Vegetables in the Garden

Spring Planting Last year was the year of experimental vegetable gardening, not that we don't have many years of experience but very little of that in Canada. We had three excellent raised beds installed for us by Urban Seedling and stock the beds with seedling vegetables or seeds obtained from the same people. [...]

2021-04-18T18:50:46-04:00Sunday, April 18, 2021|

Minimal-Knead Sourdough Focaccia

This is an adaptation of a recipe culled from a baking blog (thanks Emily for the link) the URL of which I omitted to save. I have been playing around with various methods of making focaccia and I think this one comes the closest to my personal ideal of what the bread should [...]

2021-03-14T15:57:34-04:00Sunday, March 14, 2021|

Dinner with Granny

J has two volumes of a cookery book published in 1901 that belonged to her grandmother. Fascinating reading - “The past is a foreign country” really takes on meaning looking through this. So - suggestions for your next dinner party of family meal menu. Three courses, of course: Fish - Cold salmon [...]

2020-03-10T14:57:13-04:00Tuesday, March 10, 2020|

Baking basic sourdough bread

Friends have asked and I have been working hard on the methodology as well as doing a course at a pro-bakery. As a result I have revised some old material about making basic and tasty sourdough bread at home. If a simple way to make tasty sourdough breads interests you then you can find [...]

2019-12-08T09:18:51-05:00Sunday, December 8, 2019|

Rising to the Occasion

Learning More About Bread I have been making most of our bread for over 30 years. Originally I used to use yeast as the raising agent but since Breadzilla (another post about her sometime in the future) came into my life a decade ago, gifted by an American colleague who really knows her [...]

2019-11-13T16:12:35-05:00Sunday, November 10, 2019|

On Meeting a Meatless Burger

Meatless Burgers - A Review A Service to our Readers There has been such a lot of talk and adverts for “plant based” faux-meat in the past weeks that we decided to give them a try. Firstly, I need to say that we are not burger eaters of any sort. Occasionally in a [...]

2019-06-24T07:14:52-04:00Monday, June 24, 2019|

The Skip Garden

The Skip Garden - A very different sort of garden We were in England for a couple of weeks recently - hence the curious absence of regular Sunday posts on this Journal. While there we spent a day with an old friend of J’s wandering around a part of London that until recently [...]

2019-05-17T17:58:44-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Really Good Bread

We are in the depths of winter hereabouts so we are wandering off on a parallel path this week to talk about bread instead of gardens. The garden is under a couple of feet of snow and ice and there’s only so much you can say about feeder-birds to engage one’s audience. When I [...]

2018-02-04T09:28:11-05:00Saturday, February 3, 2018|

Shrubs for Mid-Winter

A Seasonal Service for our Friends That title is perhaps not entirely honest as the shrubs in question are not quite what you were expecting if you come here for gardening news. However, the Winter Solstice approaches, followed by Christmas and the New Year with all the jollifications those three dates imply … and [...]

2017-12-10T12:37:39-05:00Monday, December 4, 2017|

A nice cup of tea

In 1946, George Orwell wrote the following in the London Evening Standard.  I am with him all the way, and especially when it comes to the sin of putting sugar in your tea and the almost equivalent sin of not using skimmed milk:   If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that [...]

2015-02-05T18:15:32-05:00Thursday, February 5, 2015|
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