat out. Don't stress. Occasionally is better than every day, all day long.

I cut way back on sugar.

I very rarely consume dairy, and I removed it from my kids' diet (with the exception of a little organic milk for cereal). I use non-dairy milks, but they are not ready to make that change. Some day. 

I don't eat meat any more, but I do eat fish on occasion.

I am not perfect, but I'm trying very hard to stick to this way of eating. It's not a diet (I've been on enough of those over the years), it's just the way I eat now. For health, not for weight loss. That will surely happen naturally as the time passes.
There are plenty of resources on-line as well as films if you want to really dig deeper into food and agriculture issues. I think I've annoyed my family and friends enough with my new-found knowledge, so I'll leave it up to you if you want to educate yourself. I hope you do. 

April 4, 2016
Last month I went to an integrative and functional medicine doctor. I went in thinking I had a thyroid problem because that's what I'd been told by my family doctor and homeopath in the past. I was so sure the thyroid was the cause of my skin issues, hair loss, lack of energy and inability to lose weight. Those all sound like symptoms of thyroid disorders right?

Dr. L sent me for blood work. Part of that included food sensitivity testing. The thyroid testing came back with no issues. What?! As it turns out, I'm severely anemic, and my omega 3s are too low. And then of course there's the overall inflammation and leaky gut. I have sensitivities to gluten, milk, yeast, peas and beans. The worst of all is egg whites and casein (found in dairy).

I have no problem living dairy and egg free, but how does one live a plant based lifestyle without beans and toast for their avocado? Have you tried gluten free toast? It's edible, but it doesn’t make me jump for joy.

Dr. L told me I should eat organic chicken, fish, and grass fed meat. While this wasn't the way of eating that I was planning on going back to, it looks like I'll be adding those things back to my diet on a regular basis for the time being. I've been reading about bone broth, so now might be a good time to give that a try.

So now I have to figure out how to cook gluten free. The gluten free part is new to me. This should be interesting. I guess pizza is my new worst enemy. Welcome to my new adventure, friends.


All of the photos on my blog are taken by me unless otherwise stated. If I adapt a recipe from another source, the original source will be noted, and a link (if available) added to my post. If you choose to borrow my images or adapt recipes from my blog, please do the same and link back to me.


  1. Wow! This is neat Jen! Good for you for doing something you love! Will be checking out your recipes for sure!

  2. Hi Jen, I'm a Jennifer too, with my own (brand new) blog. I stumbled on yours and am glad I did, it's great! Perhaps you'd like to check mine out too? http://vegetariancoeliac.blogspot.com Jen x

  3. Hi Jenny ,

    I am Raquel from eRecipe.com, and one of your newest follower. I just recently read the Corn and Mushroom risotto recipe, and I found it delicious, I love risotto I think if I put too much garlic and cheese taste more delicious lol, but it depends, it so happens that I love parmesan cheese and garlic. it's like I am eating pizza =) I also scrolled your other entry and found it interesting.

    BTW I'm here because first, I want you to know I like your blog there is a lot of good recipes that I can choose and cook for my family, and second I would like you to try our free nutrition calculator located at eRecipe.com our site. It is easy to use when you enter your recipe, it will generate nutritional data, you can copy and paste the widget on your blog for the corresponding recipe. Just click on "Get Widget code NOR" located below the nutritional value of each recipe.

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    Thanks for reading this letter I appreciate it, and looking forward on you next blog post.


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  4. Hi Jenny, its andi from the Wednesday Baker. I want to thank you for the Liebster award and says thanks for thinking of me. Put this is the prolbem, I already recieved this a while ago, and haven't done a thing with it, doesn't even show on my blog. Bad,Bad me and at this time being so buzy and christmas and a very sick brother in the hospital I just don't have the time to do anything with it, but I can do it later maybe after x-mas. So let me know if you have someone else who would do what they should. I will surely understand. Thanks Jenny nice blog keep up the good work, its tuff out in blog land to find readers because so many food blogs. A very merry christmas to you and your family have fun andi

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  6. Lisa...your cousin :)January 6, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Love your blog Jen...great recipes and information. Keep up the good work, I love learning new things too! :)