food

Loving Lentils

I have used lentils to make Dahl Soup and lentils in salads for years, but then I ate a great Lentil Lemon Soup my friend made and asked for the recipe, and now I’m in love with lentils.

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Celebrating Strawberries

Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes, turnips, leeks), complimented by tender spring vegetables and berries grace the stalls and tables.

Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts

Sorbets and Sherbets are two sensational iced summer desserts with a vegetarian difference. Both are made with the same base ingredients ie. puréed fruits, sugar and water, but Sherbets can also contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites. Sorbets do not contain any eggs or dairy products and that makes them vegetarian sweets.

Crops in Posts

Whose eyes don’t feast on a stunning array of colorful flowers? Who doesn’t love the fragrance and flavors of the many plants that can be grown on balconies, decks and in other small spaces? Growing veggies, herbs and flowers in the spaces we live in lifts our spirits. And, I guarantee you will be surprised…

Summer Lingers – Give Thanks

It’s been a long hot summer and though it’s officially fall, summer weather isn’t over yet.  In August and September the Lower Mainland of B.C.  and Vancouver Island  broke a 119 year dry-spell record. We had only 5 mm of precipitation in September and 2.9 mm in August. The woods are tinder dry and we…

A Basket of Kindness

Yesterday, we were the beneficiaries of a random act of kindness. After a long day of renovating and painting, while still running our business, we cleaned up and collapsed on our deck to discuss our plans for supper. I haven’t been feeling well lately and we had just agreed we were both too tired to…

The Advantages of Buying Locally

Although the term “buying locally” can refer to a number of products, produce purchased from farmer’s markets, food co-ops, and local food stands is what usually comes to mind. And though it may be more convenient to have a one-stop-shop for all of your grocery needs, there are some definite benefits to buying your food…

Blue Camas Love Affair

Many years ago my friend and I took a new bend in the road on our  weekly woodland walk and happened upon a gorgeous sight — a sea of Blue Camas lilies in full bloom in a Garry Oak meadow.   Enamored by the display before us we exchanged our associations with the color blue.  She…

Forbidden Foods for Fibromyalgia

February was a tumultuous month. March wasn’t much better as end of the year accounting, contract deadlines and tax calculations were on the menu.  I became stressed out, failed to get enough sleep, and didn’t monitor my diet as well as I should have. The result was a fibromyalgia flare-up from which I am now…

Animal Equality

Animal husbandry is the branch of agriculture concerned with breeding and raising of domestic animals such as cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry  as food or product sources. “Our society is showered with images of happy animals living on farms where the cows graze in lush green fields and the chickens have the run of the…