Back To School Breakfast Banana Muffins

Breakfast Banana Muffins with seeds and coconut

With back to school time approaching, I was looking for ways to create new, fast, but healthy on the go breakfasts and snacks that my boys could eat on the drive to and from school. Their new school is a nut free school, so I needed to come up with a way to make a… Read more »

Rosemary Mint Wine Jelly

Wine jelly with goats cheese on crackers

“A sweet wine jelly infused with mint and rosemary”. For our first try at mint flavoured wine jelly, we used a Voignier wine that was a bit passed it’s prime — and it worked wonderfully. I’ve made wine based jelly before having made our own Garlic Jelly so the process was not new. A note… Read more »

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

If you are wondering what to do with all those extra cherry tomatoes from the garden, one option is to slow roast them in the oven with a little garlic. The extra sweet nature of cherry tomatoes make these a terrific addition to sauces and soups during those long winter months. They also taste great… Read more »

Knowing When To Cut Back

Annual Planters

It has been a terrific summer to enjoy the outdoors this year and at the same time it has been a busy summer for most gardeners. Flower pots had to be watered constantly, often twice daily, to keep up with this year’s heat and sun. The vegetable garden exploded with tomatoes (I’m already at twice… Read more »

Million Dollar Tomato Jam

“If I Had $1000000 We wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner. (But we would eat Kraft Dinner. Of course we would, we’d just eat more. And buy really expensive ketchup with it. That’s right, all the fanciest Dijon Ketchup. Mmmmmm.)” Barenaked Ladies Well, I don’t know whether I’d like Dijon Ketchup but this recipe for… Read more »

Smoked Salmon Frittata For Dinner

A delicious way to have smoked salmon for dinner, combined with black olives and cream cheese.  Serve with Zucchini and Smoked Salmon Rolls with Cream Cheese.   Ingredients 2-3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 small onion, chopped 4 ounces (about 125g) smoked salmon, roughly chopped 8-10 black olives, diced 7 jumbo eggs 2 tablespoons milk 3… Read more »

Zucchini and Smoked Salmon Rolls with Cream Cheese

Inspiration can happen when two challenges collide head on.  First my husband has mostly given up wheat (we won’t mention pizza night).  This presents quite a challenge to find ways to ‘hold’ flavours that are usually combined in some form or other on bread.  Second, we are in the midst of zucchini season and unfortunately… Read more »

Hydrangea aborescens ‘Invincibelle Spirit’

Height: 1.2 m (4 feet) Spread: 1.2 m (4 feet) Bloom: Large, pink, globe shaped heads June to Frost Exposure: Full sun to part shade Foliage: large medium green leaves Pluses: long bloom, winter interest Finally, a pink aborescens hydrangea is here. Until now, all aborescens have been white with the best known being Annabelle.… Read more »

Evolution Of A Gardener

I recognize that I am still relatively new to the gardening thing, having only gardened for about 12 years. Yet in that time, my approach to gardening has evolved. Cycles of hot-dry, cold-wet weather teach you a lot about gardening for the long term as do the natural evolution of knowledge that comes with experience… Read more »

Yogurt Pecan Soy Waffles

My sons love waffles for breakfast and while I have no objection to the amount of maple syrup we seem to consume, I was not happy with the ingredient list in frozen waffles purchased from the grocery store. In my continuous effort to reduce the amount of packaged foods we eat, I came home one… Read more »