Garbage Can Potatoes – Garden Journal

I LOVE LOVE LOVE potatoes. I am pretty sure I am like Forest Gump listing all the possible things I could do with the humble potato. I remember grade 3 our teacher taught us how to grow a potato. We planted our thin slice with a eye or two in an oversized pot and left…

Lockdowns, underwear & Blue-Barb jam

With the dawning of the pandemic there has been many new “firsts” for us. Like online underwear shopping, because underwear is considered non essential retail, yes you read that correctly – NON essential. Those health board people might be risqué, it is not yet spring here in the great white North- we still have risk…

Home canned Tomato soup

Tomato soup is an essential childhood staple- soda crackers or grilled cheese sandwich to go along side. I became a tomato soup expert over my many years. Which brands where worth buying and which tasted like red tempera paint mixed with sugar. Trust me it is a thing and it is horrible. With my adventures…

Perennial edibles (zone 5) – Garden Journal

The edible landscape trend is growing in popularity. With the onset of food security issues brought on by recent event the trend is even more so. If your like me I try hard to grow and can through out the summer. My husband recently suggested with our up coming kitchen renovation that we add more…

Raspberry bars

Every once and awhile we find ourselves on the pre packed band wagon. It usually happens when we are super busy, we give in to the kids demands and say sure why not ….then quickly realize why we abstained in the first place. The most recent band wagon purchase was a certain cereal bar. You…

DIY Extracts- Mint

I sit and look out my window at the snow that fell overnight. Peaceful, It looks more like January then April. A family member came down joking about Christmas … True , something about freshly fallen snow puts one in the seasonal spirit. Instantly my mind wanders to Christmas baking. The smells, and the joy…

New to the pantry – Boba

We have stocked a new pantry item this week, boba. Typically not an item you would find in my pantry, but someone is experimenting with cooking and really wanted to try their hand at making bubble tea. Black “Boba” are extra large tapioca pearls, usually made with brown sugar. When boiled they turn a deep…

Apple Juice – steam juicer

I know it is not yet harvest, but I always try and look ahead. Apples are amazing, incredibly inexpensive when in season and juicing them is just one of the many things you can do to stock them in your pantry. I have juiced apples and other fruit in the past using a juicing machine….

Nacho night- Perfect pantry meals

Thursday’s are my “no cook” night. We usually have a take out pizza. kids love the tradition. This past Thursday, we had nachos and dip. Introducing Skillet Nacho Dip. This skillet nacho dip is perfect for those who want to whip up a fast kid friendly meal. It is loaded with Mexican flavours bean, corn,…

Sprouting – a Garden Journal post

Sprouts, what a lovely word. It has been a just about week since I planted my space saver cucumbers and Scotia tomatoes – but I have had very fruitful results. (Pun intended). My seeds came in the Oh Canada- small garden seed heritage package and specifically designed for northern climate gardens. (avail on amazon )…

Chunky Granola clusters

I am a sucker for BIG chunky granola clusters. Granola is an amazing pantry staple. There is a brand that sells those chocolates covered ones that are addictive. I am sure you know the one I’m talking about. After eating too many bags, I decided to find a way to make my own clusters. It…

Super Creamy Mac & Cheese

I am a huge fan of all things cheese, so Mac and cheese is a staple on the list of comfort foods. My crew however, are not a fan of most homemade Mac and cheese recipes. Many oven based recipes – the baking dries them out and they have crispy bits they avoid (I love…

Faith & a side of Salmon

Have you ever had a moment in life where the floor just seems to drop out from under you? Your walking along just fine and then bam! Everything turns dark, cold, and you struggle to breath. Nothing makes sense in that moment. It takes every muscle, every ounce of will just to take the next…

Garden planning… a Garden journal post.

Have you ever made gardening mistakes? I know I have. I do not have a natural green thumb it is been trained. I am still learning too. I learned- do not plant what you do not actually eat or preserve. Or you will have a bumper crop of eggplants like I had one year and…

Raising Rebels & Italian wedding soup

My boy came home and told of a very exciting day. A protest at school broke out to “free a student” who was wrongfully accused and disciplined and told to stand at the wall at recess. At the injustice of it all 15-20 middle school students begin chanting “FREEDOM, FREEDOM!” Reminiscent of a scene from…

Balloons & autumn Couscous salad

I love kid logic. Once when my kids were toddlers they were given a helium balloon. One day, It had floated to the living rooms 10 ft ceiling, far above the head of a toddler. In an effort to be independent – they devised a method to retrieve the ballon on their own. I hear…

Rice pudding – Traditional & Vegan

Rice Pudding is classified as a poor man’s food. I cannot remember exactly when I had rice pudding for the first time. It was during the big 80s recession, in a run down rental property my biological mother could barely afford. Bouncing cheques to buy diapers. From what I remember she did not home cook…

Great Debate- Twice baked potatoes

Let’s talk yeast, nutritional yeast that is. What is it? According to healthline website nutritional yeast is high beneficial to a vegan diet or lifestyle. Below is beef summary of nutrition info found on their site. It is a complete protein: Nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids that humans must get from food….

Simplicity – apple sauce 4 ways

9 years ago, we had to have a maple tree removed from our front yard. A huge branch blew down and almost hit our house. That particular tree was 19 ft away from our home and cast wonderful shade over our front sunroom. Fast forward to this week: the struggle of online learning has wreaked…

Butternut squash risotto

Risotto, it is one of the first dishes you learn in culinary school. It was also the dish my head chef detested it with a passion. Perhaps it was because he suffered through marking students attempts at making it too many years. “Wallpaper paste…” is what he fondly called it. Now most risottos are made…