Purple Perilla aka Shiso

Summer Beverage Plants (and a Big Thank You)

Fresh sage blossoms are a tasty garnish in savoury, tomato-based beverages. Fortunately, it feels like my toothy saga is nearing the finish line. After a few consultations, I opted for an extraction of the offending tooth. It had a significant crack, and due to an experience Davin had some years ago and the options presented

Grapefruit Bitters and Pomelo Gin

Holiday Gifts, Homemade Bitters, and Other Tangents

A Way to Garden Radio – I recently appeared as a guest on Margaret Roach’s weekly podcast to talk about Holiday gifts to make using plants and things gleaned from the garden. Click here to listen for free. To get your Holiday gift giving started, Margaret is giving away two garden-themed tees from our shop,

Vegan Pumpkin Scones

Recipe: Mini Scones. Because, Pumpkin

Have you heard about this? According to an article I read this morning in The Atlantic, linguists are recognizing the word “because” as a preposition, or what they are calling the “because-noun.” I generally try to steer clear of Internet-inspired turns of phrase, because, annoying and overdone. I like the hint of irony behind this

Oven Roasted Salsa Verde Tomatillo Sauce

My Oven Roasted Salsa Verde Recipe

Recently, my friend Margaret of A Way to Garden inquired about harvesting her first big bounty of tomatillos and turning them into salsa verde. If you grow your own tomatillos, late summer is when their papery husks start to plump up and split, signalling that they are ready for harvest. The fruit tends to ripen

Roasted Vegetables with Pear and Sage

Early Fall Eating: Roasted Vegetables with Pear and Sage

Everything Roasted. I know I have mentioned at least a few times that this is one of my cooking mottos. I am yet to discover a vegetable or fruit that doesn’t taste good roasted in the oven, their juices caramelized, concentrated, and full of flavour. Roasting is also easy work. Lazily chop up ingredients. Toss

Peach and Blackberry Loaf

My Late Summer Peach and Blackberry Loaf Recipe

Here’s something delicious that you can make this long weekend. It took me a few attempts, but I’m finally happy enough with this peach and blackberry loaf to share it with you. It’s not too sweet — in fact, my personal favourite version has 1/4 cup less sugar than what I’ve posted here. I prefer

purple shiso aka perilla

Refreshing Shiso Iced Tea

Shiso (Perilla frutescens) is a beautiful herb that self-seeds with abandon. It’s flavour is hard to pinpoint, something akin to mint meets a savoury herb like caraway with a hint of citrus. I’ve been growing it for years, but it’s aggressive nature always seemed to be curbed on the roof where conditions could be exceedingly

ammoghiu: Sicilian Herb and Garlic Pesto

Heck Yeah! Sicilian Ammoghiu

Last night we enjoyed dinner at The Black Skirt, a Sicilian/Calabrian Italian restaurant here in Toronto. Before the meal, we were served slices of Italian loaf, as is the custom in most Italian restaurants. But where most restaurants tend to provide a plate of good quality olive oil for dipping, The Black Skirt offered something

homegrown lavender salt

Lavender Sea Salt

I have a bit of an obsession with salt. I went through a phase tasting every kind of salt I could find, and I still get excited when I come across new types in specialty food stores. Last summer we happened upon a store called The Meadow in New York’s West Village that carries over

Pan Fried Garlic Scapes with Fava Beans

Quick Cook: Pan Fried Garlic Scapes with Fava Beans

Garlic scapes are the immature, unopened flowers that form at the top of the plant’s leafy stalk in early summer. They have a delicate, garlic flavour and are much less potent than the bulb. In fact, I can’t eat much garlic raw or cooked, but I can devour garlic scapes aplenty with no stomach upset.

dianthus vodka

Dianthus Infused Vodka

Among the recipes in my book, “Easy Growing: Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces” are three herb and edible flower infused spirits that I make each year from ingredients grown in my garden. Were more space available, I could have written an entire chapter on this exciting subject — narrowing it down to just

eggs in bed of garden veggies

Soft Eggs on a Bed of Spring Garden Vegetables

This recipe came about on a weekend afternoon as I was puttering around in the garden weeding and thinning out crops that were too closely planted. Radishes were the main culprit. I don’t plant them in rows or in a dedicated space for that matter. Instead, I pop the seeds into gaps here, there, and

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