About Me

Is this a trick question?

On a more serious note, this blog was born in order for me to learn more about me, about what am I all about. As I am sure many mothers have noticed, we have this tendency to forget about ourselves. Cooking helps me connect. So does Writing. I often don’t even know what it is that I wanted to say until my page is fully written.

As for the facts, My Name is Ayalla.  A Humanities graduate (with honors) who earns her daily bread working in administration (Yawn.  Too bad I am so good at it).  A wife to Adam, a talented IT project manager (and a full blown computer geek but don’t tell him I said so or this blog might die  misteriously from unnatural causes).

I am a mother of three little treasures:  Noa, my oldest  girl, was born in October 2007 after 36 (!) hours of labour. Little Tom, (born August 2009) was conceived one  winter later, after an especially bad case of amnesia. Baby Lia (born June 2011) is the newest addition to our family. We live among the Crees of James Bay in the Canadian province of Quebec, where my husband’s work have brought us. Living in native territory is our everyday adventure.

My family is my primary source of joy, after that comes cooking and writing about it all. If one day I will be able to live off my feather (or keyboard) I will be a very happy woman, but for now I will settle for a full night of sleep.

About Me 2011


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Adam September 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Ah HA! I found you… but I don’t think I’ll make your blog disapear just yet.


kanmuri October 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Seems like Adam has an evil plan in mind…

Grand-Maman Miche March 18, 2010 at 7:45 am

How come my comments never appear? But this is besides the point. OK… If I got this right, you changed your name-site to “Salt & Paprika” instead of “mini me”? So this would be a site only for food? But what about your other themes, like your adventures as a new mom? Which I really loved… and found hilarious! It also brought back memories of those wonderful years of my being a mom. But also, it made me realise the great differences between the now-moms and the then-moms. If anyone is interested, I may start pointing them out… Grand-Maman Miche XXXX

Grand-Maman Miche March 18, 2010 at 7:50 am

Hey! Wow! It really worked this time, I can actually see the comment I just sent, instead of it falling in the e-black-hole like all the others I wrote before. Must have done something right… now I have to figure what it was. Grand-Maman Miche XXXX

Linda Burgett April 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm

What a beautiful family! Great blog! I will be checking it every week.

ayallawt April 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Thank you Linda!

I’m glad you like it!

Marina June 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Way to go, girl!
Adam told me what did you start, and i was amazed!
That is so cool and not such a scary thing as it sounds, “nahon”?!:)

Kisses and hugs from us!:)

Michael Rolph July 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

I hope the concert is worth all the hassel of air travel. Looking forward to seeing you two on Monday.

claude August 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

hello to you 4,ill be able to see your site and found a way to answer, not to bad,i’am the computer king now ,so have a nice day and see you when you’ll come to south

ayallawt August 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Claude! so good of you to drop by!


Lucie August 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Hi Ayalla,
i finally took the time to go and check time your website. After all , i was sitting in your kitchen not long ago and i wanted to maybe steal some of your recipe!! It was a great pleasure to share some time with you and your family. I hope we can do this again sometimes. Talk to you soon i hope…..from one busy mom to the other…

Xavier September 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

:0) Hi Miss,
hope the family is doing great. I am now back to France an I come to check your blog from time to time to travel with my imagination through these nice dishes and the yummy pics that illustrate them. Keep on going like that !

Blair February 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm


We linked to a couple of your recipes on our site and wanted to know if we have permission to continue to do so in the future. Here’s an example:
You have a great blog!

Marika et Amélie July 3, 2011 at 4:01 am

Bonjour a vous tous!!
ET voici un petit mot de chibougamau !! Super beau site !! hummm !! 😛 Tres bientot nous essayerons toutes tes bonnes recettes !
Bon retour a la maison et bonne continuation !! Contentes de vous avoir connu!

Amelie et Marika

ayallawt July 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Bonjour les filles!

Ca a ete un plaisir de vous rencontrer! Merci encore pour une si belle experience! Nous avons l’intention de venir vous visiter bientot!
s.v.p laissez moi savoir si les recettes sont bien sorties et si vous avez besoin d’aide avec la traduction.

Vous etes supers!


tamara November 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

how did the first part of the move go? hope it went and continues to go smoothly!!!
great site!!
tamara and jake and family

Angela December 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I just showed your awesome blog to a friend in Gaspésie and taught her to use google translate 🙂

Grand-Maman Miche January 26, 2012 at 3:42 am

Ayalla, you have to go see this food site :
and most especially the “Boulangerie Andalos (Montreal, QC)” review of August 2011… I had a fun time reading and looking at the mouth-watering images all over his site. Got loads of ideas from the restaurant food plates… and from the photos of the front of the restaurants. I really like the idea of reviewing different eating places like this guy does. Think you could do something like this with restaurants in Israel ? It would be a fun read and make us visit at the same time…

Geneviève Huard June 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi girl!!! Love ya!
Hope you take good care of you!!!

Suzanne miles November 5, 2013 at 2:47 am

I have a question and I was wondering how I can contact you. I would like to try your microwaveable orange marmalade recipe in the next few days. I would like to send a jar through the maail to a friend. Will the marmalade be okay for a few days unrefrigerated?

ayallawt November 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

I believe so Suzanne. Good luck!

Suzanne Miles December 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm

What happened to your microwave orange marmalade recipe? I made it twice it was good. I wanted to make it for a birthday present but can’t find it. I looked online but still no recipe.

Suzanne Miles December 31, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Sorry I found it.

Suzanne Miles November 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hi! You probably heard from me a few years ago. I have made this Jam before with calamodins a hybrid of oranges. The jam was very good. I am going to make it now for a gift using oranges. I need to send the jelly from PA to Texas. How long will the jelly keep unregrigerated? How long does it keep in the frig. after opening?

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