Friday, February 20, 2015

Chocolate Beet Cake from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars {giveaway}

Chocolate beet cake from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

I was one of those little kids who loved beets. Mashed winter squash I couldn’t stomach as a child but I’d have second helpings of boiled beets with supper. That’s why I couldn’t resist the Chocolate Beet Sheet Cake recipe in the new cookbook, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars.

Written by the author of the popular food blog, Simple Bites, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is part cookbook, part food journal, with recipes punctuated by “Homesteading” essays about the author’s backyard sugar bush, laying hens and kitchen gardens. It’s about how you can get back to the land in suburbia, with young kids firmly in tow.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lisa’s Cracked Wheat Brown Bread

cracked wheat brown bread
The beauty of this recipe is that it requires just one rising so as far as yeast breads go it’s fairly speedy.
There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking.

Although I grew up in a home full of fresh baking, homemade bread was always a treat, especially brown bread. And like many Maritime families, we often ate it along with our baked beans on Saturday nights during winter.  

It wasn’t until I was at university that I learned to bake bread on my own. Baking with yeast had always been intimidating but when my friend Lisa sent me this cracked wheat brown bread recipe I decided it was time to learn so called mom for some tips.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Natural Flavours and other food additived to avoid

food additives to avoid
If there is food in your cupboard with ingredients that sound inedible, you might want to think twice about how much of it you really want to eat.
Have you ever wondered about the term “Natural Flavour” on an ingredient list?

It begs the question: if it’s so natural then why aren’t the ingredients that make up the “natural flavour” listed? It makes it all seem decidedly unnatural, don’t you think? 

So-called “natural flavours” are the fragrance of the food world. They’re often comprised of synthetic preservatives and chemicals (including propylene glycol), and they’re often made by the same companies that concoct fragrances for the personal care product industry. 

Undisclosed “flavours” are just two of a dozen food additives that Environmental Working Group suggests we all watch out for because they’re loosely regulated and their safety is questionable.  

Highly processed foods contain food additives so if you want reduce your consumption of the additives, or avoid them altogether, aim to eat more whole foods, do as much cooking from scratch as possible and read more labels.  

Here are more common food additives to look out for:


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Make Your Own Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Make Your Own Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Homemade Honey Dijon Vinaigrette tastes way better than bought dressing and takes about two minutes to mix up.

If you want to reduce the amount of processed foods in your fridge, making your own salad dressings is a good place to start.

I have seen more than one family fridge with a half dozen bottles of salad dressing littered about. Some are half gone, some must be two years old and there are at least two opened bottles of exactly the same kind. Bought salad dressings are easy to accumulate and seem like a convenience, until you make your own and realize how easy it is.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wholesome Blueberry Wheat Germ Muffins



Wholesome Blueberry Wheat Germ Muffins
Wholesome Blueberry Wheat Germ Muffins have a nutty sweetness and a lovely light texture.
It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I understood the value of being inventive with school lunches. In elementary school we walked home at noon but in junior high we often stayed at school so mom would pack a lunch for us.
And they were great lunches, if not a little different.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stop to Savour Italian Currant Cornmeal Cookies called Zaleti

Stop to Savour Italian Currant Cornmeal Cookies Called Zaleti
Italian zaleti - a currant cornmeal cookie that's not too sweet and beautifully flavoured with lemon zest.
In the spring of 1998 my mom gave me the excellent cookbook called “Baking with Julia”, a compilation of recipes from a cooking show hosted by Julia Child. On the show top pastry chefs, bakers, teachers and cookbook authors visited Julia in her kitchen to demonstrate how to make his or her signature creation.
Stop to Savour Italian Currant Cornmeal Cookies Called Zaleti

I have made all sorts of special recipes out of that book over the years but none more than these little Italian currant cornmeal cookies, called zaleti.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips for Stainless Appliances + Copper Pots


non toxic cleaning ideas for stainless appliances, copper pots and more
Clean your stainless appliances, copper pots with non-toxic kitchen ingredients

Non-toxic cleaning tips for stainless steel, silver, copper and more

January has been a clean-organize-purge month for us as we embrace the urge to simplify that sometime arrives after Christmas. The non-toxic cleaning ideas using baking soda that I shared earlier this month have been a great help but there are other jobs, like cleaning copper, silver and getting rid of messy smudges on stainless steel appliances, that called for a different approach.

4 recipes for easy, effective, non-toxic cleaners for metal (including jewelry).

All use simple kitchen ingredients.
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