Elderberry, Pomegranate Spritzer with Apple Cider Vinegar

At class last Saturday, we made this beverage to enjoy while sewing up herbal sleep pillows. In many ways it is similar to summer shrub recipes I have posted in the past. This mixture though is make from the fruits of Samhain, elderberry, pomegranate and apple. Apple cider vinegar may be all the rage for […]

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Three Price Conscious Hallowe’en Treats

A trip to the grocery store is a quick way to get the neighbourhood kids sorted out for Hallowe’en but homemade for/with special friends can also be reasonably priced when making these three options; Rocky Road, Trailmix Bark and Rice Krispie Toffee Clusters. Let’s start with the chocolate. There are two types of chocolates available […]

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Basil and Sage Pesto with Macadamia Nuts

A couple of years ago I posted a sage and lovage pesto as part of a friend’s birthday high tea. Her birthday has come around again today and it reminded me that many people think of pesto as basil and pine nuts, which is true. They are the ingredients of a classic Pesto Genovese. There […]

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Cream of Fall Harvest Soup

I know that autumn is here. I have just roasted my first pumpkin of the season! A walk through the corner grocer or farmers market becomes a delight with all the lovely tastes available right now. Cooler nights mean more appetite and heartier dinners but they can still be simple fresh from the garden meals. […]

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Pluot Cake

Pluots are part of a group of hybrid fruits known as interspecific plums. Apriums, Apriplums and plumcots are also in this group that are a combination of plums and apricots. Somtimes this happens through natural cross pollination and other times they are man made. Pluot’s parents are Italian prune plums and apricots. They have that […]

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Tomato Pasta Salad

As summer comes to an end, I anticipate the arrival of large field grown tomatoes, ripe and juicy and full of flavour, warmed by long days under a heating sun, nourished by the earth rather than greenhouse hydroponics. There is just something different about the taste that makes me happy. Tomatoes, a fruit of the […]

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Sour Cherry, Almond and Oat Flour Muffins

Sour cherries are here for a very short time so I am fortunate that there are two orchards in the general area. Just like sour apples generally make better baking apples, sour cherries are usually thought of as cooking cherries. Cakes, puddings, cold soups and other deliciousness can come from sour cherries. When ripe sour […]

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Lemon Basil Limeade

In this part of the world a typical weather pattern for right now is colder, wetter, weather, until school starts and then we are back into warmer days with a lovely cool breeze to take the edge off. Perfect outside weather from my point of view, just until our badly needed rainforest rain returns and […]

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Spiced Crabapple Jelly

Crabapples are grown in orchards to help with pollination. They so do not make good eating apples but my do they make nice jelly. Crabapples are naturally full of pectin so no Certo required. Jean has a tree in her orchard and the crabapples are ripe with a glorious shade of red. Yesterday I was […]

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Handwashing as Ritual

Most of the recipes from My Kitchen Wand contain a few words about preparation, separating then from now, shifting a state of mind before beginning so that good energy flows. Honour the apron you put on to protect your clothes. It is no different than vestments or a robe in anchoring a different state of […]

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