Strawberry Rhubarb Popsicles with Sweet Cicely

With weeks of cool gray weather it is hard to believe it is officially summer. But I am hearing rumours of hot weather on the other side of Canada, so somewhere popsicles will be appreciated. This is essentially a recipe posted several years ago but I wanted to focus on the Sweet Cicely added to […]

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Soda Bread with Extra Bits!

Spotted Dog may be the most well known soda bread with “extra bits”. It has added raisins or currants, a spoonful of sugar and an egg as the budget allowed. Often served as a special Sunday treat in Ireland it was also made to support and encourage men in days gone by, who were working hard […]

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Hummus with Fresh Herbs & Roasted Peppers in Oil

Hummus is a tasty spread made from chickpeas with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. Originally from the Middle East it is now also popular in North America.  The other day I was teaching a “Playing with Herbs” class and we whipped up a batch along with some fresh dill mayonnaise and some […]

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Fresh Mint Truffles

There are so many lovely ways to use fresh herbs in the spring and summer months. Yesterday’s post was a simple chop and mix into salad option. This infused recipe is for the dessert end of the meal or maybe treat time. Mint can be found growing wild in one form or another on all […]

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Buckwheat Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is extremely popular in several countries of the Middle East. It is also gaining popularity in the West as it is a healthy, vegetarian food that is low in fat and still offers fiber, minerals and complex carbohydrates. It is a salad made from a combination of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur, […]

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Lemon Balm Rosemary Raspberry Lemonade

With Canada Day this weekend and the 4th of July soon thereafter, here is a cooling, soothing option that you and your guests can enjoy. In folk remedies lemon balm is believed to have calming effects. Check further into the aromatherapy/Alzheimer’s connection if that holds a place in your life. Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa, […]

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Elevate Your Mayonnaise

Most of us grew up with a family brand of mayonnaise and nothing much tastes better than what we are used to. If Hellman’s, Miracle Whip or something similar are your automatic choices, opening the door to exploring can be a big adventure. One of the considerations is that fresh made mayonnaise is best kept […]

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Rhubarb Crisp Frozen Yoghurt

Yum, Yum, Yum,! It is rhubarb time and this is a change up on rhubarb crisp because the weather here the last week has been too hot to bake one. So instead of a crisp served with ice cream, we have frozen rhubarb yoghurt and a crisp topping and a little extra sauce. Yum, Yum, […]

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A Different Style of Quiche

Yesterday I posted a popular summer time reicpe in our home. It is a cottage cheese and chive mixture that can be used as a veggie dip and cracker and sandwich topping. I also use it sometimes as a quiche or tart filling when working with savoury pastries. Chives can be found around the world […]

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Cottage Cheese with Chives

With summer weather comes lighter foods. This is a mix that has been in my family for decades. It comes from Germany and usually it is used as a topping for light rye bread when making open face sandwiches but I have a few other suggestions as well. Cottage cheese can be one of those, […]

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