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Please don't judge me based on my potluck

Suppers, Potlucks & Socials: Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Bring People Together. 

I hate everything about potlucks. Work potlucks, friends potlucks, basically the word potluck runs a chill down my spine that spells disaster all the way.

Work potlucks are especially gruelling. Don't you feel you just can't show up with kale salad and a side of Kraft Caesar Dressing?

Plus, you never can opt out of a work potluck. It's performance pressure to the nth degree. You know your coworkers are judging you (snide remarks aside), and there's no doubt that your boss has made a mental note somewhere at the front of his mind, that either puts you in the impressive category or in a separate category titled either "miscellaneous" or "not promotion-worthy".  

Judgement aside, is it just me that feels like potluck prep always happens on a school night? Am I the only one slogging it on the jammed transit cars, trying to get it in one piece to the office? It's damn stre…

A balanced approach to more Peace, Love & Fibre

What a great title for a cookbook. 

You know Marilyn Smith from her quirky humour, and quick healthy recipes on The Marilyn Denis Show. Peace, Love & Fibre is a collection of 1000 recipes to satisfy every mealtime. 

Recipes include home comfort favourites such as Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham that serves 10 to 12 people, and the cornbread that serves 16. Personally, I find it's always hard for me to scale up to a family and friends size portions. So Marilyn Smith's collection takes half the guesswork out. These are especially great when you have company staying with you.


Tired of your everyday egg routine. Try Morning Eggs Mexican Style, with grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese, black beans, zucchini, green onion and for those a bit more adventurous, add some hot sauce. This one was a great variation on my regular omelettes where I use regular onions, coriander, tomatoes, and a dash of turmeric. 

Simple ingredients are the foundation of all the recipes. Marilyn Smith shares a few …

The grass is greener

"A woman can't survive without a man anywhere". 

This is what Patsy has been told all her life. Her best friend Cicely tells her that sometimes sacrifice is necessary. But, is sacrifice quantifiable? Once we reach our quota, does it give us permission to live our lives freely?

Living in a community of Pennyfield, Jamaica, shackled in a mindset that dictates how you should live and whom you can love, Patsy is determined to find a new life for herself, even if it's a million miles from home. And even, if that means leaving behind everything, including her five-year-old daughter Tru. 

Letters from her childhood friend, Cicely, paint a picture of America the great. Cicely left Jamaica on a visa and has never returned; and from the likes of it, has done well to craft a new life for herself with a man named Marcus, who she supposedly married for a green card. Seeing Cicely have the freedom to love, on her terms, is a catalyst driving change in Patsy's life. 

Years after pu…