about

Trish Cowper

Hi. I’m Trish and generally I’m too busy to be here.

I started this blog eons ago. At that time it was a journal. A place where I worked out new mom feelings and worries — worries about working too much, not feeding my kids right, not taking care of myself properly and everything in between. Since then my family has grown and this blog has evolved. And I’ve relaxed – especially about dinner. Now this my place to post my favourite recipes, practice using my camera, and pop in to say “Hi” from time to time.

I’ve stopped worrying about “the balance.” and learned to just go with the flow.

Let me start with this –  I am not a full-time blogger. I write sporadically. Which is kinda how I cook – sometimes. When I have time. When I feel like it.

During the day I work full-time in a corporate career – I’m an accountant – and this keeps me busy in a more than 9-5 kinda way monday to friday. Often it is more than. and it not surprising I find myself here and in my kitchen less often than I’d like.

And that is okay with me.

Or maybe my time here is just right. It all depends.

So why am I here at all?

I come from a long line of recipe hoarders – we beleive every recipe has potential, potential to be the best recipe ever, potential to be needed someday, potential to be just what we were looking for. So we keep them. All of them.  So I’d like to think this blog makes for less clutter.  (Don’t ask my husband about the camera equipment, extra dishes and cookbooks this space justifies).

This space brings writing (my next favourite thing after baking) and recipe collections together if a fun way. It also justifies shopping for kitchen things – which might be the best thing.

My recipes fall into two categories:

  • Healthy practical recipes. Things that I like to eat all the time. You will find soups, salads, big batch grain dishes and quick family dinners in this group.Things that are “grab-n-go” and work well in a packed lunches. Meals that freeze well, are make-ahead or can be thrown into the slow-cooker. This is the stuff that this blog was built on. The recipes and dinners that help to balance the crazy that make our busy family life what it is.

and then the other category is exactly the opposite….

  • This is sunday afternoon putzing in the kitchen food. In this group you will find cookies, desserts, muffins, breads and preserves. Things that need an afternoon. Are not quick. Project foods. Here is where I will spend all day on that yeasted bread recipe or a red pepper jam. All the special occasion food – the big desserts, cakes and cheesecakes – I like taking advantage of dessert making opportunities.

“Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”  ~ Michael Pollan

Most of my recipes are vegetarian. Many are vegan. I’ve always believed that whole plant foods are the healthiest way to eat.

Always.

I do my best to make sure my family is getting our daily fix of green, fresh things. In an effort to be clear to my readers we follow a kind of flexi-vegetarian diet in our home. We have recovered from that year with bacon and fallen back into a mostly veggie-based way of eating. But occasionally I may share a non-vegetarian recipe. Look away if you must. But know I’m sharing because it is a family favourite. I refuse to follow rules too closely. Whether those rules are about blogging, how often I cook at home or what type of food we eat.

You can connect with me on twitter, facebook and on instagram you will find too many pictures of our family pets.