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Rebecca at WestCoast Small Home Expo, June 1 & 2

Very excited to announce my next public cooking appearance! 

I love doing these live cooking demos; they’re always so much fun. It’s been a hot minute since I did one, but I’m looking forward to appearing at the WestCoast Small Home Expo on June 2. 

West Coast Small Home Expo


Here’s the reality of living in Vancouver: it’s expensive. Housing is expensive, and the more square footage you have, the more you are paying for your mortgage or your rent. In addition, a lot of people I know and connect with are looking to live lives that are more minimalistic, sustainable and producing less waste. 

This trade show, which is taking place at the Tradex in Abbotsford, is all about embracing the tiny lifestyle. Tiny Houses? Laneway houses?? Small apartments? RV living? Yes, yes, and yes! 

Check out this cooking video I recently filmed on location in a tiny home! 

Lots of people are downsizing and looking to live in a smaller space, and this is going to be the place to connect with those like-minded people. 

My part in this show is going to be about cooking in a tiny kitchen. I live downtown in a little over 900 square feet, with my son. We don’t have a ton of space, but we love where we live because we love being able to walk or ride our bikes everywhere. Our location more than makes up for the lack of space. If you, like us, live in a small space, and want to be more efficient in your kitchen, then come on down and see me! 

The focus of my presentation is going to be on entertaining in a tiny space. Just because you don’t have a huge space doesn’t mean you can’t entertain! I’ll be sharing tips and tricks on how to cook and entertain a crowd in a tiny space. 

I’ll also be demoing how to make a cheesecake in the Instant Pot! 

Here’s the info: 

WestCoast Small Home Expo

June 1 (10 am-6 pm) & June 2 (10 am-5 pm), 2019

Tradex, Abbotsford 


My appearance will take place on the cooking stage on Sunday, June 2. 

Hope to see you there! 

If you can’t make it, you can attend virtually from the comfort of your couch! You can watch the entire livestream (which includes everything, not just my presentation) for just $15 here


Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

When you think about your ultimate comfort food, I’m guessing that it includes cheese. For me, it’s probably grilled cheese, or alternatively, mac and cheese. 

We all probably grew up with it; those horrible orange-coloured, cello-wrapped slices of fake cheese melty between two slices of bread, and, of course, the blue box, with that nuclear-orange-coloured packet of powdered cheese. 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Photo credit: Jeremy Dyson

But you’re not a kid now! You’re a grown-ass adult, and you deserve a grown-ass adult mac and cheese. 

What I love so very much about this recipe (which I have now been making for ages, but never actually bothered to post) is that it makes your favourite comfort food in about the same amount of time it takes you to make a boxed mac and cheese, except that it’s homemade. 

That’s right, kids. Homemade mac and cheese in the time it would take you to make boxed. 

We owe this amazing feat to that culinary MVP, the Instant Pot. 

Yes, yes, I’m obsessed. Noted. Moving on. 

So, in addition to this mac and cheese being quick, it can also very happily become a party. 

On a regular night, if you just need to feed the kids (or yourself after the bar, no judgement), I would pair this with a nice salad. 

But if you want to party with the mac and cheese, it’s down. Make a double batch (at least) and then break out a bunch of accoutrement. Dish up big, gooey bowls of mac and cheese, and then allow people to top it as they see fit. Kinda like sundaes, but with pasta. How can that be bad? 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Bar

Photo credit: Jeremy Dyson

Here are some topping ideas: 

  • Toasted breadcrumbs (panko is king if you can get it)
  • Cherry tomato slices
  • Chopped fresh herbs (basil would be especially good here)
  • Arugula dressed with a little olive oil and salt
  • Caramelized onions 
  • Fancy flavoured salts
  • Balsamic reduction
  • Truffle oil (for the most fanciest, grown-up-est mac and cheese)
  • Bacon bits, pulled pork or pork belly for the omnis 

Add a salad and some crusty bread, and you have a mac and cheese party! 

A quick word about cheese: obviously cheddar is traditional. I like to use a mix; gruyere is great, because it has that beautiful stringy consistency when it melts. I also like to throw a little hard cheese into the mix; a pecorino or a parmesan. They have a nice nutty flavour, and add salt as well. I will basically use whatever I have on hand, but if I’m making it to serve to a crowd, I’ll seek out some fancier cheeses. Fancier cheeses = more grownup mac and cheese. 

Finally, it’s easy to adapt this recipe to be gluten free. Because it’s not made in a traditional way with a roux, just swap out your regular pasta for gluten-free, and you’ll be golden. 

Mac and Cheese Instant Pot

Photo credit: Jeremy Dyson

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese 

(serves 2-4)


  • 225 g dried elbow macaroni 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 


  1. Place 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot, along with the salt and the macaroni. Give it a good stir. Place lid on, seal, and set to manual pressure cooking for 4 minutes. 
  2. After the 4 minutes are up, open the seal and allow the pressure to release. 
  3. Stir in the butter, milk, and smoked paprika. Stir until the butter is melted. 
  4. Add the cheese and continue to stir until it melts. If the sauce is too thin, turn on the sauté feature on the pot and allow it to cook down until you get the desired consistency. 
  5. Serve immediately.