Just for fun: macaroni and cheese tacos

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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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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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Grow your own peanut plant PART 3 (FINALE)

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A continuation of Grow your own peanut plant PART ONE and PART TWO . . . . I know this update is long overdue and I apologize for making anyone wait for the final results.  I’m happy to report that the plant successfully produced several peanuts. Five of them, to be exact. Upon cracking them open, I was disappointed to […]

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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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This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

This week has been a scorcher but at least the plants love it

It is a Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. The mercury in the thermometer is climbing high and the sun shines brightly on my balcony. I step outside with a watering can, squinting, and within approximately 2.5 seconds the armpits of my 100% cotton t-shirt are soaked with sweat. The high-pitched humming of cicadas pierces through the chugging sound of a tortured air conditioner. Oh, lord. How am I supposed to get […]

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Coconut Lime Cupcakes take over my kitchen!

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 A couple of years ago I bought myself the cookbook cowritten by Isa Chandra Moskowtz and Terry Hope Romero called Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I had previously bought Isa’s popular book Vegan with a Vengeance and I enjoyed her recipes and writing style so much that I absolutely had to have this cupcake book when it came out. This is partly because […]

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