DIY Grape Trellis – High Cordon Trellis System

This summer, H and I built a grape trellis for the garden plot. I’ve been wanting to grow my own Cordon grapes for years now, so I’m excited that I finally found time for this project. We went with a trellis that works well for North American and European grape varieties: the High Cordon Trellis System. It consists of two […]

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Spring pasta salad: Asparagus, basil pesto, and chive flowers

I put together this recipe one night while trying to use up the asparagus and cherry tomatoes in the fridge. The basil pesto adds healthy fat and protein from the olive oil and nuts, making it more filling than sugar-laden salad dressings. If using store-bought pesto, aim for a high-quality brand that contains pine nuts and olive oil (rather than […]

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How to make Kefir

Today I’m posting a review of kefir grains along with instructions for making your very own kefir at home. The people at Kefir Kitchen have generously sent me a free sample of their grains (the starter bacteria), all the way from Turkey to Canada, in exchange for a written review of the product. In case you’re wondering what the heck […]

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How to make vegetable broth from veggie scraps

Do you ever feel bad when you throw away veggie scraps, even if they are going into the compost? I know I do. It’s not as if there is anything wrong with the leftover bits of parsley and thyme, or with that one dinky carrot sitting alone in the crisper bin. It would be nice to do something with them, but […]

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How to Make Kimchi

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 for […]

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Harvesting and Saving Tomato Seeds

So last month I taught myself how to save seeds from garden vegetables. I figure if I’m going to keep gardening, I should expand my knowledge at least a little bit each season. I chose to start with something easy: tomato seeds from the gigantic cherry tomato plant in our front garden.   Of all my plants, it growth was the most […]

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Smoky Apple BBQ Sauce

Shouldn’t apples be part of the main dish too, sometimes? It’s that time of year for apple crumbles and apple pies, apple muffins and apple cider. Any baked good that exists can and will be stuffed with apples. It’s glorious. But should we really have to wait until dessert to have our apples and eat them too? Of course not! […]

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Love yogurt? Make your own – make it Greek, even!

I have a confession to make. I wasn’t planning to post about yogurt until I had mastered it. The plan was to be like Bruce Wayne in the movie Batman Begins, when he goes off to the mountains and trains to become a kick-ass superhero. Only instead of learning ninja moves, I would learn to make yogurt from all types of milk – almond, coconut, cashew, soy – the […]

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Just for fun: macaroni and cheese tacos

Normally I try to eat healthy, but last night I said screw that. I had a craving for both KD and for tacos. Instead of cooking each thing separately, we decided it made more sense to put them together. This is how it turned out!     I’m sure that someone somewhere must have made this before. This is a first […]

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