Do you really have what you think you have?

It has been a precious few months of watching a garden grow that I did not have the responsibility of weeding. ( Which is not to say I didn’t pull a few here and there. ) Jean has been so generous with her time and information. The designed section full of cooking herbs to play […]

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Roasted Nectarine Almond Shortcake

As late summer arrives so do Okanagan nectarines and I look forward to finding precious yellow fleshed balls of juiciness in the local fruit stands. Usually I am not willing to risk cooking with nectarines as local ones are a treat. I love them fresh and ripe, served with a piece of paper towel. Nectarines […]

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The best laid plans…

In the early spring, I showed you this picture of the garlic just beginning to do it’s thing in Jean’s garden. There were at least ten different varieties that fell into two general categories, hard neck and soft neck. The hard neck varieties grow a center stalk that is strong enough to stand curly and […]

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Zucchini Bars (Really)

Tomorrow is almost here! and it will be Leave some zucchini on your neighbour’s porch day! Anyone with a garden knows the feeling. It can be a little like the face on Edward Munch’s picture, The Scream at this time of the year. What do I do with it all!!!!!!! Now it doesn’t actually say […]

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Creamed Chicken with Bacon & Cheese Biscuits

Years ago, it was suggested to me that there were two kinds of cooks. One variety finds a recipe, goes shopping for the ingredients and prepares the dish. The second opens the cupboards, looks at what is available and then gets to work. I would generally put myself in the second category unless I am […]

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Zucchini Sweet Potato Loaf

Friday, August 8th is a very important day according to Wellcat.com. It is SNEAK SOME ZUCCHINI ONTO YOUR NEIGHBORS PORCH DAY! a day all gardeners look forward to with relish…uuummm zucchini relish! Zucchini or courgettes as it is known in other parts of the world, are a summer squash, only 21 calories per cup, an […]

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Zucchini Brownies

This is going to be a very quick post as I am still nurturing my pinched nerves and attempting not to get caught at the computer. Since standing is a much better position, I have been having adventures in the kitchen. At this time of the the year, there is sooooo much fresh produce available. […]

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Lavender Wands

As the summer progresses, herbs ripen, flowers bloom and the question becomes what do I do with it all? For the most part,  I would say enjoy what Gaia offers; walk the earth, appreciate the colours, breath in the aromas and enjoy the season in gratitude. A portion of the bounty can however be collected […]

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Herbed Salts

As the wheel turns towards Lammas, the Earth comes into Her fullness and harvesting becomes the next natural step. How to hold the fresh tasty flavours of the garden for those times when the days are not so long and warm? There are a variety of ways to preserve herbs. They can be dried, crumbled […]

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Purslane

One of the realities of gardening while cohabiting with the local fauna is that things do not always go as planned. Jean had a freshly sprouted planter full of basil on the back porch about two inches high. Earlier this week I received an email saying that every last plant had been eaten overnight. The […]

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