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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…