Lemon Verbena & Black Currant Tisane

Do you have lemon verbena growing in your herb garden? Try adding some black currants for a warming cup of tea. Well, tisane actually. Tea by definition comes from the Camellia sinensis bush and all those lovely hot beverages made from herbs are better known as tisanes, although most people would call them herbal teas. […]

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Blueberry Honey Compote

The word compote comes to us through Latin and French roots and means mixture. The Middle English word would have been compost and by not means suggests this adventure is meant for the recycling bin. Compote is cooked pieces of fruit with sweetener and very often additional flavourings, although it can also be made plain. […]

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Kicking Up Summer Drinks with Leftovers

It is berry season! If you are putting up jams and compotes and shrubs and jellies and sauces, then it is quite possible that you will have leftovers: Simple sugar syrup Fresh fruit Strained jams Fruit purees Fruit syrups This happens quite naturally when cooking from a recipe that does not match the box size […]

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Silver Web Cookies

Don’t get your hopes up. It is not Hallowe’en yet. These are Silver Web Cookies for a community picnic. A chance to gather together for an open to the public social event of catching up with friends and strengthening connections. Is there a Silver Web picnic or something similar in your community? My original intention […]

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Jam or Jelly Filled Mini Doughnuts

If you have any of that tasty raspberry jam shared last month left, here is a recipe for some mini doughnuts in need of a filling. All gone? Choose something else. Not a baked doughnut this time but a yeast based sweet bread recipe that will need hot oil for cooking. I don’t do this […]

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Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream

I have graduated! Not from school but in my options for frozen treat making. A friend called the other day to say she had found a new Cuisinart Ice Cream maker at a local second hand store….for $7.00! Needless to say it was worth the expense to drive it around the block a couple of […]

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Lotion Bars with Dandelion Infused Oil

Lotion bars are usually made from equal parts beeswax, liquid oil and a harder oil like mango, coconut or shea butter. The addition of an essential oil is optional and depends on what you are looking for as an end result. The reason that you might chose to make a lotion bar over a salve […]

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A Tale of the Oak and Holly Kings

I hope you have a few moments for the retelling of an ancient Celtic story and the wonders of imagination. You see there were two brothers who shared the same job; to care for the earth. One was responsible for the part of the year where dark turned to light and the other brother, the […]

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Corn & Blueberry Salad with Feta

I was invited to a South African┬áBring and Braai last week. To braai is to BBQ and this was a birthday party to boot! Along with the BBQ were a selection of salads and one stood out as a wonderful option for Lughnasadh. I have posted recently about the tradition of picking the first bilberries […]

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Fresh Berry Cordials

In the Anne of Green Gable stories of Prince Edward Island, there is a reference to raspberry cordial. A non alcoholic version gets mixed up with a currant wine, with consequences. This is the "vodka added" version, definitely not for little girls. It is a sweet, brightly flavoured liqueur for after dinner sipping and other […]

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