May 2, 2016

How to Decide When to Buy Organic

How to decide when to buy organic: Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides helps you navigate the produce section of the grocery store with your sanity intact and a little more money in your pocket.
Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide to Pesticides helps you navigate the produce section of the grocery store with your sanity intact and a little more money in your pocket. 
Have you noticed that the availability of organic produce is getting better and better? I just returned from a major food tradeshow and organic certified foods were everywhere, from organic black garlic to dried blueberries. And even Costco has said they can't keep up with the demand for organic produce. 

April 28, 2016

Super Healthy Granola for Everyday Snacking

Super Healthy Granola for Everyday Snacking; includes nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit and old fashioned rolled oats. Naturally sweetened with molasses and maple syrup. Very little added fat.

Super Healthy Granola includes nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit, old fashioned rolled oats and more. It is naturally sweetened with molasses and maple syrup.

When I was expecting my first child, my mom gave me a Martha Steward Baby magazine. It was lovely and full of perfect pictures of nurseries and all sorts of ideas of how to have a very tidy, organized house with a newborn. What ended up catching my eye in the magazine were the recipes, and in particular a recipe for granola.

April 10, 2016

Yellow Split Pea Dip

Yellow split pea dip has a lovely flavour and works as a sandwich spread too. The vinegar keeps the taste bright and cooking an onion with the split peas ads some depth and body to the flavour.

Yellow split pea dip has a lively flavour and makes a great substitute for hummus. 

I have always been a fan of hummus and enjoy it as a dip and sandwich spread. But, my husband can't eat tahini and my kids dislike hummus so I'm always left eating a batch on my own.

Years ago (2006) I pulled the original version of this yellow split pea dip recipe out of a Food & Wine magazine and tucked it in a recipe folder. There it remained for a decade. The recipe resurfaced conveniently last year around the time my husband switched to a low-oxalate diet.

April 9, 2016

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Cookies Three Ways

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Cookies Three Ways. These deliciously soft cookies are good as is, and are extra delicious with candied ginger or orange zest added.

Double Chocolate cookies with the option to add the grown up flavours of orange zest or candied ginger.

When we first moved into our current house we met the neighbourhood rabbit, Charles. He was a pet rabbit that belonged to the family that lived behind us and they let him run free through the summer. The whole neighbourhood knew Charles, although I don’t think any of us saw him very often.

The idea of a friendly rabbit running freely in the neighbourhood delighted my son and when he was three or four he could coax Charles to him using tender green dandelion leaves. He would sit and pet him while Charles nibbled away.

Conscientious Consumption: How Consumer Spending Impacts Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Conscientious  Consumption: How Consumer Spending Impacts Greenhouse Gas

The power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions lies in our wallets
Have you ever wondered what impact your household could possibly have on global warming?  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt powerless in the face of rising greenhouse gas emissions when you know that huge countries like China have carbon emissions that are through the roof.

A new study out of Norwegian University aims to change that. Using a database that helped researchers determine the environmental impact of more than 200 product sectors, and then mapping consumer consumption of those products, the study was able to allocate CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts to the consumers who use them.
It’s a per capita view of emissions, are calculated according to the stuff we buy, including our groceries. And it shows how consumer spending impacts greenhouse gas emissions.

April 3, 2016

Cardamom Coffee Cake

Cardamom coffee cake, A richly flavoured sour cream coffee cake made with stoneground flour.

A richly flavoured sour cream coffee cake made with stoneground flour.

I don’t recall Easter egg hunts when I was really little but I do recall adventurous hunts out in the yard during my high school and university years. It was more of a race and wrestle than a hunt since dad would simply toss the eggs around the yard as we ran around after him.

April 2, 2016

How To Help Bees and Why It's So Important

How to help the bees and why it's important to food security

One in Three Bites of Food Depends on Bees & Other Pollinators

For years now there has been concern over declining bee populations and the crisis labeled colony collapse disorder. While science hones in on the various causes, General Mills, owners of Cheerios brand cereal, has launched a Canada-wide campaign to educate consumers about the impact of declining bee populations.

To prove that they’re really serious about the cause, the company has cut the iconic bee from the cereal packaging, leaving an empty white silhouette of the bee in its place.

Their “Bring Back the Bees” campaign also offers Canadians a way to help bee populations survive, and hopefully thrive. The idea is to encourage Canadians to plant wildflowers to help nourish the bees. And General Mills is supplying the wildflower seeds, in partnership with Vesey’s Seeds.
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