Shoots and Leaves

Watermelons reaching for the sunThe seeds we started are coming along!  Not that I check them every day.  Or several times a day for that matter.  The first leek sprout to arrive made me as excited as a child sprouting their first bean in a glass of water – probably more so, because I have a much greater understanding of the importance of food security and the perils that lurk in conventionally grown food.  That said, this isn’t a completely organic operation.  We bought the most “organic sounding” potting soil we could find and decided that will do.  This being our first year growing from seeds, our main goal is just to make stuff grow, with the understanding that our process will be refined each year as we learn what grows best and what works for us. Continue reading

Spinach Quiche with Potato Crust…in a Snowstorm

SAMSUNGDon’t hate me because I love snow!  Even this late in winter, knowing that this might be our last big snowstorm, I still love it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather too – summer is my favourite season.  But there is something comforting and cozy about a snowstorm.  I like how my workplace is quiet (many people drive, I take transit, so it’s no biggie to go in to the office anyway), how the entire city moves slower, quieter.  If you do need to pick up any last minute things for dinner, local shop owners are that much more friendly and happy to see you in a snowstorm.  Our eccentric neighbour comes by with his snowplow to do our driveway (I know full well this means I’ll be helping him with his roof this summer, but today it seems worth it). Continue reading

Two-Days-To-Christmas-And-I-Don’t-Have-Time-To-Cook Vegetarian Chili

Quick Vegetarian ChiliNo matter how prepared I feel for the holidays, they always sneak up on me and suddenly they’re two days away I don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. This year we’re having Christmas dinner at our house for the first time ever (yikes!) so there is even more to do. After a weekend spent doing nothing but errands, cleaning and prepping the house, this quick chili recipe is the perfect Sunday night solution.

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Peperonata Eggs

Peperonata EggsI just recently learned what peperonata was – although apparently I`ve made it before, as a pizza topping among other things, and just didn`t know what it was called!  But the inspiration for this recipe was a twist on fried eggs, which I made for breakfast on the weekend.  I had tomatoes from our garden sitting out which had just ripened – I had waited weeks, trying to come up with something interesting to do with fried green tomatoes and sort of forgot about them, not thinking they would ever ripen.  But they did!  Continue reading

Not Quite Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Although winter is still a ways away (I am so not ready for snow yet) as soon as the weather starts to get cold this time of year I run through all my favourite cold weather recipes as if I’ve been eating nothing but lettuce for months!  Yes, an excuse to stuff myself on carbs!  Thank you Fall!

This is a bastardized version of true jambalaya, as it doesn’t have seafood, but it does have two kinds of delicious local meats so I think that makes up for it.  Continue reading