Shōjin Ryōri

You might be inspired by this article describing Shōjin ryōri, an approach to food preparation derived from Japanese Buddhism going as far back as the 6th Century. Literally “devotion cuisine” it is designed to promote alignment of mind, body and soul into careful balance.  It strikes me as an extension to the mindfulness and community […]

Tomato Max

As everybody knows, only home grown tomatoes have this flavour, even this monster one (Canada Dry included for size comparison). We will miss these when they are gone, but for now we should all get as much vitamin T as we can. [modula id=”780″]   Chicken sandwich on sourdough, garden tomatoes and onions, home made […]

Harvest Time

We will be remembering this warm beautiful time of gorgeous fresh food in the months to come! See some pics here and send more for posting!

Pickle Time

Mark the fermentation master has been generously sharing his expertise to grateful picklers.  Until you taste a crisp fresh REAL pickle the way Mark does it you haven’t tasted the real thing.  Besides being delicious, fermented products like pickles and sauerkraut have many real health benefits for digestion and more. Coming soon!  Pickle and Kraut […]

Approaching Sourdough Deliciousness

My bread today is approaching really really yummy. The ambient temp in the last few days has been 25+C.  Everything happens much faster than normal (for here).  The starter that I took out before bed was double in volume by the next morning and definitely ready to go by 9 am  (normally would only be […]

What’s Up Doc?

Things are humming! Some carrots are being harvested and work is continuing preparing the winter garden. This one is for the National Museum of Carrots in Ottawa. Preparing the soil and adding fertilizer. Taking carrots home!

July is Humming!

The heat is finally here to give a friendly push to the plants at all three locations.  Teams are busy with weeding and watering AND prepping for the winter garden. Bryan brings the winter garden manure. Weeds away! Shhh!  Don’t wake the carrots. Prepping the winter garden. Beans are climbing. Ready for anything, anybody, anytime. […]

Little Deer Are Here

Watch out for these guys on the road! Two little spotted deer and one small confused cat, not much smaller than the babies.  The changing colour of the drying grass seems perfectly timed to camouflage these little guys.  Spotted suits definitely the right fashion choice!

Sourdough Times

Breadcraft is coming along.  Experience has led me to some definite guidelines:  Starter must be strong, i.e. recently fed. What seems to work well is to feed about 50g of refrigerated starter in the evening with 100-125 g flour (mix white and whole wheat and or rye) and similar amount water.  Let sit at kitchen […]

Kundalini Garden

What a beautiful addition to the neighbourhood!  It is inspiring to see gorgeous new plots like this springing up  in reflection of peoples’ creativity, energy and inspiration.  A joy and wonder to behold.