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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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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Blending Spices ( Part Two )

If you missed yesterday’s post, my gifts this year are a six pack of homemade spice blends. They are freshly made and therefore usually a little more intense, can be adjusted to suit people’s taste and contain no preservatives or fillers. I made 4.5 cups of each blend but the recipes below have been modified […]

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Blending Spices ( Part One )

As the season of presents draws ever closer, so the to do list grows more intense. Running around the shopping malls holds no appeal to me so I usually turn to things I can create at home. The bonus I have in my life is that many of my friends and associates are very happy […]

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Herbs in Oil Cubes

One more way to keep herbs available all year round. They may not look as pretty as fresh soup wreaths but they keep the taste of your garden or shopping easily available. The herbs that I freeze in water or stock go into soups, sauces and stews. When herbs are preserved in oil, they can […]

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Garlic Braiding

There are so many things to say about garlic that I will easily be drawn off topic, which is braiding. Garlic is known to be a part of horticulture for at least 5000 years and most likely longer than our recorded history. It was grown by the ancient Egyptians, Indians, Chinese and Babylonians. There is […]

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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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Wild Violet Syrup & Jelly

Before the last of the violets were washed away by all our liquid sunshine, I had to make a choice; vinegar, jelly or syrup? Deciding I could squeeze small amounts of two out of three,  the vinegar would need to wait until next year as I can already see the first crop of dandelions opening […]

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Sugared Violets

Flowers are the perfect decoration for Beltane as it is perfectly symbolic to the energy of the season. Procreation. If the weather has been reasonable the landscape will be awash with wild and cultivated blossoms, some of them edible! Violets fall into that category. These highly scented and colourful appendages make tasty additions to salads […]

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Fun with Wild Flower Seeds

Earth Day will be here April 22nd and I wanted to do this post now so that if there is time this Easter weekend for family projects, this one could be added to the possibilities. Seed bombs or Seedles are a mixture of dirt, compost and wild flowers seeds, combined and dried and then offered […]

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