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 […]
Fresh basil is awesome in the summer. You can add it to bruschetta toppings, pasta sauces, or make pesto from scratch. It smells great – way better than that dried stuff in the shaker jar. It can be expensive to buy fresh, but with a pot of dirt, a basil plant or seeds, and some […]
So this is my fourth year of urban gardening and so far, so good. The tomatoes are growing like crazy, the carrots are coming along well and I’ve even got some beets on the go! I can’t wait to make home made pasta sauces and pestos with the veggies and herbs. Living in a city […]
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 […]
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.
This post is a spin-off from Growing Grocery Store Plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon. Due to the popularity of that post I am making a separate entry for the avocado plant instructions to make things more organized. GROWING AVOCADO There are two avocado plants on my windowsill, and each one was grown using a […]
This recipe came to mind one night when I wanted something fresh and healthy without spending much time cooking. You can save time by getting a package of pre-cut veggies (I like the kind that has bell peppers, zuccini and red onions) or you can chop up whatever you’ve got on hand if that’s your style.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]