Hi! I’m Bernice Hill and I’m the sole writer, recipe developer, photographer, and techie at Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen in Calgary, Alberta. My husband and I have just entered the empty nest phase of our lives, though we do enjoy the company of our two Dachshunds Pepper and Penny.
The Early Years
I’m best described as a city girl with a farm girl heart. My childhood was spent working in a huge garden, blessed with lots of growing time for me and the plants. Our family raised and butchered our grass raised beef every year while nearby neighbours raised chickens and pigs.
Farm fresh eating was the ultimate luxury during summer and autumn months but preserving was important during the winter months. This is why you’ll find a lot of preserving recipes on my blog, like the ever popular Pickled Carrots with Garlic and Dill.
Like many home cooks I learned to cook at my grandmother’s side; baking cookies and sandwich bread for the hardworking farmers of the family. I plan on cooking more recipes from my French Canadian, Hungarian, and German roots to share with you on the blog.
Strong Roots and Wanderlust
I grew up, went to university and got my BSc. Paleontology. Then I had a family and moved to Calgary. I enjoyed cooking and experimenting a bit but it wasn’t really until we moved the family across the world that I really fell in love with pretty much everything to do with food.
We lived in Bateman, Western Australia (Perth) for two and a half years and during that time I really became inspired by the local food scene. It’s a glorious mash-up of the freshest available Australian products mixed with cuisines from around the world.
While living overseas, we took the opportunity to travel to other countries as well. South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Bruneii, Malaysia and Indonesia. Once in a while (but not enough!) you will see these influences in my cooking. I always become inspired when I travel and I’m always seeking to improve my food knowledge!
It’s been ten years since I started Dish ‘n’ the kitchen. I’ve learned so much during those years and not all of it is technical. I cherish the people of I’ve met and each experience I’ve had and I look forward to so much more. If you’re interested in working on a collaboration please have a look at my ‘Work with Me‘ page to find out more about what I do.
Enjoy and Happy Cooking!
Funny thing! I was just Googling for a basic cheese bun recipe, yours was the first hit. I was reading the preamble and saw the mention of the Glamorgan Bakery and thought, “Oooh! A recipe from Calgary!” Then I read your ‘About’ and thought it was neat that you have a BSc in Palaeontology. I have a BSc in Archaeology.
– Lindsay, also in Calgary
Ha! Those are awesome coincidences. I do, indeed live in Calgary and now I use my Paleo degree to run a food blog. LOL Hope you liked the buns Lindsay.
I’m Pam and you contributed a recipe to a round up for a beautiful tagine dish using ras el hanout. We are not able to use a photo from this post. Could you provide a jpeg photo, please? I’m sorry to put this in your general comments but I’m not sure how else to contact you. Thanks!
So sorry! I check emails in the morning and do events in the afternoon. Photo sent.
I love the new website, Bernice! It’s colourful, inviting and easy to navigate. You did an amazing job putting this together yourself. It’s also nice to read a little bit about you. I hope we get to meet in person one day, as we both live in Cowtown 🙂
you just read my mind! I was thinking about the exact same thing yesterday. One of these days we’ll meet. Maybe I should hold another food bloggers potluck?
Hello Bernice, It was so nice to meet you this weekend. Wasn’t a great conference?! I’ve already signed up for next year. Hopefully we’ll see each other again and have more time to talk. Continued success! Kim http://www.thefinercookie.com. BTW, you have a beautiful blog.
Thank you so much Kim…so great meeting you too and I love your blog concept. I am still waffling on getting a ticket so early but it is a GREAT deal.
I’ve really been enjoying your blog and I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award. If you’re interested, you can see the post here: https://njbrowne.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/liebster-award/
From one Canuck to another … HELLO !! I stopped by as a result of a mutual blogging friends’ recommendation (foodisthebestshitever) and … I’m glad I did !! I look forward to seeing more from you … stay hungry !! 🙂
I’ve just nominated you for both the Inner Peace Award and WordPress Family Award. Have a look at my post http://americanfoodieabroad.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/gifts-i-mean-awards/
Hi Bernice, Congratulations, I’ve nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. If you decide to accept you will find the details here http://wp.me/p2frs2-1fm.
I’m very flattered ladyredspecs! thank you so much…though I did receive this award previously I don’t think I can again…I just didn’t figure out a way to put it on my blog!
You can accept an award multiple times, but I understand fully if you choose not to!
Oh, I didn’t know that…in any case I would prefer to give someone else a chance. I remember how excited I was to get an award for the first time.
Thanks so much for thinking of me 🙂
Congratulations I have nominated you for the Shine on Award! Claim it now at: http://dailygluttony.com/2013/09/25/shine-on-award/
Wow, thanks! I’m honoured 🙂 I’m super busy this weekend but I’ll try and reciprocate on Monday.
Great blog. I grew up on the NSW Central Coast with an abundance of everything fresh, then moved to Brandon, Manitoba in January for a year as an exchange student in 1988. Talk about a difference! Luckily most of my host mom’s were great cooks, especially the one from Quebec. Less luckily I gained loads of weight! I went back a few years later and lived in Medicine Hat for about 6 months – Calgary is one of my favourite places. Look forward to reading more of your blog
Hi Mel. Yes, the difference is quite amazing.. though we are in summer now so we’re trying to eat as fresh and local as possible! It is cherry season in BC, soon to be apricots and we’re enjoying local lettuce, beans and mushrooms.
I don’t know if you’ve heard but we’ve just had a major flood. The Saddledome was filled with water and there are so many people forced out of their homes along the river…billions of dollars of damage. They haven’t even come up with a total yet. Everyone is just devastated but the community spirit is filled with giving and lending a hand. Absolutely amazing. you should come back for a visit!
Hi Bernice, great blog! We really are spoilt for choice for fresh food in Australia, I completely take it for granted when I travel around and come back home to food that tastes as it should. I love that you have been around, I’m sure your recipes will reflect the fusion cuisine 😉