Inconvenience and other truths

We all have our ideas of what our life is suppose to look like and when. Things seldom come when the are “suppose” to. Overdue, early or sometimes a complete surprise. Roe vs Wade headlines splashed across my screen, screams of human rights and Life could almost be heard in the picture. I read a…

Light fluffy quinoa

Quinoa- the somewhat mysterious superfood. It seems to show up at every potluck, and you know you should try it ….but do you? I have had some really terrible quinoas in my day. Cold gloppy or lifeless, so I get the apprehension. So what is the magic secret with Quinoa? does it really have to…

Lent, Borscht, and memories

The internet is flooded with recipes as tributes to Ukraine. Named an authentic Ukrainian dish. This post is not intended as another one of those posts. See it started Monday, when my darling child showed me a paper. It asked who were the first in the family to migrate to Canada – list the push…

Victory Garden

It seems more and more that food security is up to us. With headlines from Bloomberg shouting the shortages because of the Ukrainian war, Russia owning most of the worlds potash – a fertilizer or the UN siting bad crops, weather and pandemic there is no shortage of research that tells us the grocer shelves…

Essential canning season checklist

Garden season is almost here, which means we must start thinking about preserving that bounty too. The past two years canning supplies have been in high demand. Luckily, during this early time most people are not yet thinking about canning. So supplies are still readily avail to stock up on. Now is the time to…

Seeking Smarter – Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

I love watching the Amazing race. In this race people must preform tasks to acquire clues to move on to the next part of the race across the globe. In Tataouine it was a listening task. If that location sounds familiar to you, your not wrong. The abandoned village in Tunisia is the actual set…

Pantry prep – the supply chain

With everything piling up this is what the local stores in bigger cities are looking like. The shelves are remaining empty too. Where before it took maybe a week to restock, the stores have no idea when or if they will ever get restocked on items. Everything from pandemic, union issues, transportation issues, and supply…

Living In full colour- Berry Parfait

There has been numerous uptakes in creative hobbies during the pandemic. Everything from beads to breads graced the tables of those weathering the pandemic storm. Relaxing and creating something new. I read a blog post with a you tube link to a avid paint by number painter claiming adult paint by numbers are the way…

Spicy black bean soup

I was introduced to black bean soup by a born and bred vegetarian, who didn’t know how to cook anything. My college room mate and I shared a house with 2 others. Jessica was from the big city. Her family never ate meat on principle and so she grew up never eating it either. One…

Crispy tofu

People have strong opinions about tofu. It’s right up there with health and politics on the list of things people just avoid at the table. I have an uncle that loves tofu, I think that is where my love of it comes from. My husband used to be a tofu hater, but then the annual…

Rainbow rolls

I love wraps. I think I love them because it doesn’t feel like your eating a salad. Also it is just as customizable as any taco. When given the option between a wrap and a salad my youngest will always choose wrap. This list below is a selection of optional ingredients – only choose what…

Paper, words & Matzo Balls – vegan

The Online learning can provide interesting insight into your child’s life. Sitting quietly in the other room listening to the teacher read aloud from their daily reading novel moved me. Their novel of choice Jakeman by Deborah Ellis. This particular passage Jake and this fellow companions found their social worker’s reports. One for each child,…

Winter ratatouille- vegan

ratatouille – pronounced – rat.Ah.Tooie – we are not referring to a Disney movie about a rat but a wonderful dish out of southern France. Traditionally it is served with lovely roasted summer vegetables. We have altered this dish to fit our northern climate and the readily avail cold season vegetables. It is just as…

Daniel Fast spotlight- recipe sources

It is that time of year again…fasting time. Ever wonder how you never realize it is already here. Then your like AHHH what do I eat… What is Daniel fast? Well it is the fast that Daniel went listed in the bible. It is basically a vegan diet – in plants whole grains, water etc….

Rosh Hashanah – Apple Honey Challah

We are fast approaching Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New year. So this week we set aside canning and talk BREAD! I have long since known a Jewish man, named Micheal. When I was but a teen he once told me…”Your never too poor to buy good Bread”. He would gift us with fresh bagels each…

How to on : Extended Pantry

Recently I was asked “How do you stock a pantry?”. I was caught off guard, realizing some people actually have never developed an extended pantry. Nor do they even know where to start. They live day to day or meal to meal. In the economic climate we are in, many people are wanting to prepare…

Homemade thick creamy Yogurt

Have you ever had anything that was just …good. Not GREAT! But good. It’s like meh? Nothing to write home about but I’ll eat it. Well, that was homemade yogurt for along time, the flavour profiles just weren’t there. I did not feel the motivation to make it because it was only meh… UNTIL….now. So…

“Naturally fermented” Garlic Dill pickles

Some people cringe when they hear the word “fermented”. But old fashion Crock pickles are just that. High in gut healthy bacteria they are a great addition to your pantry. Plus they are super easy to make- no old fashion crock required. (But if you have one use it ) Georgia Varozza has a book…

Summer time popsicles – 3 healthy ways

With climatologists warning that this summer could be hottest on record, we are finding inventive ways to cool off. Popsicles or lollies are a simple way to do that. Conventional store bought lollies are nothing more then corn syrups, food colouring and artificial flavours. We are a smoothie crew. With some who desperately need the…

Summer- No sugar added Strawberry jam

You truly know school is done and summer is upon us when strawberry season has arrived. There are beautiful days we ditch the books and laptops and head to the berry patches. I grew up within walking distance of the local farms. My mother never had to buy berries at the grocer and it wasn’t…