Easy Plum Galette

Delicious Plum Galette

Need a quick dessert for tonight?  This is a super easy plum galette that you can make in a flash.  Galettes are rustic open tarts that can be filled with whatever you want, and I have a huge weakness for them (which would explain why I have more than one galette recipe on this blog).  The ingredients are simple, and the crust doesn't require pre-baking.  I change the fillings with the seasons: plums, peaches, pears, apples, and even savory versions with sweet cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and … [Read more...]

The Best Dutch Oven Teriyaki Pork Ribs

Clean Eating Baby Back Pork RIbs

Listen up, because I'm about to share my best recipe for baby back ribs - my "signature" dish.  This is falling-off the bone meaty heaven and will cast silence on table conversation as everyone digs right in.   The dish is cooked in a dutch oven in under an hour and a half, and my recipe is as simple and lightened up as you can get: pre-boiled and cleaned baby back pork ribs, honey, low sodium soy sauce and black pepper.  I'm yet to meet a person who doesn't love these!  Just make sure to have … [Read more...]

Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

So we bought a house on Salt Spring Island.  It was all great...until it wasn't.  Here we learn a hard lesson: if you have 5 inspections to do, you do 5 inspections, not 4 because the owners told you a great story and it seemed to check out. It's a blunt reminder that we're very much the outsiders to this small community and loyalties don't stack in our favor.  Or maybe we just came across bad people, and that could happen anywhere.  So we cut our losses and walked from the deal, relieved that … [Read more...]

Goodbye Summer!

Goodbye Summer!

Well, that was fun. We just had heavy wet snow on green leaves = tree massacre.  I was still in my jammies when I raced to find my snow boots, parka, gloves, then ran outside to try to shake off and save what I could in the yard.  Even with this effort, 4 trees were already broken. I'm sitting here and trying not to look at splintered branches dangling outside the window.  It sucks, because Calgary has so little greenery to begin with. I think animals were just as confused as people - Greg … [Read more...]

Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl

Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl

For the 4 people that still read this blog, hello! How are u? August ended, what a relief.  The world is going to hell in a handbasket and work sh!t finally hit the fan closer to home - I'm spent.  Fine, but spent.  So I give you this easy lunch/dinner bowl that doesn't require much thought or preparation.  What's not to love? Here's a bowl of quinoa with homegrown tomatoes, farmer's market zucchini and local Italian sausage.  My bowl also comes complete with the world's most expensive out of … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Blackcurrant Syrup (Ribena)

How to Make Your Own Blackcurrant Syrup (Ribena)

This is my cleaned-up homemade version of how to make the popular Ribena blackcurrant syrup.  I sure have enough blackcurrants to go around! If you asked where we were last week, chances are it was in the yard picking them. Hard work, let me tell ya! We didn't weigh the result, but I think it came to about 15lbs - that's a lot of hunching over and picking!  The berries are way too tart to eat, but make great jam, or syrup, that's exactly what I did! We always had Ribena in the fridge in my … [Read more...]

Teriyaki Pork Noodle Bowl

Teriyaki Pork Noodle Bowl

I've been neglecting my love for Asian cooking in favor of quick summer meals... so why don't we marry the two?  I love Thai and Vietnamese flavors, and I'll make Chinese once in a while, too. If you shy away from these cuisines because some ingredients are unfamiliar to you, or worse, because you associate Asian cooking with pre-made sauces from a bottle, then this quick recipe will debunk those fears! Nothing artificial from a bottle here.  Do you still buy pre-made teriyaki sauce?  You … [Read more...]