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Shishito heat

I arrived home from work a little later than usual, and hubby had let me know that he would pick up something for dinner. That usually means he’s getting the meat, so I decided to harvest some shishito peppers and kale. We had shishito earlier this week, and we discovered that they are definitely hotter […]

Final batch of strawberry jam

I’ve been up for nearly 19 hours now. I finished canning the final batch of strawberry jam, and I’ve started the second ferment process of my latest batch of kombucha. It’s been 9 days since I starting brewing, and I feel it is ready. I ended up with almost 10 cups. I separated the newly […]

Kombucha second ferment

Yesterday I finally bottled my kombucha for the second ferment. This is the time that you can flavour your kombucha; however, I decided to make this first batch plain. I actually like the flavour as is. The second ferment is to add some carbonation. If you do add fruit juice, you need to be careful […]

Strawberry jam

Happy Canada Day! It was hot and muggy earlier today, so hubs and I stayed home. I love summer because of the delicious local fruits and vegetables, and I want to be able to hang on to the wonderful flavours of the season so I decided to try my hand at canning. On Sunday, we went to […]

Kombucha update

It has been 8 days since I first started my batch of kombucha. Today I stuck a straw into the batch (under the newly formed scoby) and did a tasting. I am happy with the acidity; however, I have no other large vessel where I can start my SCOBY hotel. For this reason, I’ve decided […]

Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls

Tonight’s dinner included a meatless ball with a cranberry pear sauce, and it turned out great! Next time, I may try using shiitake mushrooms. The recipe can be found here with lots of mouth-watering photos. Ingredients: FOR THE LENTIL BALLS: 1/2 cup uncooked green lentils 1 cup walnuts halves, finely chopped 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive […]

Experimenting with Kombucha

Last week I attended a Kombucha making workshop. Kombucha is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened tea.  It is thought to have originated in the Far East, probably China, and has been consumed there for at least two thousand years. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin […]

Homemade granola bars

When it comes to granola bars, I am picky. I don’t like bars that are too chewy or too crunchy. I don’t like bars that have an artificial flavour, or are too sweet. I have tried many different brands and bars. Some end up in the compost. So far, the only bar I have found […]

Restaurant review: George

Recently hubby and I dined at George, and we decided to try the 7-course tasting menu ($125 pp). The restaurant offers a 5-course ($99 pp) and a 10-course ($140 pp). In retrospect, we would have been satisfied with the 5-course. We love food, so we wanted to try as much as possible, but after 7 courses, […]

Recipe: Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

This is my new quick go-to breakfast. The work I do is quite physical, so I need food that provides energy if I am to last until lunch. Usually an omelette or french toast with strawberries and bananas, along with a fruit smoothie is a good option, but I have found that the Chia Seed […]