Well, “sprung” may be a bit of a strong word. Spring has shown up. Kind of. The robins came back, if only because they’re programmed to. We still had snow on the ground last week. But at the moment the small amounts of warmth and sunshine that we’ve been graced with have produced soft buds on the raspberry canes, tiny, grassy stalks of pungent chives poking out of the leaf litter and an abundance of bunnies, which last year ate our peas down to stumps before they ever had a chance. Hmmm…
Wow, has it been cold. We haven’t seen cold like this in years. We saw -30C (-22 in American measures) with the windchill yesterday. And that was the HIGH temperature! We had a reprieve on the weekend, hovering around the freezing mark, but the wind was still bitter. And this weekend promises to be milder, but very wet. It’s time for chili. Continue reading →
My first January through December of blogging My Edible Journey. There were some definite hits (wow, do you all love ham soup!) And a few misses (so maybe I’m the only one who thinks that cabbage and kale pair well with honey and Feta). And in between there have been seasons of incredible local bounty, delightful new tastes and a few surprises, good and… not as good. There have been photos that I have quite loved, only to be panned by foodie link sites, and at least one I really didn’t like, but put up anyway and then had those same sites love them. Go figure. Continue reading →
I never ate cooked cabbage when I was a kid. Well, there was that one time when my mother presented us with a plate of knackwurst that had been cooked in sauerkraut. That pretty much put me off of cooked cabbage and snappy-skinned German sausage until well into my adulthood.
My husband’s German background reintroduced me to cooked cabbage in the form of Rotkraut; a sort of sweet and sour red cabbage dish. I didn’t like that, either. Still don’t (though I’ve since had a knackwurst-style sausage, sans sauerkraut, that I did enjoy). Continue reading →
I *think* it’s safe to say that the weather is turning cool. It sure looks that way this week. We’ve turned on the furnace. That means something, right? Though I do hope that it is still nice enough for a pleasant evening of Hallowe’en trick or treating.
It’s natural that when the weather turns cool, one’s culinary thoughts turn to things like warm breads, hearty stews and crunchy coleslaw. Wait… what? Continue reading →
No, I am not retracting my comment on pumpkin spice everything. But what can I say? It’s that time of year. When you’re buying local produce in Niagara in October, there is a gloriously obvious bounty of pumpkins and squashes to be had. Rich in fibre and vitamin A, and useful in everything from soups to sides to dessert, they really are a fabulous food to take advantage of. Continue reading →
We love dill pickles. Actually, we LOVE dill pickles. Little Miss could eat a jar in a week if I let her. I made a paltry 6 half pint jars last year. I don’t know what I was thinking. They were gone by the end of summer, but after cucumber season, of course. Continue reading →