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It’s tomato season

I cannot begin to think about how bland the produce will be in a couple of months. Throughout the summer I have traveled to local farms and picked strawberries, cherries, and peaches. I’ve visited farmer’s markets and have had the sweetest wild blueberries, yellow plums, salty sea asparagus, raspberries, and french fillet beans. At the FoodShare […]

Trinidad Perfume pepper

Similar looking to the habanero, these Trinidad Perfume peppers have a citrus sweetness with a mellow smokey heat. I picked these off my plant today and tried them for the first time and I love them. I think the smokiness, with the hint of heat, would pair well with a peach preserve. On it’s own, […]

Dilly beans

Almost three weeks ago I was at the Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market. It’s a bustling market with some really great vendors selling beautiful produce. The park is also lovely because the main walkway is shaded by mature trees. The vendors are all located side-by-side on either side of the walkway. That day, I noticed that […]

Ontario cherries

Last weekend hubby and I went cherry picking at Cherry Avenue Farms. I love fresh Ontario fruit, but the season is so short for picking. The weather wasn’t particularly cooperative, as we had light rain, but the cherry trees provided some cover. After walking up and down the rows of trees and finding a few […]

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 […]