Refreshing Herbs & Bubbly

One of the wonderful things about celebrating Summer Solstice in years past was the abundance of fresh things to use as ingredients for preparing meals; tasty herbs, late spring berries, baby salad leaves. Summer would bring excitement for warmth and light but also for having more choices and no longer needing to draw only from […]

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Garlic, garlic, garlic!

Every time I visit Jean’s garden there is something new that I am delighted by, a flower has come into bloom, a new project is underway, some new nurturing thing has been completed to keep the garden feeling cared for. This week it was wizards and irises. With heads gently poking through the blackberry bushes, […]

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Rhubard Nut Coffee Cake

I believe I mentioned I like (make that love) rhubarb and that is sometimes an issue when others in the house do not, so I take every opportunity to bake with it when I am doing anything that involves a pot luck. This is my “go to” for spring get togethers if I am on […]

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Rosemary

I had the joy of visiting the well tended garden of the father of a friend of mine the other day. His roots go back to Italy so, basil, rosemary, fig and plum trees and of course tomatoes along with nine types of arugula are a must. He gardens with seeds brought over from the […]

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Warm cinnamon quinoa pudding with rhubarb and yoghurt

During the decades that I had students living in my home, summer meals that were light and fresh didn’t always hit the spot for young men with bigger appetites. I usually solved that issue with a filling dessert of some sort. This warm quinoa pudding would fit into that category. Not a traditional creamy pudding, […]

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Tarragon

Welcome! Welcome! Jean’s garden is going wild. The chives have popped open and the flowers will make a lovely, colourful addition to salads. The comfrey is in full bloom and will make the compost very happy in future weeks. Everywhere there is life and busily growing plants. The first of the roses are out, the […]

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Rhubard Strawberry Fool with optional white chocolate

Summer desserts… fresh fruits, iced creams and all things light and refreshing. A fool is a quick and easy end to a summer dinner, usually made from the slightly tangy fruits readily available in England, rhubarb, fresh currants or gooseberries. I love rhubarb and was thrilled when Marks & Sparks ( sorry Spencer ) ventured […]

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Sweet Cicely

I spent a lovely hour in Jean’s garden Monday. It was delight filled to sit and feel the sun and the wind, hear the birds and the bees and see all the local flora dong their thing after collecting some pictures to show you what in happening to the herbs we have already covered. The […]

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Comfrey

The comfrey in Jean’s garden is coming along quickly. Soon the stems which hold the blooms will rise up amongst the leaves adding colourful flowers to the blooming landscape. Comfrey flowers come in shades ranging from white through to purple. This nitrogen loving member of the borage family lives best in moist soil. Some varieties […]

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Banana Nut Upside Down Cake

It was a dark and stormy night…well, no it wasn’t…. More like a gray, cold and rainy Sunday afternoon and I had bananas in need of being used up. Bananas have a long list of health benefits that I am not going to go into here but if you would like more information check this […]

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