About

I grew up on a mixed farm in Saskatchewan. 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. Hunting parties were our regular fall gatherings with family and friends; a chance to make my grandpa’s German goulash with wild game and to bring the banjo out for a jam session.  One neighbour raised chickens, another pigs. Farm fresh eating was the ultimate luxury during summer and autumn months and by the time winter came around my Grandma, mom and aunts had pickled, canned, and frozen enough of the excess to get us through. While not a ‘fancy’ cook, my mom is a good, steady farm cook but baking bread is another story. My mom makes delicious bread and it’s still in great demand from family and friends alike.

I grew up, went to university and got my BSc. Paleontology. 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!

It’s been almost five 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!

Enjoy! Bernice

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18 comments

  1. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    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 😉

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  2. Mel @ The cook's notebook

    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

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    1. dishnthekitchen

      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!

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  4. dailygluttony

    Congratulations I have nominated you for the Shine on Award! Claim it now at: http://dailygluttony.com/2013/09/25/shine-on-award/

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    1. dishnthekitchen

      Wow, thanks! I’m honoured 🙂 I’m super busy this weekend but I’ll try and reciprocate on Monday.

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  5. ladyredspecs

    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.

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    1. dishnthekitchen

      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!

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      1. ladyredspecs

        You can accept an award multiple times, but I understand fully if you choose not to!

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        1. dishnthekitchen

          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 🙂

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  6. Transplanted Cook

    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/

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  7. kandee2013

    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 !! 🙂

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  8. Natalie Browne

    Hi Bernice,
    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/

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  9. Kimberlie Robert

    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.

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    1. dishnthekitchen

      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.

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  11. Terri@foodmeanderings

    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 🙂
    Terri

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    1. Bernice Hill

      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?

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