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...]

Grilled Summer Corn and Quinoa Salad

Grilled Summer Corn and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salads have been my favorite this summer, same goes for new potatoes, and I probably consumed so much salmon while it's in season that I could grow fins. This salad here is awesome - leftover cooked quinoa I had sitting in the fridge, and what I found at the farmer's market - kale, red peppers, onions, and fresh corn. Summers are so short here in Calgary that I end up overwhelming myself with things to do. It's like every moment of each day needs to be stretched for maximum use of the … [Read more...]