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…

DIY Extracts- Mint

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

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….

PreFab movement – Home Canned pineapple

I recently read a November 2020 article in chatelaine – What pre cut produce is actually worth the money ? Some of the items on the list made complete sense like mushrooms – which in my store are exactly the same price as whole. Others listed like pineapple openly stated that they knew that you…

Stand your ground – Homemade yogurt

I love yogurt. I especially love that my kids love yogurt. When my kids were young they loved the fruit bottom kind. Until I realized it had 27g of sugar on average per pkg. That is 6.5 teaspoons just in yogurt. Which is already your child’s ENTIRE days worth of sugar. No wonder my toddlers…

Christmas already ? – Christmas jam

I went shopping today, and what did I see- Eggnog. Yes eggnog! the world has officially gone crazy. If it hadn’t already. I know other shops have decor and gift ideas but even the grocer has fallen victim to the extra early Christmas bug- Blame the pandemic – the need to make up lost revenue….

Keep those Bones! Home canned bone broth

A good stock is one of the first things you make in culinary. It is the foundation for many dishes from soups, stews to risottos and pasta. My teachers always said the signs of a good stock not just amazing complex flavour but that it gelatinizes as well when cooled. That is how you know…

DIY Extracts- Vanilla

One of my Pantry basics includes vanilla. I must have vanilla extract in my pantry- which is why 2017 changed how I do vanilla. Most of North America doesn’t even know about cyclone Enawo, aka the vanilla bean destroyer – but ever since it stormed across Madagascar in 2017 – I have been making my…

Mango Salsa

I am a sucker for sweet salsas. There is just something wonderful about combining a salty crunchy corn chip with the soft sweet taste of mango. I remember the first time I ever had mango salsa. My mother bought it by accident. At first taste she expected the hot spice she was used to, to…

Urban Gardening & Bruschetta in a jar

I am trying to become more self sufficient. Although I will never be fully independent like any homestead – livestock bylaws prevent chickens or goats (not that my husband would allow a goat – he would freak)- and our downtown backyard size, active boys and a dog it limits our options – so gardens it…