What’s the story with all these recipes?

Big Sis (Erin) and Little Dish (Silvi)

This is a blog run by two sisters. Erin is the big sister who lives in New York, and Silvi is the little sister who lives in British Columbia.

They both love to cook! They created this blog to share & store stories about and recipes for the food they make.

Erin is a professional puppeteer, storyteller and arts educator who loves comfort food.  She has, because of health issues, been re-teaching herself to cook without gluten for the last eight years.  She usually often  instructions for how to make her favourite dishes both with and without gluten.

Silvi is an urban gardener, skilled theater craftsperson, musician and chocolatier, who is currently working for a growing season on a smallish family farm in Turtle Valley, British Columbia.   She is a vegetarian  and she  likes to improvise using seasonal ingredients and alchemical kitchen techniques.

Remember, if you want to make a recipe but don’t have some of the exact ingredients, just substitute for something you have. Cooking is fun!

We’ve also included a page with cookbooks we each use, and ingredients we keep in our pantries for spur-of-the-moment cooking.


  1. Angela

    Looks beautiful Silvi! I will have to try some of these yummy looking recipes out. Om nom nom nom. Happy eating! :)

  2. Ooh hooray! Hope you like! :D


  3. HELLO THERE, firstly I have to say thank you some of your recipes have become staple foods in my house!! secondly I have nominated you for the ‘Kreativ Blogger Award’, go to my blog, thecommontarte.wordpress.com to see the terms and to see your review from me :) thank you again for your awesome blog xx

  4. L.J.!

    Thank you for your kind words and for giving us an award! I am feeling all warm and appreciated and stuff.


  5. Rollene Billilngs

    What a wonderful idea…..! You two are awesome. Being friends with your Mom, and having known your Father, it’s no wonder you two are full of love and creativity. Much success to you both and hopefully I’ll see you sometime in the future. Just what I needed to get my own creative cooking juices flowing….Mahalo

  6. HEY! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award, you and your blog bring sunshine to my life when I read it every week! Here is the link to my post including links to your website! Thank you for blogging :) L.J


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  8. Hi Erin and Silvi! Because I truly love reading your blog and checking out your inspiring pictures, I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. Check out my blog for more information!

  9. Hi Erin and Silvi, I just stopped by to say that I’ve nominated Big Sis Little Dish for the Inspiring Blog Award! (You can see the post here: http://spontaneoustomato.com/2012/08/16/avocado-hummus/ )

  10. Hi :) I’ve nominated you for The Sunshine Award… I think you can claim it here: http://welcomebackbelly.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/an-award-nomination/ although I must admit I’m not 100% sure if I’ve done it right, it being my first go at this and all… anyway, I love your blog so of course I nominated you! :)

  11. I love how you both live in separate places however your food and your blog is like bridge towards you both keeping you closer in touch. xx

  12. Hello! I absolutely love your blog and have nominated it for the WordPress Liebster Award! Follow this link for guidelines. http://margber.com/128-2/my-very-first-award/ Congratulations!! : )

  13. Glenda Berry

    Haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but the photography is great. The writing is good, too. Nice layout. Really well done, Erin & Silvi.


  14. Vihren Dimitrov

    Hi, this is Vihren. Your blog is awesome! The pictures are beautiful! I want to make everything on here! Too bad free time and ingredients are not easy to access for me now… Erin, I loved your show and talking to you and Chris this past Friday!

  15. Vihren Dimitrov

    Definitely! It’s also interesting to explore local foods. I just tried a bunch of very high quality soy sauces and vinegars that we bought on our last trip to the east coast (Hualien). Such a variety of flavors! There were interesting ice creams, confections and unfiltered artisanal beers as well… I hope I can show you around a bit the next time you come here!

  16. Vihren Dimitrov

    Can’t wait to see both of you again!

  17. I really enjoyed your post “The Right Kind of Marmalade”. :) I’m aiming to make Seville Orange marmalade this January, following my grandfather’s recipe. I live in Brooklyn, and so, was wondering, is Eastern Parkway and Nostrand the best place to get bitter oranges? Thanks so much, David.

    • Hi David,

      You can get seville oranges at most of the West Indian grocery stores in the neighborhood of Flatbush. They will be labled “sour oranges”. If you are near the Q and B trains go to Church Ave station. Leave the station by way of the Church Ave exit (not Caton Ave) and turn left as you leave the station. All the green grocers on that stretch of Church should have sour oranges. I have been getting them at the places on Flatbush Ave between Parkside and Caton because that is near my house. Good luck and Happy marmalade making!

  18. Thanks so much for the tip, much appreciated! D.

  19. Hi there! Just letting you know I’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. As always, acceptance is purely optional, so if you’re interest then please visit my post here:


  20. Hello! Just letting you know we’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. As always, acceptance is purely optional, so if you’re interest then please visit my post here http://arecipeforgluttony.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/versatile-blogger-awards/

  21. Please contact me regarding becoming a future Featured Food Blogger! Love your gluten-free recipes!

  22. Hey Erin! I just came across your blog, it looks great! Hope all is well and don’t be a stranger it’s been too long. Raoul

  23. Hey Erin,

    I want to ask about putting one of your recipes in my book and want to e-mail you about it–can you send me a message lorihoney(at) telus (dot) net.

    Lori Weidenhammer aka Madame Beespeaker

  24. We just found you and are so happy to join the rest of your followers! We must be gluten-free due to celiac disease and have been so for 12 years. Will definitely be browsing through your recipe index!! Thanks!

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