Recipe: Gazpacho

I love this cold soup on hot summer days.  It is a great way to get a couple of servings of vegetables in a different way.  It is also all raw.  And very tasty. Inspired by Rebar Restaurant. Continue reading Recipe: Gazpacho


Tis the season for zucchini

I have a plot, 10′ x 25′, in a community garden called Colony Farm. This is my second year of planting. Last year, before we dug it up, it was basically 250 square feet of grass.

This year, in spite of the cool, wet weather we have been having here on the west coast, and losing a number of my seedlings to slugs, my zucchini plants are thriving. Of the four seedlings I planted, three survived and are now producing an amazing volume of giant zucchinis! Actually, all my squash plants are doing well.  The only exception: the pumpkin that is supposed to produce 100 pound pumpkins (it’s actually probably for the best, because I don’t know what I would do with a pumpkin of that size). Continue reading Tis the season for zucchini

Recipe Update: Paleo Brownies

I’m always looking to improve my recipes if I don’t think they are quite perfect yet.  My recipe for Paleo brownies definitely fell into this category.  They weren’t quite right – I thought they were too dry – they were missing that denseness that brownies have.  So I added dates.  If you ask my husband, he’ll say that this was his idea.  For the record, I had already thought of this but did not tell him, why would I?

Anyways, the addition of dates gives the brownie a better texture, in my opinion.  Just make sure you mash up the dates so there are not any big lumps of dates when you bite into it.

Our dinner guests loved it (they don’t eat Paleo), if the lack of leftovers are any indication! So I’m calling it a success!

I’d love to know if you tried either recipe.  Which one do you like better?

Recipe: Homemade Coconut Milk

If you are following a Paleo diet, then you are probably familiar with the many uses of coconut milk.  I love the taste of coconut so when I saw actual whole coconuts at the local grocery store, I bought one.  My husband said “Why did you buy that?”.  Well, I wanted our kids to know where coconut milk and dried coconut flakes came from (they are quite familiar with where beef, pork and chicken comes from). Continue reading Recipe: Homemade Coconut Milk

Back from vacation

Place for contemplation, at April Point LodgeI’ve been missing in action over the last few weeks since our family vacation to Campbell River, BC.  I’m still on vacation, at least in my head.

As I mentioned in my post Happiness is… it is one of my favourite places on earth.  I don’t know what it is about the farm – perhaps it is because my girls are the fourth generation to camp and play there, perhaps it is the mix of ocean, forest and grasslands along with the local fauna, or perhaps there is something else indefinable that resides there.  I haven’t figured it out yet but it is probably a combination of all three.  Whatever the case, going there restores my soul.

Note to readers: if you came here to read about food, it won’t be in this post so I suggest you go to the recipes tab or find the Food category.  This post is more about me and my connection to the earth. Continue reading Back from vacation