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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Carnitas

My son slow cooks his carnitas in fat, I prefer this version submersed in beef broth. It has less fat but is just as flavourful. INGREDIENTS: 1.25 grams cubed pork shoulder, large fat sections removed (measured after cut) 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion… Read more »

Base Pasta Sauce – Butter & Onion with Pasata

This is based off the famous Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce 5 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion (vidalia or red) – cut in large chunks 1 quart pasata Add all ingredients to sauce pan, bring to simmer for 30 minutes

May Blooms in the Garden

Jacob's Ladder Purple Rain blooming in May

The gardens have certainly reacted to our strange weather patterns this year. We had a very mild winter followed by a warmer-than-usual spring. The mean temperature for May was 15.4C in our area, well above the 12.9C we saw in 2023. The result is that much of the ornamental garden has bloomed earlier than usual.… Read more »

April Blooms in the Garden

Hellebore and lungwart

Until the last few years, April in my gardens meant mostly daffodils. Adding some woodland garden plants changed all that. My three go-to perennials for April: Hellebore, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) and Carex. These perennials combine very well in a woodland or shade to part-shade situation and add a lot of spring interest. Here’s what my April… Read more »

New Strawberry Beds. Trying Again in Raised Planters

New strawberry beds in raised planters

I can’t believe we’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m finally getting around to planting a dedicated strawberry bed. I did try strawberries in the back when we first moved, but the only mammals that got to enjoy them were the chipmunks. I even tried covering the plants with an elaborate chicken wire cage… Read more »

Redoing the Bird Sanctuary Garden Patio

final bird garden patio

It never ceases to amaze me how much a garden evolves over time. When we first moved here in 2004, our gardens were pretty bare, with just a few small evergreens and a lot of ground cover. Bit by bit, I started adding different features and creating separate garden spaces. One of my favourites was… Read more »

Pork or Chicken Stuffing Ideas – Dinner for two

I’ve been into stuffing either a port tenderloin or 2-3 chicken breasts each week with a different stuffing. This works out to a good serving size for two people with a little left over for a lunch. My general recipe is a vegetable, cheese, some herbs along with some kind of spread. The method is… Read more »

Butternut Maple Soup

Almost everything tastes better with home grown maple syrup! This was a small batch soup made with left over roasted butternut squash and made just after finishing our maple syrup for the season. Measurements are very rough INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped large bunch thyme, left on stems… Read more »

Maple Cookies with Butterscotch Chips and Pecans

maple butterscotch cookies

It’s hard to get a strong maple flavoured cookie without maple extract. Since I only make these cookies once or twice a year (definitely right after making our own maple syrup) I don’t feel like buying maple extract. To boost the flavour a little I added butterscotch chips which I always have on hand. I… Read more »

Roasted Cauliflower & Pancetta Soup

I bought a gigantic head of cauliflower this week so decided to make a savoury flavoured soup. It turned out quite well. The pancetta adds a real deep flavour and the zest adds some nice acidity. INGREDIENTS 1 large head cauliflower, break into florets 200g pancetta 1 onion, chopped medium 2 stalks celery, chopped fine… Read more »