A Virtual Afternoon Tea – More Fresh Herbs

A Virtual Afternoon Tea – More Fresh Herbs

As the weather is turning cooler by the day in Southern Ontario, I am getting ready to clear annuals and weeds, prune perennials, and mulch the garden beds, in preparation for the winter months.  I am also harvesting as much of my herbs as I can, because even the perennials will eventually shed all their tops and go dormant.  I will share my techniques for preserving herbs in another post soon, but for this one, it was time to prep some tea and treats ... click on title for more

Two Kitchen Tools to Brighten Up Dull Chores

Two Kitchen Tools to Brighten Up Dull Chores

With the summer harvest reaching its peak in my backyard, I have been prepping a lot of herbs and veggies. Creating new dishes and making family favourites is always fun, but food preparation might become somewhat tedious, and dealing with leftovers and half-used produce without using a lot of plastic wrap can be a challenge … click on title for more

Scarborough Fair – A European-Themed Garden in Canada for the Mexican Kitchen

Scarborough Fair – A European-Themed Garden in Canada for the Mexican Kitchen

One of my garden beds has a "Scarborough Fair" herb theme, stealing directly from the lyrics: "Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme". The photo at the top of this post was taken this morning, and shows my "Scarborough Fair" patch with green parsley, sage starting to bud, potted rosemary and thyme in full bloom. Although all of these and many other herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, are not native to the American continent, skillful cooks in Mexico embraced European influence to create amazingly rich and aromatic dishes that have become part of traditional Mexican cuisine. … click on title for more

Swiss Chard Quesadillas

Swiss Chard Quesadillas

I am currently away in Mexico, so I have scheduled several new posts to get published in my absence. Since I just shared a new recipe for Swiss chard, I thought of re-posting this one for quesadillas; it calls for Swiss chard and also serves as a comparison between the beginning of the harvest (June in my area) and the end, in the fall (shown in the previous post) … click on title for more