A Tarnished Spoon for The Tarnished Spoon


Sometimes, a little personal touch goes a long way. That’s exactly what happened when my partner offered me the most thoughtful gift: an actual tarnished spoon… engraved with the name of the blog.

Eric, my partner is the proud owner of Lucky Patina, an Etsy shop specialised in vintage wares. While browsing the interwebs, he stumbled upon Wooden Hive, a fellow Etsy store. Kerrie Hunziker-Balma’s creations breathe a second life to vintage silverware. She does so by personalising flatware and repurposing old spoons into wedding favour or neat garden markers with great patina.

A simple gift that has added a spoonful of personality to this blog.Tarnished-Spoon-Spoon-Solo


Tasting the Past: a weekly rendezvous

Tasting the Past: uncovering old-school recipes. Photo: Eric Rados.

Tasting the Past: uncovering old-school recipes. Photo: Eric Rados.

Over Christmas, I received one of the most thoughtful gifts. Well aware of my desire to blog more consistently, my partner offered me a gift in which I am sure to find a great deal of inspiration. He offered me a wooden box filled with old-school recipes.

This 4×6” wooden box is like a culinary treasure chest. From Ruth’s rhubarb coffee cake to Edna’s Russian chow mein, reading each carefully hand-written recipe or clipping is like taking a trip back in time. I intend on sharing this journey right here with you. Once a week, I’ll be tackling a recipe from this mysterious vintage box. I’ve decided to call this endeavour “Tasting the Past”.

I’m looking forward to taking on this culinary challenge, one recipe card at a time. Let’s see how it goes!


This 4x6" wooden box is rich in recipes. Photo: Eric Rados.

This 4×6″ wooden box is rich in recipes. Photo: Eric Rados.

Found: culinary advice on a dish towel.


It’s always nice to have some culinary advice handy, literally… Especially when it’s easily accessible – in the form of a dish towel. This intriguing find was discovered one of our numerous treks to Value Village. I’ve learned over time that one must keep his eyes peeled to make some unique discoveries.

Produced by Lakeland Plastics‘ Home Freezing Advisory Services, this dish towel provides information about blanching vegies. First, it explains the process.

Blanching fresh vegetables in boiling water halts the activity of enzymes and helps to ensure that a good flavour, colour and texture is retained.

Scrolling down the towel, there is useful advice to blanch asparagus, beans, broccoli, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, courgettes, leeks peas, peppers and spinach.

Some useful tidbits of information, without stepping out of the kitchen.