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 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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Farewell garden plot, hello new garden, and hello sprouted mango pit!

Hello all, I have news to share! I’ve moved out of my downtown apartment and into a house in a quiet neighbourhood. This has been both sad and exciting. Sad, because I had to give up my garden plot. I now live too far away from it to maintain it. However, I now have a garden outside my front door, which […]

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Hardening off seedlings: preparing for transplant!

It’s time to transplant the seedlings! For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hardening them off. This means gradually exposing the seedlings to outdoor weather to help them adjust to it. This way, when they are planted outside, they will be more likely to grow well rather than go into shock and possibly die. The hardening off process involves a bit of thinking ahead, but for […]

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Summer 2013: Photos from the garden plot and balcony garden!

Okay, I realize it’s late in the year to be posting an update about my garden. It’s snowing outside, and the ground has frozen too hard to dig up the earth. The season is over. It’s too late to even plant bulbs. I’ve been procrastinating the whole uploading photos and posting an update thing because I feel disappointed with the […]

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Spring is here, and so is gardening season!

Ah, what a wonderous, magical time of year spring is! The days are getting longer, the breezes are warmer, the muddied grass is showing through bits of melted snow and gardening companies are hawking their wares. Normally I try to make posts informative in some way but today is all about showing off my gardening crap that came in the […]

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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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