Garden Pests and Blueberry Pie

Have I mentioned lately how much I’d like to get out of the city? Vancouver is extremely safe as cities go, but as I sit here typing, there is a plain clothes police officer sitting in my tomato patch doing surveillance on (I’m assuming) one of our neighbors. At least they had the decency toRead more

Peachy Pancakes

I absolutely love peaches and I firmly believe that the only way to eat them is fresh, standing over the sink, with the juice dripping off your elbows. And while I often can’t resist their charms long enough to turn them into anything else, I do take the time on late summer mornings to makeRead more

The tomatoes are ripening!!

Okay, so it would seem that my whining about having a bumper crop of tomatoes that were never going to ripen was a little premature. We’ve had a few good days of sunshine and things seem to be coming along nicely! The Siletz and Romas are looking good… … and I’m stunned at the sizeRead more

Mollie Katzen and Tabouli

Where would I be without Mollie Katzen? So many of my favorite recipes come from the pages of her cookbooks. So much so, that when my kids move out, the one thing I will be sure to send them off with is a copy of The Moosewood Cookbook – partly because it covers almost everythingRead more

Soy Milk

One of the best things we’ve done to help us save money while eating healthfully was to buy a soy milk maker. With it we are able to produce 1.5 litres of fresh, organic soy milk for about 30 cents. This is a huge savings over the $4 – $5 I would pay for theRead more

Truffles and Beans

I got my first real harvest of the Fortex pole beans that I planted in my Three Sisters plot today. I was shocked by how big they are – some were almost a foot long. We chopped these ones up and threw them in with the spaghettini and pesto that we had for dinner. ConsideringRead more

Baps

Being the good displaced Scots that they are (we’re descended from Fergusons on my grandfather’s side, and Wallaces on my grandmother’s side) my kids have a love affair with Scottish Bap buns. There’s a bakery here that makes exceptional whole wheat baps, but we go through them so fast that I thought it was timeRead more

Crunchy Granola

An accurate description of me? There are some who would say so. Homemade granola has to be one of my all time favorite breakfast foods. I’ve tried different flavour combinations, but I think the simplest ones tend to be the most satisfying. It isn’t exactly a low-calorie breakfast cereal, but a little bit fills youRead more

Hemp

I couldn’t have a blog about food and sustainability without mentioning hemp, that much maligned and misunderstood plant (which has none of the narcotic effect of the marijuana plant). In fact, I had a nice helping of shelled hemp seeds with my yogurt and honey this morning. They’ve got a rich, buttery texture similar toRead more

Griddle Me This

Pancakes seem to be the order of the day around the blogosphere lately (I’ve seen at least 3 references to them in the past few days), and my little corner is no exception. I love my pancake griddle/waffle iron. I know, it’s pathetic, but it’s true. Maybe it’s because it’s exactly the same as theRead more