Apples, Tomatoes and Pears – Oh My!

The mother-in-law of one of the moms in my homeschool group grows organic apples in the Okanagan, and last week she apparently had a bunch that were not in good enough shape to send to market and asked my friend if she knew anyone who would want them. I was the lucky benefactor of theseRead more

Green Tomatoes

Just when I’ve totally given up on my tomatoes, the weather turns nice again! I made a batch of Green Tomato Mincemeat a month or so ago thinking that there was no way they’d ripen any more than they already had, but our weather has been incredibly sunny this fall, and it has really extendedRead more

Local Lovelies – Wine

I’m not exactly what one would call a wine connoisseur, but I do know what I like. I was introduced to this wine (Ehrenfelser) by my good friend Carla, who showed up on my doorstep with a bottle in hand one day, and it’s been one of my absolute favorites ever since. It’s fruity andRead more

Stocking Up

I think the planets must have been in alignment today. On our way home from the kids’ gymnastics class, we popped into a store to pick up a few things, and wouldn’t you know it, almost everything I needed was on sale! A few of today’s finds. I love it when I find a greatRead more

Cookbook Spotlight – Scots Cooking

I recently took this book out of the library in my ongoing search for the perfect bap recipe. I have a real hunger for a connection with my ancestral roots, so a whole book of traditional Scottish recipes really appealed to me. I had a hard time finding anything to eat when I was isRead more

Local Lovelies – Bagels

What could be better on a lazy Saturday morning than zipping down to the local bakery and grabbing something yummy to go with your morning coffee? A big bag of Montreal style bagels still warm from the wood-fired oven is about as good as it gets. These sesame bagels are incredible with a smear ofRead more

Roasted squash with all the fixins’

I harvested these lovely Delicata squashes from the garden today in order to make a yummy sounding dish that my good friend Catriona came up with recently.   To prepare the squash, I halved and seeded them, and then brushed them with a little olive oil. After a sprinkling of salt and pepper, I roastedRead more

Creamy Orzo

This fall weather really seems to make my family crave comfort foods, and I can’t imagine anything more comforting than a steaming dish of creamy pasta. This recipe for orzo (a rice-shaped pasta) really fits the bill and is my kids’ current favorite meal. I love it because I can whip it together in aboutRead more

Pesto

I finally made a big patch of pesto with the last of the basil from the garden, and froze it in ice cube trays for winter use (I then tap them out and store them in freezer bags). This is my favorite way of preserving pesto, as it retains it’s fresh, summery flavour, and theRead more

Things to do with Zucchini

Late summer usually means an overabundance of summer squash for gardeners – namely, zucchini. I am no exception, especially when they get to be the size of this beauty. So, what to do with your bounty? I’ve got a few suggestions. The first is to saute it with a little olive oil and garlic andRead more