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bioSnacky Sprouter Challenge Update: Days 2 to 4


After setting up my sprouter for the Ten Day bioSnacky Sprout Growing Challenge, I've had a busy weekend which included both celebrating my birthday and bike racing in a local team triathlon in the pouring Vancouver Island rain. Haven't had much time for gardening or plant care in general, so it…

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Checking up on the backyard kitchen garden


I've been traveling so much over the past few months that my backyard kitchen garden has been pretty much left to its own devices. When I've been home I'm rushed out to throw a few new plants in the ground, feed, stake, water, then off I go again. It's been interesting to see what flourishes wit…

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The 10 Day BioSnacky Sprouter Challenge begins!

 Being an experimental gardener of all things edible, I was thrilled to be chosen as one of thirty Canadian food bloggers to try out a new way to grow fresh sprouts at home.

The BioSnacky Sprouter from natural products company A.Vogel is an inexpensive, self-contained seed germinator that allows…

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Cashew Pesto Pasta

Basil has filled my garden again, so I delved back into my newly acquired Cashew Pesto Recipe last night and made a fresh batch to keep on hand.

Instead of making pesto pizza with it, this time I went for a simple pesto pasta, topped with parmesan cheese. Golden green and bursting with flavour, thi…

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Fresh spring pesto with cashews

Spring seems to finally be arriving across Canada, some of you had quite a rough one this year. Celebrate the return of the colour green to your life with a batch of fresh pesto from your own kitchen.

It's a great time to plant basil in your garden (or 'plant' a few containers on a kitchen shelf) …

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Evolution of a $1 packet of salad seeds

On the very last day of the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market in late October of 2012, I walked by the Omega Blue Farms booth and noticed a sign saying "All Seeds - $1.00", their end of the year sell-off. Between the price and the potential growing challenge, I couldn't help stopping to investigate.


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Apple Butter made with local fruit

As someone who is trying to learn how to cook everything (one thing at a time), when someone offers me access to extra homegrown fruits and vegetables, I'm in heaven. When my friend called me and said "Want to come and pick the rest of my backyard apples, there's too many!" I was there, with a baske…

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Salsa Verde with home-grown BC chili peppers

I've been in love with Salsa Verde ever since the first time I spooned it onto a burrito when my local taco shop ran out of tomato salsa. It's got a tangy zing that red salsa doesn't have, which soothes the edge of the spicy heat.

I grew a Super Chili pepper plant on my deck this year specifically w…

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