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…

Dressing? stuffing?….Cornbread stuffing.

Whatever side of the pond your on the side dish of bread cubes roasted in turkey juices is quintessential part of Christmas and thanksgiving dinners alike. Round here, we make our own bread to use for stuffing the week before the event. I usually use Challah at my house it has a nice texture with…

Fall fare- Pumpkin spice Syrup

We are kicking off our Thanksgiving with all things Fall. That includes, pies, stuffing, a great squash recipe and hot drinks! First up, the ever cliche pumpkin spice latte… but seriously they are yummy. Sources say 1934 was when pumpkin spice first started to rise in popularity as it could make bland ration food, during…

DIY – Honey Vanilla whipped body butter

Mask, Open door, sanitize, work, repeat. That is the way of the world these days and it is leaving our skin feeling a little more then neglected. With winter coming closer and closer and early morning temps in single digits – I knew we had to save our hides (so to speak) or risk some…

DIY baking mixes …..Instant Falafel mix

When it comes to instant mixes falafel might not be the first one you think about. Without a doubt is sure makes life easier if your a falafel fan! We went on a falafel kick early spring- Inspired by a vegetarian style fast- with a store bought instant mix from a bulk store. They were…

DIY Baking mixes – CAKES!

Move over Betty Crocker, we are making our own cake mixes! Yes you no longer need those over priced boxes from the grocer. Here are the Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker copycat recipes I promised you. There are always a couple of these floating around my pantry – yes, even a pastry chef needs a short cut…

Favourite things…. Roasted red pepper Tomato soup

The first heavy frost advisory rang out from my iPad today. It meant I had to get the last of my tomatoes off the vines or risk losing them to frost. I had at least 14 cups of Roma tomotoes I popped into a roaster to cook up and freeze for later. Roasting & freezing…

DIY Baking mixes …

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…

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…