New to the pantry – Boba

We have stocked a new pantry item this week, boba. Typically not an item you would find in my pantry, but someone is experimenting with cooking and really wanted to try their hand at making bubble tea. Black “Boba” are extra large tapioca pearls, usually made with brown sugar. When boiled they turn a deep…

Food conspiracy- Dry Ranch mix

I have one child who is developing his taste for veg slowly. Very slowly. Dip is often requested. When it comes to creamy salad dressings I always questioned why creamy dressings could be shelf stable. If you think about it too long, you begin to wonder about all those food conspiracies. How much gunk really…

Holiday Smells- All purpose Pie spice

Pie spice is the smell of the Christmas season in our home. Whether in hot cocoa, baked goods or simmering whole on the stove – it beckons the holidays ever closer. Come here, lean in and let me share a secret with you. Are you ready….your being scammed. It’s true. All those spice blends you…

Winter Blahs? DIY Tex mex Seasoning

What is it about winter that brings out the hot and spicy flavours of Latin America? If your like me I eat the most Mexican style food in the winter. Perhaps it is the wistful thinking of warmer weather, perhaps it is how it just makes your whole body cozy and warm. Maybe it is…

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…

DIY Baking mixes, cornbread, muffins pancakes oh my!

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…