Discovering the Allure of Black Tea

Piles of different types of black tea leaves

When I tried my first cup of loose-leaf black tea, my first reaction was, “Oh, it tastes like black tea.” Hardly a culinary epiphany of gastronomical proportions. I was disheartened and worried my journey into the world of the camellia sinensis plant…

World Mental Health Day and Me

Profile of a head with a tree trunk in the neck and leaves for the brain. World Mental Health Day.

Today is World Mental Health Day, and it’s a day I’ll admit I’m always conflicted about. I sometimes worry that some of the messaging on mental health and mental illness makes it sound like a meme: “An affirmation a day keeps the shrink…

Have a Vice? Maybe a Little “Flip” is All You Need

Each of us has a vice, most of us have several, some have many. These vices vary in their strength from annoying habits to full-blown addictions. I have no experience with full-blown addictions, so I’m not even going to venture there. However,…

My 1st Creative Endeavour for 2015: Making Fresh Pasta

Making fresh pasta has been a dream of mine for about two years. I know it’s not easy when you start, but it does get easier with practice. And that was my plan: practice. I forget one crucial part of that plan:…