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Pineapple Tea is a Yummy Liver Cleanser

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

liver cleanser pineapple teaHere’s a simple, natural, healthy drink that is a great liver cleanser. This tea is also a warm and nutritious coffee alternative that is caffeine free.

It has a sweet, appealing flavor that is delicious to drink. The bonus is that it’s good for you.

Renae, our host at the Community Hostel in Quito, Ecuador, was making this tea one morning when we woke up. She says it’s a great cure for hangovers.

Make it in a large batch and reheat it for a comforting drink anytime of the day or night.

It’s nice that this drink is so healthy and yummy and that the recipe is so simple to follow.

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How to Use Garlic Flowers

| December 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Garlic flowers are a delicious and delicate tasty treat.

Here, garlic specialist Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds, discusses how to cook them, when to harvest them and he explains why the garlic flowering tops need to be removed.

This sustainable practice allows the garlic flowers to be “deadheaded” but not thrown away.

The flavor of the garlic flower is not as strong as the cloves. It is like comparing green onions and onions.

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Tomato Bocconcini and Basil Salad

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

basil plantTomatoes and basil star in this fabulous salad. It’s delicious, nutritious and easy to make.

The “basil” stars of this video are sweet basil and opal basil.

Richard not only teaches you how to make this recipe, he makes sure you know how to grow basil, he shares some history of this popular herb and demonstrates the best way to preserve it.

This recipe is a classic .

Edible Flower and Herb Choices

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Herbs and edible flowers are a wonderful and natural contribution to any diet. Learn what choices to make when starting to grow edible flowers and herbs for yourself.

This video, set on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is a great starting point to help you gain information and perspective on edible flowers and the choices available.


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Traditional Tea

In Ecuador we drank beautiful herbal teas daily, both hot and cold. Tradition here has everyone in the country drinking fresh flowers and herbs daily as part of their routine; it is not something that needs to be re-taught as it has remained part of their culture.

I shop weekly at the fresh organic farmers market where you choose your tea blend by smelling the fresh bunches of 8 to 12 herbs and flowers the farmers have put together with their favorite combinations; a great way to get a sense of what your tea will taste like. The fresh greens for salads are abundant and the varieties again chosen by what is visually appealing and fresh.

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We are prepping to grow our greens, herbs and edible flowers for tea and salads in containers near our kitchen so they will be a visual dangling carrot daily to tempt our palate and help us to benefit from the fresh greens that nature brings us. This video will definitely help us make good choices!


Looking for good seeds to grow edible flowers? Take a look at some of the organic choices and varieties of seeds which you can get easily online. By planting a variety you can can mix and match and come up with wonderful combinations.

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Here’s a book; Easy Growing, to get you started with container gardening to get you growing your edibles. You can have them right outside your door, making it easy to want to use them fresh instead of letting them dry out.

Remember, fresh, tasty, healthy and satisfying making your own tea fresh from the garden is fun and rewarding.

Happy Tea Time!


Chicken Anyone?

| October 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
live chickens for sale

live chickens for sale

Chickens here in Pedernales, are quite different.

You can buy them live or butchered.

They come prepared too. Roasted for take out, fried, grilled or breaded  … you choose. There are plenty of restaurants offering homemade dishes or butchers lining the streets where you can choose your cut and take it home to prepare yourself.

There are live chickens everywhere and in the mornings it’s the sound of those chickens that act as an alarm clock, letting everyone know that dawn is around the corner …

Oh and after they’ve woken you up they go back to sleep and quieted down into another slumber of their own.

Eat Cilantro and Live Forever

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yes that’s what the Chinese believed 2,000 years ago! Don’t know what to do with Cilantro? Here’s a great recipe for Mango Salsa that will start you off.

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eat cilantro

Mango Salsa Recipe – Video

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments


Salsa is a yummy way to eat fresh. Here’s a twist on the tomato based salsa we’re used to in North America using mangos. We’re looking forward to eating fresh local mangos soon and so this recipe will become one of our staples. The local fresh herbs that can be found anywhere and are used in this recipe are cilantro, ginger and garlic and they add a combination of flavors that work so well together.

In this video learn how to turn mangos into a great side for any dish – easily.

Thanks once again to Richard White former owner of Hazelwood Herb Farm, for sharing this tasty recipe.

Mango Salsa Recipe – Video


How to Get Rid of Flies

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
apples and cloves

apples and cloves

Here’s an incredibly simple, natural method of keeping the flies away – it just doesn’t get any easier than this! DIY and no  more complaining!

An apple, cloves and 5 minutes is all you need to get rid of any house flies you don’t want hanging around. Place one of these in any room of the house to keep it fly free!

Thanks for the great post from - How to Get Rid of House Flies with Cloves: 5 Tips – wikiHow.

Sage as a Preservative

| September 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Did you know … sage was used as a preservative for meats?

sage preservative

sage preservative


The Art of Tea Blending – Video

| September 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
mint flowers

mint flowers

Tea is easy to make if you have the herbs available to make a tasty mix. In this video learn the art of tea blending and learn how you can make your own herbal teas from your garden. Several blends are shared including DIY Earl Grey, morning, afternoon and cleansing teas.

In this video Lynda Dowling of Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm shares how to make fun and yummy teas blends describing the reasons for the flavour combinations as well as gardening tips to help you grow tea herbs successfully.

The Art of Tea Blending – Video