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Category: Recipes

  • Garlic Marshmallows

    Garlic Marshmallows

    We thought it would be fun to learn to make marshmallows. Then we thought it would be fun to make cool, fruity or hipster flavours of marshmallows. Then we thought … garlic marshmallows! With some product development, these might be the next big thing at the Garlic Festival! We used a standard marshmallow recipe: 4 Tbsp. […]

  • The Twelve Days of Panini

    Erin arrived home for the holidays suffering a sandwich deficiency. At least, there was general enthusiasm for use of the panini press, and when someone (perhaps it was me?) suggested a “12 Days of Panini” celebration over the holidays, she and the other kids all seemed very eager. Food preferences vary widely in this family, […]

  • Matcha White Chocolate Truffles

    Matcha White Chocolate Truffles 1 lb. good white chocolate1/2 cup butter2/3 cup whipping cream1/4 cup matcha powder ~ 1 lb. white chocolate chips or buttons for dipping Melt and stir together the first four ingredients. Chill for several hours. Roll into 1 tsp. balls, dip in melted plain white chocolate. Store in airtight containers in […]

  • Thermos hack: yogurt-maker

    I have a large plastic thermos, and inexpensive item that is world-weary and not particularly water-tight. It has a capacity of about 3 Litres, and is perfect for making a large batch of yogurt for our family. Since we’ve been freezing the local summer fruit bounty, the kids are making a lot of smoothies and […]

  • Sushi salad

    New favourite thing at our place. Keeps better than sushi, and it’s much easier to make. Sushi Salad 2 cups uncooked rice1 English cucumber, sliced and quartered3 medium carrots, thinly sliced1/2 red onion, thinly sliced and chopped3 Tbsp. chopped pickled ginger3/4 cup rice wine vinegar2 Tbsp. vegetable oil4 Tbsp. sugar2 tsp. salt Cook the rice […]

  • Dandelion syrup

    About 6-8 cups of dandelion flowers yielded about 1 cup of packed yellow petals. We mixed this with 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water, brought to a simmer and allowed to cook for an hour or so, gradually reducing in volume to a syrupy consistency. Then we added the juice of one […]

  • Best Pizza

     We make pizza almost once a week around here. It’s a flexible go-to meal for us. So long as someone takes ten minutes to get the dough started sometime between 2:30 and 4:30 pm, it’s a quick and easy meal that we can all pitch in to get made in less than half an hour […]

  • Chemistry around here

    Lye + water + oil = soap Fiona would like to be a chemist, or so she thinks. Until we get to the chemistry section in her science course, we’re having fun little forays into the world of household chemistry. We had fun making soap a couple of weeks ago. We used a combination of […]

  • Brown pickle

    I tweak this recipe every time I make it, but always forget what changes I make. This year I’ve written it down, because it has turned out especially well.Brown Pickle 10 oz. carrots10 oz. prune plums2 large tart apples1/2 large rutabaga1 medium zucchini4 onions6 cloves garlic1/2 large head cauliflower5 oz. dates25 small gherkins1 Tbsp. browning […]

  • End of the season

    Tomorrow will be the girls’ last market. School and travel and fall activities begin next week and will conflict with marketeering. Fiona managed to package up all but these little bits of tea for tomorrow and hopes to sell off almost all of her stock — though I’m sure we will manage to enjoy whatever […]

  • Kids cooking

    Last night Sophie made us Enchanted Broccoli Forest for supper. I am greatly enjoying the girls’ enthusiasm for meal preparation. And, although I am not much of a pie person, I am really looking forward to the cherry pie she made for dessert tonight. She has ventured into the art of pastry-making with this. I’m […]

  • New tea, new candy

    When you have a lot of rhubarb in the garden, and strawberries are coming into season, and red clover is overflowing the waysides, and you’re an 8-year-old looking for inspiration for a new tea blend, the colours of your inspiration are pink and green. I truly love this tea. We found some bulk organic white […]

  • Veggie Pâté

    Veggie pâté has become popular around here. It’s so simple to make, and it adds substantiveness and protein to summer sandwiches and crackery snacks. Veggie Pâté 4 medium onions, chopped6 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed0.5 kg sliced mushrooms2 cups lightly toasted walnuts2 cups lightly toasted sunflower seeds2 cups dried green lentils1/3 cup olive oil3 […]

  • Making hard candy

    Here is Sophie’s system for making hard candy. Her basic recipe is from the LorAnn Oils site. They make great concentrated oils and dozens of awesome flavourings, though natural foods stores are a good source of basic essential oils as well. Ingredients 2 cups granulated sugar 2/3 cup corn syrup (use clear or amber as […]

  • Felafel fun

    I scoffed for years at the idea of a panini press. As if we needed another counter-space-hogging specialty appliance. Pah! Chuck felt differently: he purchased them as gifts for others, and occasionally expounded on their presumed virtues. But I kept our own home free of this silliness. Finally last Christmas I caved. We got a […]