How to Make Your Own Raspberry Liqueur

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So I’m a fan of cocktails (martinis especially), and I want to start making them at home. That may sound easy enough, but there’s a problem: Most cocktail recipes call for two or three types of liqueurs, and each bottle costs anywhere from 20 to 30 bucks. Is it really worth it to spend 100 bucks or more at the […]

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Grocery Store Plants: A Date With Dragonfruit

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I couldn’t resist the corny title. I have a date plant and several tiny dragonfruit cacti growing on the windowsill right now. As you can see, I’ve got some other plants growing there as well. There’s a small orchid plant, a spider plant cutting, a mini lavender rose bush, and lilac bush cuttings. The date plant is the one that […]

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Update: Sweet Granadilla Plant

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I’ve been growing a sweet granadilla plant for a year now. It stayed in seedling stage for quite some time. Now, it is going through a growth spurt. It is 2 feet tall and still growing! In the past month alone, I have re-potted it twice. I’ve added stakes for support. Since it’s a vine, I should probably add some sort […]

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How to Make Kimchi

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I keep hearing about fermented foods and how great they are supposed to be for our gut health. A good deal of this talk (from where I’m sitting anyway) comes from yogurt commercials. In these commercials, health conscious women walk around their kitchens talking excitedly about the health benefits of their favourite yogurt brand. Live cultures! good bacteria! Eat yogurt […]

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Growing grocery store plants: Tamarind PART 1

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So it’s been a while since I’ve attempted to grow anything from a grocery store plant, but winter is coming so that means it’s time for some indoor entertainment. I will show you how to sprout tamarind seedlings. I chose to grow tamarind this time because a bunch of my recipes call for it. It is a sticky paste similar to dates […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: UPDATE (part 2 of 2)

DIY Flavourings, Fermented Food, and Other Fun Stuff

Some of you may remember my first post about homemade vanilla extract from June in which I split 2 vanilla beans down the middle, added them to 3/4 cup of vodka, and set the mixture aside. It has been a little over two months since then, which means it is time for a check in. Comparing my experiment to pure vanilla extract from the store seems the […]

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Bits of summer: basil flowers, growing eddoes and harvesting jalapeno peppers

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It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Even though it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and sandles most days, that doesn’t change the fact that the days are getting shorter, kids and teachers are getting ready for school to start, and my calender screams “hey you, it’s September!!” whenever I glance at it. When I look back on […]

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Grow your own peanut plant: Part 2 (UPDATE)

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Some of you may remember that I started growing a peanut plant some months ago. I am very happy to report that the plant is alive and well on its way to producing actual peanuts. First let’s look at what it’s been up to. So far, it has survived the affections of my cat Eowyn. It has produced a couple […]

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