Garlic scape pesto recipe

Garlic scape pesto recipe

We planted a lot of garlic last fall. I’m not sure what got into me, but we ended up devoting a big section of our garden to a garlic patch that will produce over 100 bulbs. Garlic is a great addition to any home garden. It’s incredibly easy to grow, and once you have a…

Flowering kale buds with olive oil and garlic

Flowering kale buds with olive oil and garlic

One of the true pleasures of growing your own food is eating vegetables that you can’t find in stores. From the crunch of fresh-picked peas right off the vine to the intense flavour of frost-sweetened carrots to the mild delicacy of mache harvested in the winter, gardeners enjoy a range of unusual treats. One of…

How to make three days’ worth of packed lunches in an hour

How to make three days’ worth of packed lunches in an hour

This post contains affiliate links. Note: This post was originally published in the Vancouver Observer, where I advocated using mason jars to pack your lunches. I’ve since discovered that many mason jar lids contain BPA, a controversial synthetic estrogen. I’m now switching to stainless steel leakproof containers (affiliate link), and researching glass jars with BPA-free…

Ginger and red currant solstice scones

Ginger and red currant solstice scones

Plants are far more intelligent than you and me. While we humans like to push ourselves through the busyness of the holiday season, frantically rushing from shopping to parties to family gatherings, plants know what’s really going on. Throughout autumn, as daylight hours get shorter and shorter, their growth imperceptibly slows until, when the winter…

Vegan cream of tomato soup with basil-miso pesto recipe

Vegan cream of tomato soup with basil-miso pesto recipe

As I write this, I’m looking at our kitchen counters and noticing that that isn’t much space on them. Zucchinis are piled up next to the stove. Mini pumpkins and butternut squash are waiting for their turns. Chili peppers are drying beside the fridge. And then there are the tomatoes: about five different kinds, at…

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