I am really excited for this upcoming garden season. I am always excited about Spring (today I was actually tidying my snowy herb garden in winter gloves), but this year feels different. Mat and I have spent the last ten years learning how to grow and preserve food, expanding and learning more every year. In … Continue reading 10 Plants to Grow for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
I’m back. And I have so much to tell you. For the past five and a half years I’ve been deep in the frenetic, slow, joyful, depleting, isolating, transformative phase of self-discovery that is birthing and raising young children. There wasn’t much time for blogging, though there were a few false starts. I became a … Continue reading Here I am.
I can’t get enough of greens. Green food revitalizes me. Green also happens to be my favourite colour. I am so pleased that my daughter adores green food, too. She loves broccoli, peas, beans – she even eats raw kale and chard from the garden. A girl after my own heart. The other week I needed … Continue reading All Things Green and Good
Wednesday was a foggy, humid Nova Scotia midsummer day – wild roses tumbling over everything, thistles sending up their spikes, blueberries just hinting at ripeness, the thick air scented like fruit and flowers. This is the weather that stretches memories all the way back to the idyllic summers of childhood. Eleanor and I spent this particular afternoon in … Continue reading Boiled Icing: A Traditional Nova Scotia Recipe
This weekend I attended a local event steeped in tradition – the Conquerell Mills Horse and Ox Pull and Variety Supper. I was lured there by my foodie neighbour who promised long tables full of comfortingly humble farmer far. It certainly delivered- though the platter of fried balogna, popular last year, was no where to be … Continue reading Variety Supper
Garlic scapes are probably the most fun harvest of the year. (As soulemama demonstrates, you can wear them as you work). They are certainly a bonus to growing garlic. Does anyone else find that they creep up on you? One day, I wonder – where are the scapes already? And the next thing I know, the curls … Continue reading Garlic Scapes Two Ways
I spent this sultry summer afternoon with my friend Jenn and our babies in her kitchen, baking. Well, she did most of the work while I spotted the kids. I had fresh eggs and rhubarb and she had brand new tart pans. The obvious choice was rhubarb tart with custard. It was hot and the pastry … Continue reading Two Tarts