The Garden in September

September is a funny time of year for gardening in Ottawa. August is usually full of rain, cool weather and cloudy skies. In September, the weather warms up and feels more like summer than fall. Then it’s cold. Then it’s hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot. This month is flip-flopping between beautiful warm evenings and bloody […]

Homemade Truffles with Variations (Vegan!)

These truffles are rich and creamy and perfect for the holidays. The secret ingredient: cashews blended with water to serve as a cream substitute. I got the basic recipe from the Food.com website, then grabbed flavouring ideas from another website and put it all together. When making several flavours, I like to make a big batch at once and pour […]

Tropical Strawberry Muffins (with recipe)

I put this recipe together yesterday when I had leftover pineapple juice in the fridge and a fresh carton of strawberries. These are light and fruity and a bit on the sweet side, so I don’t know if that makes them more cupcake-y than muffin-y, but they don’t need icing so I’m calling them muffins.

Homemade Vanilla Extract: UPDATE (part 2 of 2)

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 […]

Growing grocery store plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon

It’s the end of May and stores across the city are opening up their garden centers and stocking their shelves with plants, seeds, and other gardening supplies. Threat of frost seems to be over, and the ground outside has thawed. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to get planting!  I went to the nearest Canadian […]

Homemade Sesame Bagels

Right, so two weeks ago I was offered my first job in my field of study, which I accepted of course. So exciting! Now that I work at a medical laboratory, I need to wear scrubs and finding comfortable scrub pants is no easy task. I go to a different area of the city to do my shopping, and […]

Grow your own alfalfa sprouts

  I first started growing my own alfalfa sprouts last summer when I decided that it made no sense for me to spend anywhere from $3.00 to $4.00 on a package of sprouts from the grocery store. First of all, I don’t know what to do with an entire package of sprouts, thus resulting in most of it […]