We are in the dog days of summer, which means it won’t be long until it’s time to start the annual preserving of the harvest. Crushing and jarring beautiful plump tomatoes; roasting peppers; pickling eggplants; making pesto; you get the point.

It’s one of my favourite times of the year, not just because of the beautiful ripe produce. It’s more about the process than the product. Getting together with family, the smells, the sounds. It’s all a reminder that food is not just about taste; it’s about emotion.