Easy Recipes Inspired By My West Coast Kitchen Garden On Vancouver Island

Vegetable Gardening

Basil Anchovy Aioli For Garden Veggies

Basil Anchovy Aioli For Garden Veggies

Summer is prime time for perfect, fresh vegetables whether from your own garden or the farmer’s market. In our house we are mostly eating them raw and plain as fast as we can pluck them off the vines or from the ground but sometimes we want that little extra. With a plethora of perfect beans, I decided to briefly blanch them and serve them with a piquant aioli flavored with a bunch of gorgeous basil, some parsley and chives and up the umami with some anchovies.

Ultimate Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Ultimate Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

A simple and easy dessert with a cake that takes under 30 minutes to make and bake. The strawberries and rhubarb are gently cooked with a little sugar and thickener to create an incredibly luscious filling. Topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream flavoured with lavender syrup or vanilla, this is a crowd pleaser.

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli? This Broccoli Cheese Soup Is The Answer! (Gluten-Free)

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli? This Broccoli Cheese Soup Is The Answer! (Gluten-Free)

Do your kids love broccoli? No? Then this week’s recipe is for you because this will convert most kids especially if you omit the word broccoli and call it “Cheesy Vegetable Soup”. Today’s recipe is not particularly pretty but it’s a weeknight favourite in our […]

Sorrel Pesto, Bright, Citrusy, Delicious And Easy

Sorrel Pesto, Bright, Citrusy, Delicious And Easy

One of the big perks of living on Canada’s West Coast is our mild winters. We are well into November now and my sorrel is staging a comeback after the heat and dryness of the summer had decimated it.  I thought I better use it […]

Beet Borscht Inspired By Grandma’s China

Beet Borscht Inspired By Grandma’s China

I am going to start this by saying borscht is one of my favourite soups.  For me, borscht is a comforting sweet and savory red beet soup, often with beef simmered until falling apart tender but there are many variations and I didn’t even realize […]

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Cake With Cardamom And The Difficulty Of Describing Food

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Cake With Cardamom And The Difficulty Of Describing Food

October is in full swing and I am still using up my apples that won’t keep, the ones that have a little worm hole or have fallen on the ground and gotten a bit bruised and this week I perfected my Apple Brown Sugar Cake.  […]

Chickens In The City

Chickens In The City

It’s World Egg Day!!!  Do you raise chickens on a city lot? Ever wanted to?  Many cities and towns now allow people to raise small flocks of chickens on regular city or town sized lots.  Katie and Angela of Creekside Produce have been raising them for years […]

Fall(en) Apples And Easy Apple Beignets

Fall(en) Apples And Easy Apple Beignets

There are three foods that make me feel all the fall feels, pumpkins, wild mushrooms and apples.  While some apples are ready in late summer, my little apple tree finishes in the fall.  This year my apples were ready to start picking in late September […]

Orange Radicchio Salad And Other Ways To Use This Chicory

Orange Radicchio Salad And Other Ways To Use This Chicory

Happy fall everyone!  I love radicchio and as we move into fall, the cooler temperatures produce a more sweet and mild flavor (though still pleasantly bitter) as opposed to the stronger flavor in summer.  This member of the chicory family is crunchy, full of bold […]

An Apple A Day!

An Apple A Day!

Apple season is here and there are so many yummy recipes for apples.   With summer holidays over and kids back in school I’ve been trying to get back into the regular routine and that includes healthy dinners because we indulged a lot during our holidays! […]