Strawberry Bavarian Cream Pie

The berry season has arrived in full force! It will not be the best of seasons here. The weather this spring was not ideal for strawberries and raspberries and low yields made for an increase in pricing. So when a “offer” came along, it did not matter that the berries were a little small as […]

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Broad Spectrum Sun Block

We all need sun to be healthy. For one, it helps our bodies manufacture vitamin D. Sunshine also boosts the body’s serotonin level, our happy hormone with its appetite supressing bonus. It is also connected to preventing or reducing the effects of SAD, diabetes, heart disease, IBD and MS. It boosts your immune system and […]

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Strawberry Thyme Butter

Darina Allen tells the story of a student in one of her Balleymaloe cooking classes that had managed to overwhip some whipping cream. Darina was able to catch her just before the spoiled cream ended up in the garbage and explained that there was no need to throw out the butter she had just made. […]

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Strawberry Shortcake Doughnuts

Red and white are the colours of the Canadian flag, making strawberries and whipped cream a perfect fit to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1st. But truthfully this is a lovely summertime treat for any occasion as long as fresh local berries are available. Changing out the fruit for blackberries or raspberries works and mixing […]

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Garlic Scape Hummus, Pesto and Bread, Oh my!

Three more ideas for making use of those lovely garlic scapes before moving on. If scapes are new to you, here is an introduction. The tried and true go to is a scapes pesto. This version is made with Asiago cheese and pine nuts. It is absolutely possible to make substitutions if walnuts and Parmesan […]

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Roasted Aspargus & Scape Quiche

There are a very few weeks each year were garlic scapes are available and we are there in this part of the world. Garlic comes in two varieties, hardneck and softneck. Hardneck¬† garlic needs to have their tops taken off so that the energy goes into the bulbs, making larger bulbs for harvesting later in […]

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Litha Honey Drops

Most Litha celebrations are sourced in European traditions. Whether it be an Italian all white midnight picnic or Celtic dancing around the community bonfire, summer solstice marks the shifting from the growing/waxing half of the Wheel of the Year to the half that is connected to dieing/waning and death. Nordstjernan.com an online magazine celebrating all […]

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Litha Beeswax Tapers

The Wheel of the Year is all about our relationship with the sun, so a respected and tended fire is always a perfect addition to any solstice celebration. Because we are outside more at this time of the year, that can also be a campfire, a small bonfire on the beach or even some burning […]

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Orange Marmalade Coffee Cake with Almonds

Sometimes you just don’t want the usual. Chocolate? Nah. Local fresh fruit? Not in season yet. How about…? Takes too much time and effort. This coffee cake may be just the thing. Yes, there are several steps, like a simple struessel to make but once it is in the oven you can choose to be […]

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Crab Stuffed Mushroom Cups

Our bimonthly throwdown was yesterday, a chance to catch up on what has been going on in everyone’s life and nibble someone elses creativity.¬† The May challenge was mushroom caps, something I have actually only made once before. I was looking forward to seeing what range of finished caps there would be and I was […]

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