My Strange (Sugar) Addiction

Eating fresh natural sugar cane

At work, the colleague who sits next to me is keeper of the candy dish. When we’re having a bad day, we can count on a mini chocolate bar, Hershey Kiss or other small morsel to satisfy the sweet tooth. This week, Halloween candy made its entrance. Before you could say “trick-or-treat” my hand was […]

See Real? Not in Your Cereal

Jordan's All-Natural Muesli Cereal

Lucky Charms and Frosted Mini Wheats were not what Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother had in mind when they devised cold breakfast cereal as a healthy alternative to the usual white bread and meat diet of the mid-19th century. Two hundred years later, cold (pre-cooked) breakfast cereals are the most commonly consumed breakfast […]

In Search of a Natural Pastel Easter Egg

Micro mini chocolate Easter egg candy from Carnaby Sweet

Sometimes I feel like less of a woman because I don’t like chocolate. Like drinking coffee helps you fit in at the office, eating chocolate helps you fit in as one of the gentler sex. I play along with “this calls for CHOCOLATE!” when times get tough but the truth is, most of the time […]

Red velvet, if you please

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I encountered red velvet (the dessert, not the fabric) for the first time when my brother and his fiancée were planning their wedding in the hot summer of 2011. They invited me to a swanky and well air-conditioned cupcakery in Muskoka to sample some flavours and, as I’ve convinced myself anyway, to give them some […]

How I Got Here: A Woman Walks Into a Supermarket in Search of Natural Bread

Buns at the grocery store

My Natural Disaster adventure started, like many adventures, in the grocery store. I had popped into my local supermarket on the way home to pick up the basics: bread and milk. I wanted to get in, get out, and get home. Instead, I found myself standing, 2% in hand, staring at a wall sky-high with […]