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

Vegetable Gardening

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 […]

3 Ways To Preserve Your Lavender

3 Ways To Preserve Your Lavender

Mmmm, it smells so good! My English lavender is in bloom now with its beautiful, fragrant purple buds and I am determined to harvest at its peak this year and in the spirit of keeping it simple and easy, below is a quick guide on […]

May Gardening and Quick, Easy, Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

May Gardening and Quick, Easy, Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

It’s past May long weekend and that means gardening season is in full swing.  I’ve got many of my summer season seeds and starters in and am now picking lots of herbs (hello cilantro, parsley, mint and a small bit of volunteer dill!) in addition […]

5 Easiest Spring Vegetables

5 Easiest Spring Vegetables

The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Spring Veggies I am no pro. In fact my garden has been created 100% by trial and error and anything that remains, is there because it is easy!  3 of my 5 top choices below are perennial and appear early in […]