Herb Waters and Sun Teas

In conversation with Karen and Kim from Aromatica Fine Teas a while ago we chatted about how different a tea can taste when steeped in unboiled water. Heating the water allows for alternate components to be released so expect some surprises when using the sun or your fridge to steep these summer coolers. Any tea […]

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Strawberry/Raspberry Lemonade

Stay hydrated while celebrating this summer. Quick and pretty, this lemonade, with delicious fruit can be just the thing for those really hot days. Serve cold while stretching and enjoying the local bounty. Consistently adding lemon juice to your diet can have a cleansing and detoxifying effect which will aid in the proper digestion of […]

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Watermelon Raspberry Coolers

During hot summer days, water is the best choice for remaining hydrated. Yes, it can be a little repetitive and slightly boring but your body will thank you for getting all those good cups inside you. Once in a while though it is nice to have something special, tasty and maybe a little celebratory. There […]

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Fresh Fruit Bonfires

The two celebrations most often shared outside are Litha (summer solstice) and Lammas/Lughnasagh (August 1st ish). The days are usually still warm and it is enjoyable to have a personal connection to that big ball of flame above us. Lammas is also linked to “first fruits” and in the Church of England “the feast of […]

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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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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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Kicking Up Summer Drinks with Leftovers

It is berry season! If you are putting up jams and compotes and shrubs and jellies and sauces, then it is quite possible that you will have leftovers: Simple sugar syrup Fresh fruit Strained jams Fruit purees Fruit syrups This happens quite naturally when cooking from a recipe that does not match the box size […]

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A Tale of the Oak and Holly Kings

I hope you have a few moments for the retelling of an ancient Celtic story and the wonders of imagination. You see there were two brothers who shared the same job; to care for the earth. One was responsible for the part of the year where dark turned to light and the other brother, the […]

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Strawberry Bavarian Cream Pie

The berry season has arrived in full force! It will not be the best of seasons here. The weather this spring was not ideal for strawberries and raspberries and low yields made for an increase in pricing. So when a “offer” came along, it did not matter that the berries were a little small as […]

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Strawberry Shortcake Doughnuts

Red and white are the colours of the Canadian flag, making strawberries and whipped cream a perfect fit to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1st. But truthfully this is a lovely summertime treat for any occasion as long as fresh local berries are available. Changing out the fruit for blackberries or raspberries works and mixing […]

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