Spiced Apple Crumb Pie

A crumb topping makes a delicious change for this spicy apple pie. The cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves are quite noticeable in this recipe. If you do not really love cinnamon, I would recommend reducing the spices by up to one half. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup unbleached flour 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground… Read more »

Too Late For This One

Well it’s that time of year again — the deer are roaming and that means many of my trees are susceptible to damage from bucks rubbing their antlers along the bark. Every year I debate — to cover or not to cover. Bucks rub their antlers on young, flexible trees to remove the velvet that… Read more »

Ice Wine Vinaigrette

Another part of my Harvest Menu, I used some of the Magnotta Vidal Ice Wine in this Ice Wine Vinaigrette.  It is pleasantly not too sweet, and a perfect match with bitter baby arugula. INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons ice wine 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper… Read more »

Ice Wine Martini

A classic vodka martini with just a hint of sweetness.  We enjoyed these as part of our Harvest Menu and used Magnotta 2008 Vidal Icewine. It is best served very cold. 1 oz vidal icewine 2 oz vodka Frozen grapes Freeze grapes ahead of time for a minimum of 4 hours. Place vodka in freezer… Read more »

Garlic Jelly and Cream Cheese Spread

Made with our home made Garlic Jelly these are a one bite treat. INGREDIENTS 3 parts cream cheese 1 part garlic jelly crackers DIRECTIONS In food processor or small blender, mix cream cheese with garlic jelly until well combined. Place in a plastic squeeze bottle with fairly large opening in top (about 1/4 inch). Refrigerate… Read more »

Tomato Scape Canapes

A simple yet tasty appetizer with a delightful use of garlic scape pesto. We make these when out of season using frozen pesto (frozen without the cheese). Have everything ready to assemble at the last minute. Assembling early will result in a soggy cracker. INGREDIENTS cherry tomatoes, ends removed and sliced in half to form… Read more »

Pasta Bolognese

A meat lovers sauce with a slight kick from the italian sausage, this Bolognese style pasta sauce is great on a cold winter day. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 125 grams (about 4 ounces) pancetta 1 pound ground beef 1 pound mild italian sausage meat (I used Johnsonville) 2-3 carrots, chopped fine (about 1 cup)… Read more »

Cold And Blustery Day

The day is proving to be cold and blustery, with the potential for freezing rain in the forecast. It’s that in between time of year — not anything; neither fall nor winter, just a waiting game. So I’m spending the day in my warm, dry and quiet office organizing myself for a winter of garden… Read more »

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree Topiary

I was looking for a different outdoor decoration for our front entrance this year and stumbled upon the idea to build my own Christmas tree topiary. I usually use greenery from the garden center and around the yard to decorate the two urns on either side of our doorway. While this looks nice I was… Read more »

Hemerocallis ‘Salieri’ Daylily

Height: 90 cm (36 inches) Bloom: early season Colour: Huge, very deep red-purple blooms with green throat. Another of my favourites. The blooms sit very high (truly close to three feet), are absolutely huge, there are loads of blooms, not much more you could ask for. Beware picking off dead flowers after a rain though,… Read more »