Lazy lentil soup

I’ve experimented with lentil soups over the years and this is the one I always go back to because of its heartiness and versatility – and it costs a few dollars to make. I like to make this soup every few weeks and freeze portions for a rainy day. When I have absolutely no will to […]

What is true love?

  Like world peace, enlightenment and unicorns, romantic love has always eluded me. I had a very brief and disastrous relationship with my daughter’s father. He now (thankfully) lives over 7000 km away in another hemisphere of the planet. Since then, I’ve tried online dating, offline dating, younger men, older men, single dads, bachelors, and […]

Baked fish with spinach and tomatoes

Guaranteed to blow your mind, this is another one of my mom’s famous recipes that’s so simple to prepare, extremely healthy and packed with flavour. Whenever I bring leftovers of this dish at work for lunch, it smells so tasty (i.e. not like fish) that my colleagues never fail to ask for the recipe. A white […]

Fejão and Feijoada (Brazilian black bean stew)

Feijoada – or black bean and pork stew – is Brazil’s national dish. In many regions of Brazil, adults, children and babies eat the simpler vegetarian version of this dish, feijão, with rice on a daily basis. Black beans (or turtle beans) were also the staple food of Afro-Brazilian slaves. With the addition of pork to the stew, the […]

Mom’s spaghetti sauce

My mom’s spaghetti has been a staple food for my entire life. Almost everyone on the Québecois side of my family make some version of it. Not quite Italian, not quite French, this recipe is an adaptation of spaghetti bolognese – but with more vegetables. A steaming plate of spaghetti with mom’s sauce and grated parmesan cheese is the epitome […]

Waldorf schools, Theosophy and Rudolf Steiner

Out of curiosity, I recently visited the École Rudolph Steiner de Montréal, a private French language school in Notre-Dame-de-Grace. The school spans grade 1 to 8 and practices Waldorf pedagogy, which is centered on imagination, spirituality and holistic learning. The first Waldorf School opened in 1919 in Germany and now there are over 1000 Waldorf schools in 60 countries worldwide. Waldorf […]

Single parents worldwide: Statistics and trends

  Single parents were very common in the 17th and 18th centuries. The most common cause: death of a parent. Approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of all children in this era experienced the death of a parent during childhood. Since then, medical advances and improvements in sanitation and maternal care have significantly reduced mortality of people in reproductive […]