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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

Fruits of labour – Kabobs

We have a teacher in our lives who uses a banking system in her class. If you do your work, on time and participate you get paid in a virtual account. You can then cash in your hard earned cash in at the end of May or June at there class store. The store has…

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…