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

Vegetable Gardening

Fast and Easy Plum Dessert-Clafoutis

Fast and Easy Plum Dessert-Clafoutis

Late summer and early fall is such an abundant time for fruit!  Plums, apples, figs, peaches…I could go on.  My friend Courtney knows that I love purple plums and she dropped off a big bag of plums for me last week.  We’ve enjoyed them mainly fresh […]

Fabulous Fresh Fig Salad

Fabulous Fresh Fig Salad

Juicy and jammy, figs are luxurious and delicious.  On their own and in desserts, jams, baked goods, in savory recipes or in salad as I have done here.  They are a staple in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and are believed to be one the […]

Zucchini For Days (Or Weeks)

Zucchini For Days (Or Weeks)

I absolutely love zucchini but sadly I am the only one in my family who does.  My children try to avoid it at all possible costs and my husband only will eat it in select recipes.  But it’s so easy to grow! And prolific too! So […]

The Menzies Family Farm-Family, Food, Sustainable Living and Zucchini Fritters!

The Menzies Family Farm-Family, Food, Sustainable Living and Zucchini Fritters!

Today’s post is all about my visit to the second farm that makes up Creekside Produce, the Menzies Family Farm and has a delicious, healthy, vegetarian, easy and kid friendly dinner recipe-Zucchini Fritters with a Herb Yogurt Dip. I am usually blogging about my own […]

Make Your Own (Easy and Healthy) Ketchup From Your Garden!

Make Your Own (Easy and Healthy) Ketchup From Your Garden!

Do you like ketchup but cringe at all the sugar, sugar syrup and other less than natural ingredients? It’s easy to make your own using tomatoes and peppers from your garden or farmer’s market. This week’s recipe, Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Ketchup,  is part of a meal […]

The Green Family Farm – Hobby Farming On Vancouver Island and Fresh Seasonal Salmon and Salad Recipes

The Green Family Farm – Hobby Farming On Vancouver Island and Fresh Seasonal Salmon and Salad Recipes

I recently had the great opportunity to spend a couple of days on Northern Vancouver Island visiting and photographing two hobby farms, the Green Farm (Kate) and the Menzies Farm (Angela).  These two family run small-scale hobby farms have been working together for awhile, sharing a table […]

The Raspberriest Raspberry Sauce with Quick Chocolate Cake for 8

The Raspberriest Raspberry Sauce with Quick Chocolate Cake for 8

  July is raspberry season!  Just when I thought strawberries were my favourite garden fruit, I am now debating between them and the raspberries, yummy #summerstruggles 🙂  No surprise, raspberries are super healthy – low-calorie, high fiber, high in vitamin C and contain Vitamins A, […]

Skinny Dipping (Into Eggplant)

Skinny Dipping (Into Eggplant)

Who doesn’t love dip?! And who doesn’t love Eggplant? Well maybe a few of you? If you’re not an eggplant lover,  I think today’s recipe will change your mind.  This dip is tangy, rich and addictive but also healthy with lots of fiber.  Thick Greek […]

Fast and Easy Summer Dinner (also a recipe to use zucchini!)

Fast and Easy Summer Dinner (also a recipe to use zucchini!)

As I write this, it is getting HOT here in Campbell River and all of a sudden I’m  craving fresh, easy snacks and dinners that won’t take much time or energy.  Cold crunchy salads that are hearty enough for dinner, tangy and refreshing Mexican ceviche […]

Bright, Fresh Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Bright, Fresh Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

It’s the beginning of  strawberry season here on Vancouver Island and mine are doing really well.  I don’t have a huge garden but I’ve been able to pick about 1 cup at a time if I can beat my husband and daughter to it! And to top that […]