about mike


michael lewicki

My name is Michael. I spent over a decade following university in the restaurant industry, in one capacity or another. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by great food all my life, from the childhood family dinners to the long hours spent in restaurants. This blog has became an extension of my love and passion for all things food and drink. And the people that bring you together because of it.

I started this blog  after my wife suggested combining my two original passions,  food and writing. So that’s what I did. It’s slowly become my personal canvas to document my love for food and the memories that are formed from it. It gave me an outlet for my passions and a recipe page for my family and friends. This blog is a collection of all my recipes, photographs and life stories. Deeply personal, always heartfelt.

Most of my memories growing up involve food and people. Family get togethers.  People sharing themself and their food with me. And it’s continued that way today. Except now, I’m the one showing my love to those closest to me through my food. And stories.

I  live just outside of Toronto with my lovely wife, Wendy, and our dog and cat, Jack and Aerial. One family trying to make it, one day at a time. One post at a time. One life.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at Mike@versesfrommykitchen.com











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Amrita January 7, 2012 at 6:29 am

Your photography is beautiful! Loved going through your blog…and will definitely be back for more.


Melita January 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Loved seeing that you’ve started this blog. Saw you on Pioneer Woman often. I will continue to follow your blog here. Congratulations on the permanent address and things to come. I can tell, they will be big.

To the future – Melita


Karen January 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

What kind of cheese grater is laying next to your baked mac and cheese????


Celestine January 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

Hello. Been following your posts from Tasty Kitchen. (Yummy!) I read your “about” section for the first time today and saw the mention of Toronto. My fiance Phil just recently moved to Norfolk, Virginia from Sarnia, ON, but he is originally from TO. And we have been cooking up a storm:-)


Michael January 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Always nice to find another Canadian connection. Thanks for the kind words. Keep up the wonderful cooking!


Móna Wise January 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

Love your images Michael. Great stuff.


Sharon January 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm


Was wondering what lense are you using for your photography?? I thoroughly enjoy your writing and recipes. Home for me is outside of Kitchener-Waterloo but I’m living in Brockville. Where are you located?


Michael February 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Sorry I didn’t notice this for some reason until now. I mostly use the Nikon D7000 body with a 50mm f1.4 or 24/70 lens. Hope that helps.


Colleen January 26, 2012 at 1:36 am

Hi Michael, I just discovered your blog….how beautiful. I will try to be back regularly! Just that…….xxx


Michael January 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thank you so kindly Coleen! Glad you like it.


Marnie February 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

Great photographs!
Great writing!
Great recipes!

I bookmarked your blog after reading just three entries. I’ll let my ex-pat group here in Barcelona about your blog.


Michael February 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thank you Marnie!


Maja February 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

Hi Michael, nice to meet you :) I love your blog!


L. Aruna Dhir March 9, 2012 at 3:40 am

Loved your feature on Cider Rum Punch. The accompanying pics are excessive drool material and the writing simply tugs at one’s heart.

Way to go, Mike.


L. Aruna Dhir

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Whitney March 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

Michael! So glad to have found you on here. You are an incredibly talented photographer, writer and chef – very inspiring. I look forward to following you on here!

Cheers ~


Michael March 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Thank you Whitney!! Super kind of you.


caren August 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love coming across bloggers from the mother country! I was born and raised in Richmond Hill. I live and blog in LA now, but always happy to find little pieces of home.

So happy to have come across your blog!


Michael August 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Thanks Caren. I lived in Richmond Hill for a few good years. Thanks for stopping in and hope you do again!


Ola October 9, 2012 at 4:35 am

Hello, I have one question, please ask me which lens you use? Thank you!!!


Michael October 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I use a variety of lenses. However, the ones I use most often for this blog are the 50mm f1.4 and a micro.


