About

Hello there! I’m milk and marigolds girl and I love food! I do the cooking, photography and writing for milkandmarigolds.com

Now the ironic thing about being a foodie is that I have the “joy” of possessing several food allergies and allergies to basically anything containing pollen (definitely marigolds, but I will save that story for another time). At times I am pretty convinced that I must have been someone worthy of imprisonment in my past life and I am now being punished.

Rather than whining (too much) about these shortcomings, I have learned to embrace them and create delicious replacements and substitutes. Whether you are “blessed” with having allergies or not, I hope to inspire you with new recipes to spice up your kitchen. Creating meals without gluten and dairy doesn’t need to be daunting or dull; rather it can be delicious, healthy and straightforward! In case you are wondering, I am allergic to dairy from cow’s milk and I am Celiac; meaning I cannot tolerate gluten from wheat, rye or barley.

On a positive note, I like to identify myself as a passionate home-cook, elementary school teacher, runner and visual artist.

For as long as I can recall, I have always loved food and preparing it. I can remember as a young child flipping through my mother’s cookbooks for hours on end. I would sit on the kitchen floor taking in the glossy images of new and exciting things that were just waiting to be cooked up and consumed.

At age 10, my dad gave me a text entitled Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal. I immediately became obsessed. I would read a few pages a night in its chronological order. I wanted to know everything there was to know about food. Maybe it was a little strange that I was more interested in studying facts and nutritional details about food than collecting stickers or reading comics but this is what got me truly excited. In fact, I would get so excited I ended up having to cut down my evening reading sessions or else I would end up wired and wayyyy too hyper before bedtime. After all, I was the kid who had parents kind enough to withhold any potentially exciting news from their high-strung child until the last possible minute. Friend’s birthday parties, sleepovers, trips to a restaurant had to remain top secret until the moment arrived, or else I would get so excited I would literally make myself sick! Perhaps you can relate to my excitability or you flat out think I’m a weirdo (its quite okay if you do) but I guess I’m a passionate person. Fortunately, I can handle the delivery of exciting news ahead of time these days (mostly that is). It’s great to have things to look forward to and I look forward to hearing from you as I begin this blog adventure.

My inspiration?

My parents. Without a doubt. They are the hardest working people I know. Both of my parents immigrated to Canada separately in the 1970s. My mom arrived independently at 19, and my father in his twenties. While they faced the challenge of having to start over, they also had not much more than a high school diploma to their names. With drive and determination, they amazingly started their chosen careers at a young age and went on to be very successful. My mother is a well known makeup artist in the film industry and my father was heavily involved in the food industry. I am proud to refer myself as the butcher’s daughter. With the combined creative side and business/food focused side, they have definitely been influential. My step father has also been heavily involved in bringing me up and is an established stills photographer whom I respect and still have a lot to learn from. They have taught me to work hard despite challenges and to chase after what I love. Thanks for always inspiring and encouraging me.

Butcher's daughter. My dad in 1968 the centenary at Smithfield market, London, England.

Butcher’s daughter. My dad (center) in 1968. The centenary at Smithfield market, London, England.

Here my mom is performing her magic on the late actor John Candy. This was from the SCTV set. This was one of my mom’s first major projects that she worked on for several years as a makeup artist. For those unfamiliar with SCTV, it was Canada’s Saturday Night Live.

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi!
    Glad you stopped by my blog. Thank you. I must say, the title of your blog piqued my interest as I love marigolds! But what a surprise! Your recipes all look so mouthwatering…breakfast pizza. I am already composing my shopping list to give a few of your recipes a try. I have a wheat gluten allergy, but ever since I had to have my gallbladder removed food preparation has become a bit tricky. There seems to be hope at the end of the grocery aisle after all!

    PS: Being from Michigan, we caught Canadian TV and radio. Oh, the laughs we had watching SCTV!

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    • Hi Yvonne, I was really impressed with your blog. Thanks for visiting mine! Yes, thank goodness there are so many great gluten-free options now. I remember when I was first diagnosed I felt a little lost but it seems a whole movement has really grown in the last few years. And yes, SCTV was/is quite the hoot! Are you just staying off gluten or dairy as well? A close friend of mine also has gallbladder problems and she has found that by eliminating dairy, it has helped. Hope you continue to visit!

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      • Hi Milk& Marigold Girl,
        What a lovely comment! Thank you!
        Actually, dairy is ok as long as I limit it to tiny quantities. The only no-gos are cream and really fatty cheeses, such as gorgonzola. Since I no longer have a gallbladder, my dailies include beetroot, artichoke and lemon juice and the rest is a matter of small quantities 4-6 times per day.
        I will certainly continue to visit. My daughter has a gluten allergy and is lactose intolerant, so the two of us are going to experiment with all you have to offer.
        All the Best,
        Yvonne

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  2. I don’t know where to start! I’m more excited about your About page than the fact you started following me (and that ranks way up there!) I too am a butcher’s daughter, with creative parents AND I loved SCTV!
    The recipe part is great too, if not just for me, for other family members. Yay!

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  3. Thank you for coming by my site! Yours is absolutely stunning and what I aspire mine to be. Your recipes look so enticing that everyone will find them delicious, no matter their dietary restrictions. I look forward to seeing more of your fantastic work!

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  4. Your website is AWESOME, your photography is absolutely AMAZING, you are an INCREDIBLE young lady with HUGEMUNGOUS talent. THANK YOU for sharing it with us.

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