This is the tale of my family’s adventures living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Food is my passion and my career, but in a way that you don’t often read about or see on television. I’m an archaeologist by training, an anthropologist by trade, a mom, and an immigrant to Canada.
As an archaeologist I’ve studied, taught and written about the importance of food in the ancient world for holding community together. As a cultural anthropologist, studying and teaching about food, I’ve focused on food as identity, the politics of food and the effects that food security (or its lack) has on people. Now living in Canada I find myself with a massive garden plot, access to chickens for harvesting eggs, pigs living just over our backyard fence, and views of horses and sheep grazing just across from our property. This is the closest view to food production that I’ve ever had.
The entries here reflect the experiences of my family (myself, my husband and my young son), on the island, as well as recipes inspired by whatever is happening in our lives at the moment. I love to cook, eat and think about food. I read cookbooks like novels. I cook for those I love, and I want to feed people food that nourishes soul and body.
Welcome along on our adventure…