About Me

This blog is about Canadian food with a German flair and a gluten-free twist.

Hi, my name is Margaret Bose-Johnson.

Margaret Bose-Johnson

I’m a first-generation Canadian born to German immigrant parents, learning to cook from my talented and innovative mother, and influenced by all the other good-cooking German aunts and omas in the family, too. Food was, and still is, central to all our family gatherings. We like nothing better than to get together and cook, then sit around the table for hours visiting, eating, and visiting some more (and okay, I admit it, picking at the bowls, too). I have a cookbook addiction that fuels my love for learning to cook new foods from many different cultures.

I am a teacher, writer, and mother to four children in various stages of grown-up-ness, the youngest just finished high school. I live on an acreage outside of Stony Plain, in north-central Alberta, Canada (long, cold winters – short, glorious summers). I get to indulge my inner-farm-child in my large gardens and a small chicken coop with a flock of very pampered hens.

Six years ago our oldest daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, along with a dairy and corn allergy. Yikes. That forced a recharge and revamp of my cooking, but it has been a fun and exciting journey. I discovered all kinds of new ingredients. Then within the last few years, the other three children were diagnosed with gluten intolerance and either dairy or egg allergies, and my husband was diagnosed with Lyme Disease which triggered multiple food allergies (44 to be exact). Double yikes. Cooking got even more interesting and challenging.

Since several of the kids are university students, and in and out of home in constantly changing combinations, my meals vary according to which allergies I’m cooking for. So the recipes on this blog will often be free of different allergens, but always gluten-free, or have gluten-free adaptations included (except for the bannock recipe – sorry, that was earlier on, but I did finally come up with a pretty tasty substitute).

This site is a chronicle of my own bumpy journey along the road to gluten-free cooking, but more importantly my desire to share my passion for great food made with wonderful ingredients and lots of love.

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I love to hear from you, and you can always leave comments or questions by clicking on the (very small – look for it, but it’s there) comments link at the end of each post or by directly emailing me via the Contact Me page.

Thanks for visiting—it makes my day to know I have readers following my kitchen adventures!

 Guten Appetit!

3 funky photos of Kitchen Frau

Look at the little things . . . Love learning . . .  Laugh lots

14 Responses to About Me

  1. Michelle B says:

    Hi Margaret,
    Wonderful Blog! I am going to have a blast reading your posts and checking out your wonderful recipes.

  2. Abby says:

    Thanks for dropping by manilaspoon.com. You’ve got a lovely blog! Will be checking your site ’cause my husband is trying a gluten-free diet. Your recipes would be very helpful.

    • Margaret says:

      Thank you, Abigail. I visited the Philippines years ago, and was smitten with the country, its food and its culture. I love your recipes!

  3. Brigitte says:

    Bin ja so sehr froh dass ich Ihnen gefunden habe. 😉 Biss bald!

  4. Marian says:

    Hey, Margaret!

    Any Deutsche (or any, at this point?) ideas for a hundred million overripe yellow cukes???? Want some?


    • Margaret says:

      Yikes – cucumber overflow! All I ever do at that point is peel them and make a big batch of pickle relish and can it. Since we can only use a couple jars of relish a year, I give them away to friends. After the frost this week, I found a whole bunch of the yellow-green monsters lurking under my cucumber vines, too. I guess I’ll be making relish, if I can squeeze it into my schedule – but thanks for the offer!

  5. Marian Affeld says:

    Thanks, Margaret,
    Are you still teaching, too?
    I am trying some “Senfgurken” today, from a recipe I found online? I am not a big fan of mustard, myself, but Lothar encouraged me to try them – he likes mustard stuff – maybe the kids will, too – we will see?
    Could you please share your tried, true and tested relish recipe, if you don’t mind?
    That would be great! Thanks, Margaret – off to the Kuche for Senfgurken –

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Marian,
      Yes, still teaching German Kindergarten and doing some subbing, too. How about you? The Senfgurken sound great – I love mustard of all kinds, and always have several different varieties in my fridge. Let me know how they turn out. I’ll email you the relish recipe.
      Viel Spass in der Kuche!

  6. Nancy says:

    The new look to your blog is great. It is easy to look through and as always interesting to read. Always like looking at the pictures you add to the text. I signed up to receive the newsletter and posts again; thanks for the reminder.
    Thinking of you,

  7. Arleigh says:

    I found your blog today as I was looking for ideas of what to do with a bounty of saskatoons – thank you for all the great suggestions! I smiled when I read your “about me” and realized that we are likely practically neighbours; I also live on an acreage just west of Stony Plain 🙂

    • Margaret says:

      WELL HELLO NEIGHBOUR! Nice to hear from you and thanks so much for reading my blog and stopping by to comment! The saskatoons have been great this year, haven’t they? All that rain earlier on has made for juicy berries. Wishing you lots of fun in the kitchen this summer, and fun with your saskatoon crop!

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