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…

Essential canning season checklist

Garden season is almost here, which means we must start thinking about preserving that bounty too. The past two years canning supplies have been in high demand. Luckily, during this early time most people are not yet thinking about canning. So supplies are still readily avail to stock up on. Now is the time to…

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….

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…

Raspberry bars

Every once and awhile we find ourselves on the pre packed band wagon. It usually happens when we are super busy, we give in to the kids demands and say sure why not ….then quickly realize why we abstained in the first place. The most recent band wagon purchase was a certain cereal bar. You…

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…

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…

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….