“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- 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…

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…

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….

Gardens, and roasted potatoes

Aside from all the crazy- I love November & December – yes it’s holiday prep but these are the months the seed companies finally slow down enough to ship out next years glorious bundles of excitement. Like those old toy catalogues we waited for each winter. Well is it worth it… it just may be……

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…

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…

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…