CSA Box Week 2: What to do with beans and cabbage?

These CSA boxes remind me of Chopped, a cooking show where chefs are given mystery baskets with random ingredients, which they must use to cook a meal. Obviously, me receiving a CSA box isn’t the same thing as a televised cooking competition. However, I find myself saying the same thing that the chefs say: what the heck am I supposed to do […]

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2016 Garden Plot Review, Surprise Plants, Butternut Squashes and a Ripening Pumpkin

I can’t believe it’s September already! This gardening season is passing by quickly. Despite the challenges that I faced this season, there have also been rewards. Take a look at the plot and the transformation it has gone through. RIGHT SIDE OF PLOT At the size of 25 feet by 50 feet, the plot won’t fit into just one picture, […]

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CSA Box: Week 1

As part of my effort to support local farmers and to eat seasonal food more often, I’ve signed up for a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) box. That means that once a week for the next eight weeks, we’ll be getting a share of freshly picked veggies (and sometimes fruit) that were grown on a local farm. We also get a […]

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Loads of Eggplants, a Teensy Watermelon, and a Monarch Butterfly in the Garden

I have a new plot at a different community garden. I’m thankful that I managed to get a spot for the season; I had to wait in line for TWO hours to get it, but it was worth it! After hours and hours of hard work, I managed to fill half the plot with tomato, eggplant, sweet pepper, and watermelon […]

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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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