Recipes for Trouble

Lemon Cupcakes

My little friend is 5 years old. He arrives on my porch and announces himself with a loud, officious knock. I open the door to his beaming face – he’s run ahead of his mama, who is hauling his scooter and a knapsack full of snacks and toys. I move in for a hug….

Recipes for Trouble

To Say Goodbye

When are you going to write something new said The Scrabble Player. I check your blog every day. You do? I asked incredulous. And then: I think I’m done. Scrabble Player nodded in her mild, earnest way and added, quite seriously Maybe. You. Need. To. Say. Goodbye. We’ve both been dealing with good bye,…

Recipes for Trouble

The Absence Fills

Sometimes there are no words that can comfort. Instead, friends bring flavours, smells, textures. They bring pastry, and chocolate mousse cake. The Animator cooks me fish and rice. Others bring a fruit tart in the depths of winter. Mangoes. A casserole. The Queer Colleague drove all the way to her favourite bakery uptown to…