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

Blackberry Jam

Blackberry bushes are one of the most invasive plants that we have around here. Any untended space is quickly overrun with these opportunistic brambles – but you won’t hear me complaining! As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing that beats the flavour of a fully ripe, sun-warmed blackberry. I’ve been a blackberry gleaner for asRead more

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

We’re Jammin’

I recently finished reading Well Preserved: A Jam Making Hymnal (on Tammie’s recommendation). It’s a lovely book, and I’ve been itching to try out some new recipes ever since. Having just picked up some gorgeous peaches and blueberries at the market on the weekend, I spent the morning making a couple of batches of jam.Read more

Pickles

Mmmm…I love dill pickles and always wanted to try making them (especially since the organic ones are so expensive), but until recently I had never tasted a homemade pickle that I actually liked! I don’t like them sweet, or tasting of pickling spice, I just want a good, garlicky, Kosher dill pickle. Well, last yearRead 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