Barbra Michnowski January 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

Michael I’ve just discovered your food blog I am so pleased with myself I feel as though I am the ONLY one to see the beautiful recipes along with your great photography I have also just discovered the recipe for the FALL STONE FRUIT CAKE from September 2012 Even though we are in Summer here in Sydney Australia our supermarkets (plus fruit stands should one care to go driving ) are abundant with stone fruit, nectarines, peaches both white & yellow flesh, apricots, also cherries even though my father in law just came back from a 3 hour drive to a country town called ORANGE in NSW to go Cherry picking Anyway I did post a comment in your sptember archive in relation to THAT CAKE I am looking forward to spending many hours with you, your recipes & memories from days gone by & hearing of your family & thank you for the mention of your pets My partner Mark & I have no human children BUT we have 2 very beautiful & extremely smart Toy Poodles who we both consider as our Children Thank you very much Michael Kind regards Barbra Michnowski aka KrystynaCooks


Michael January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thank you so much Barbra! I’m honoured and appreciative. I hope the summer treats you well and the bounty is good for you. Come back often!


Hannah February 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Michael,

We are writing on behalf of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur in interest of featuring ‘Verses From My Kitchen’ on the Frangelico blog. We love your creative ideas and think they would pair well with the brand. The Frangelico blog celebrates creative individuals, from chefs to DIY bloggers, and can be viewed here: http://frangelicousa.com/blog/. Our most recent featured blogger was Jenna Gurka of ‘Let’s Go Sunning. She collaborated with Frangelico by creating unique and fun DIY projects related to recipes, home decorating, and design. We were thrilled to have her on board and showed reciprocal support by linking our social feeds to her blog. Check out her contribution here: http://frangelicousa.com/2012/10/23/diy-frosted-candle-holder/.

We are hoping to work with you for the month of March, focusing on spring related posts. We are open to ideas, but would love a post with either a cocktail or baked good recipe using Frangelico. If you are interested, we love to speak more with you regarding compensation and logistics. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to hearing from you.



christine April 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hello, I have just stumbled upon your space here and I think it is wonderful! Your photographs are perfect and of course so is the food!


Michael April 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thank you Christine! Thanks for taking the time to tell me.


Kirsten May 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Was looking around for a recipe for red lentil soup and came across your blog. I too am a writer so was drawn in by your words before I even made it to the recipe! Your words, images and food are all lovely. And then my surprise to see you were a fellow Torontonian! I live in Vienna, Austria now but had this odd sense of familiarity as I read your words. Just goes to show, there must be a Toronto thing!


PAULY BELL June 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Your strawberry rhubarb cobbler recipe looks great. I think I’ll make it in about 3 weeks when our local strawberries are available.

My first time at your blog.
You wrote: “thought it was the perfect time to make some individual cobblers for my wife and I.”
(Should be “for my wife and ME”) Eh?
Off to have a look at your photos.


Michael June 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Pauly for the comment. I hope you enjoy it when your strawberries are in season. Here it’s wife and I. Thanks.


Teresa June 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Hi Michael.
Your site and photography are simply gorgeous. I’m so glad I happened upon you from Tasty Kitchen. I’ll be back often to visit.


Michael July 17, 2013 at 12:37 am

Thanks Teresa!!


Janelle September 15, 2013 at 2:55 am

Just discovered your blog after seeing a photo of your Shrimp Bisque and link to it in a Huffington Post article, “100 Soups to Fall in Love With”. I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment on a blog before, but I loved your photos and then felt an instant connection when I read you’re from Toronto–my hometown. I now live just outside of Seattle and was looking for new soup recipes to get me and the family through our rainy West Coast winters. I can’t wait to try the Bisque. If it tastes half as good as it looks I’m sure we’ll love it. Cheers!


angela@spinachtiger October 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

I am always looking for outstanding food blogs to follow and this is one of them. The way you photograph the food and your recipes just warms my soul. This is a gift you have and blogging is such a wonderful thing, because you can share your art with the world. Now if only I could eat some of your food in reality!


Michael October 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thank you for taking the time to write this. I’m flattered. Thank you!!