The Table

Herbed Cheddar Chive Popover

Everything happens at the table, well almost everything.  These days it’s a place for homework, working on my lap top, reading Saturday’s paper, most meals and Mike even proposed to me all those years ago.

I inherited my grandma’s table.  It’s perfect.  It is slightly worn and has 2 leafs that tuck under the table.  It can be big or small.  It can seat 15 people around it.  It can be tight for family dinners but everyone is at the table eating, talking and sharing.  It’s always been in my life from my grandma’s Sunday’s dinners to now for me and my family.  At my Amma’s, our traditionally Sunday dinner was roast beef, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, coleslaw and Yorkshire pudding and gravy.  And for dessert, it was always had a very small piece of chocolate cake.  It was the same meal when we gathered with my aunts, uncles and cousins for Sunday dinners. And of course the conversation around the table was lively from Blue bombers to politics to family updates.  Maybe it’s the inheritance of the table but I now host Sunday dinners.  Not every Sunday but most of them.  I guess it’s the routine of what I grew up with, gathering around the table, sharing conversation and a meal.  I sometimes make my Amma’s traditional dinner with the exception of Yorkshire pudding, I make popovers.  Two great variations are the Herbed Cheddar Chive Popover and the Sweet Popover.

Sweet Popovers

When I host Sunday suppers, I may be testing out new recipes on my family, having my daughter’s favourite of spaghetti and red sauce or just a simple homemade pizza and sometimes I do go back to tradition but it has a slight twist to the recipes.  The roast beef has a spice rub on it, the mashed potatoes are mixed with roasted garlic, the mixed vegetables sometimes stay or it maybe sautéed bok choy mixed vegetables the coleslaw is a classic so it remains and of course I make popovers.

Now its time to set the table!

Eat Well…Ellen


Plain Popovers 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (250 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature (3 )
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature, or heated slightly until warm to the touch (250 mL)
  • 2 tsp canola oil (10 mL)


1. Preheat oven to 450°F (220°C).2. Measure all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Beat well to combine ingredients. Mixture should be smooth. Set aside.3. When the oven is ready, heat the muffin pan for 1 to 2 minutes, until it is very hot. Spray evenly with canola oil.4. Pour batter into muffin pan cups and place in oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until popovers have risen completely and are golden brown in colour.