First Incense

For the past few years, at the end of July, I teach a “Working with Herbs” class. It is often the last class of the season and I try to make it a little special. My challenge is that there are several people who have taken each class and I therefore work at coming up […]

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Chamomile Lemonade

A calming, thirst quenching summer drink with three ingredients. According to Medical News Today there are a range of health benefits to having chamomile in your diet, inflammation reduction, relaxation, better sleep, support in reducing blood sugar level and diminished menstrual pain. Magically chamomile is an herb of purification and protection.To prevent negativity from entering […]

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Herbs de Provence Ganache

When summer is closer to fall we start looking for earthier flavours and this ganache will definitely fit that description. Herbs de Provence is generally a mixture of herbs commonly used in the south of France. They usually include savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano with lavender leaves sometimes added for the North American market. […]

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Herbed Devils

Recipes for stuffed eggs can be found back to when Ancient Rome was at its height. The domestication of chickens however goes much further back so that is probably not the beginning of deviled eggs. Deviling was a term applied first to meats and meant highly spiced. By the 1500’s deviled eggs was a well […]

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3 Ways Of Preserving Lavender For Later In The Year

Sometimes preserving the aroma and essence of an herb is better than using them fresh in an immediate recipe. That way they can be enjoyed long after the season is finished. Lavender can be preserved in vinegar, sugar and oil. Jean’s lavender is just opening and she generously gave me some to take home so […]

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Wild Berry Ice Cream with Lemon Balm

Ice Cream! Yea!… well maybe not. Plans are sometimes subject to change. I had brought the ice cream maker to class as a possible surprise to finish up Playing with Herbs but the bowl had been out of the freezer for too long, even with the extra ice it was packed in and we would […]

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Rosemary Infused Alfredo Sauce

Yes, this is a post about infusing alfredo sauce but I would like to add a little context as I was visiting with my friend Detta, a culinarian of Sicilian hertiage. Pasta is in her genes and she has just finished remodeling her kitchen, so we decided to mess it up a bit. Egg noodles […]

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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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