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How to Make Ratatouille – Video

| September 6, 2012 | 3 Comments


Vegetarian ratatouille, originating from the Provence region of France, is the recipe Richard is making in this video. A great way of using fresh ingredients this is a straight forward recipe that tastes amazing.

The herbs featured in this recipe are garlic, greek oregano and basil. Richard also has lots of great growing tips to help with successful gardening outcomes of the herbs he is using.

How to Make Ratatouille – Video




Fresh Squash and Carrot Soup Recipe

| September 4, 2012 | 7 Comments
woodwynn farm

Woodwynn Farm

Squash fresh from the farm to the table is what this soup is all about. So simple it’s silly; try this easy to follow recipe that tastes delicious. I often eat soup for breakfast now and this one is a particularly nice one in the morning; it is hearty and warming at the same time.

The squash came from Woodwynn Farm, a community created to help homeless people get off the street and give them the support they need and the tools to rejoin society. It is wonderful to see the farm producing food for human consumption after so many years of producing nothing but hay for animal feed. You can read all about Woodwynn Farm here.

It’s great to be able to support local farm projects, especially when they make it easy by making available fantastic produce like these amazing squash …

baking sqaush

Now for the Directions;

Cut squash in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon (if the seeds are organic they can be dried for next season’s planting)

Bake in a 350°, cut side down, on a baking sheet until soft when a knife goes through (approx. 45 min)

Clean, cut and cook carrots 4 to 8 in a large pot of boiling water, 1 to 2 inches above the carrots and simmer until soft.

When squash is ready, scrape it out of the skin and into the pot with the carrots.

Add fresh or powdered ginger. squash carrot soup

Let the soup simmer gently to reduce for 1 hour.

Mash the soup together and then whisk it gently.

Now your soup is ready.

Serve with homemade bread or buns and enjoy!



Potatoes Roasted with Rosemary and Rosemary Pesto Recipe – Video

| September 2, 2012 | 1 Comment
rosemary bush

rosemary bush

Potatoes are in such abundance in our world. They grow easily and be cooked so many ways. We don’t use Russet Potatoes anymore, since watching the film Food Inc. In the film they explain the over planting of Russet Potatoes around the world as a result of the McDonald’s demand for consistency in their french fries. The over planting means the entire world crop could be wiped out if a disease were to strike russets.

There are so many other varieties to choose from. We love red new potatoes and try to buy them from local growers; what we don’t buy anymore are the russets.

Potatoes Roasted with Rosemary and Rosemary Pesto – Video



Tarragon Jelly Recipe – Video

| August 31, 2012 | 5 Comments
tarragon jelly

tarragon jelly

Making jelly is a great way to use and preserve herbs. Here is a simple method shared by Richard White, formerly of Hazelwood Herb Farm on Vancouver Island. This method can be applied to many herbs, so the video is a helpful one.

Tarragon Jelly Recipe – Video






| August 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

Simple, easy, natural, do it yourself with no sugar added and nothing else needed, that’s how we make our nothing but popsicles.popsicle boy

Ingredients and Method

We make our own popsicles by pouring 100% fruit juice into a glass or small jar, putting a spoon into in and popping it into the freezer. When it freezes it’s done. Pour warm or cool water on the outside of the glass or dip into a small container of water (this uses less water), until it is loose enough to slip out of the glass … and voila – a tasty treat with nothing but juice that the kids love!

The popsicles can be put back into the glasses and refrozen so there’s no waste. An option for travel is to use small paper cups; the paper can be peeled away and recycled, they are not as big as popsicles in glasses or jars and there’s no spoon needed.

Nutrition note: we never add any sweetener when we reconstitute fruit. Freezing, drying it, turning it into juice or smoothies brings out fruits’ natural sugars and no extra sweetener is actually needed.


Edible Mandala with Made Flowers and Herbs – Video

| August 19, 2012 | 2 Comments
borage flower

borage flower

An edible mandala is beautiful way to present a salad at any gathering of family and friends. Simple to do once you know how, here Lynda Dowling of Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm shows TV Host Renae Morriseau how to make one. Easy to follow and so pretty to watch it coming together, take a moment to see how you too can make a stunning salad presentation when your garden is in bloom.

This video will also give you ideas for plant choices to create an edible garden filled with colour and nutrition. Hope you enjoy this unique and fun idea on video. The finished Mandala is a Gorgeous Edible Display and it’s hard to believe it’s edible.




Edible Flower Recipes : Candied Pansies, Herbal Butter & Floral Confetti – Video

| August 17, 2012 | 9 Comments


edible flowers

edible flowers

Edible flowers add so much color to food presentation and it’s fun to do. Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate fresh flowers into your next dinner party – you’ll be impressed with the flavors and the look!

This video will also give you ideas of the edible herbs and flowers you can plant in your own garden so you have access to these beautiful colors at your fingertips.

Here’s another great edible flower idea on video it’s an edible mandala. Just as fun as these recipes and just as easy to do.


Comments and questions are most welcome …

Use Edible Flowers You Know

| August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

This can’t be said enough: you need to know where your edible flowers and herbs come from and only use those that haven’t been sprayed, so why not grow your own? Easy to do, grow them in containers or a garden close to the kitchen so you’ll use them because you see them everyday. They’ll also add color to world.

edible flowers can't be sprayed


Quinoa Salad – Ten Recipes

| August 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

10 Quinoa Salads

Quinoa is an amazing protein we should all be eating. Full of nutrients, it takes on the flavors it is mixed with. Apparently it is abundance in Ecuador so I am thrilled to have found these 10 great recipes that I can pass on and share with you.

Thanks to the website and authors of  Quinoa Recipes | Eat Drink Better for sharing such a great variety of salad recipes for quinoa. Follow the link and go find a recipe that appeals to you and give quinoa a try.

Eat Local and Organic

| August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Local and organic makes sense, especially hand-made processed foods … don’t just drive by the farm stand, stop, meet the people who are growing your food and buy !

organic eggs jelly sign

organic eggs jelly