These are the best beans I’ve ever grown. I’ve grown a lot of different cultivars, and more often than not the plants hate the pummeling of heat my south-facing garden gets – and my yield and quality is hideous. But this year, for some reason, the beans decided to bloom again in late August, and are producing perfect, beautifully textured … Read More
Yesterday I was at a BBQ at my in-laws’. Shortly after arriving, while on an intense search in an abyss of a fridge for something dinner-related, my wife dug this tetra-packed wine-box out from the depths. ‘You can throw this out, dad’. We had bought a 3 pack for my father-in-law in Sinalunga, Italy. For a laugh, more than anything. … Read More
In May of 2005, I dug a young blackberry plant out of a gravelly back alley in Campbell River, BC, smuggled it home, and planted it. More than two years later, I am full of glee at the arrival of my first garden blackberry. Ah. So much joy from something so small.
I just had the most bizarre experience. I was outside, checking out my herb bed, and noticed a rabbit nibbling new greens along the sidewalk edge, about 30-40 yards away. Admittedly, I had evil thoughts that involved maybe eating him. He also reminded me of a pet rabbit I once had. So he was working his way towards me, and … Read More
I’ve been threatening to do this for a while. This morning, I dug up a large bucket of yukon gold and red norlands. And the summer’s first potato salad appeared in my kitchen. I’ve really been enjoying garden onions quick-pickled in white wine vinegar this year, and they make this salad pop. Yum.
Today we went on a culinary adventure to Parkberry Fields. Where have they been all my life?!? We picked 3 pails of wicked, fragrant, super-ripe strawberries in 15-25 minutes – and that was slow because Evelyne wasn’t picking very fast. Yes. A joke. Hah. We kept a few for fresh, and man do they make the ‘store-variety’ look like crap. … Read More
I spent a lot of time in the kitchen today. Lunch was a thai green curry ling cod with rice and chard. Supper was a steak sandwich with grilled shoulder of beef and pagnotta garlic toasts. I thought shoulder of beef needed a moist cooking environment. I was wrong – it’s excellent grilled. I should have known, as my favorite … Read More
A notable meal. Not only because of some nicely grilled ling cod fillet – but because these are the first carrots and beets of the year. With a little french rosé and a bowl of home-made ice cream for dessert, it made my evening. Jay was over and we got to check out his new wheels. Very nice vehicle. We … Read More
Tonight, I’m not sipping wine. I can sense your shock. Tonight, I’m sipping tea. I grabbed some organic mint tea that we bought because it was supposed to help with colic. Yeah, not so much. Anyway, I realized, looking at the tea bag steep, that I have loads of fresh mint in my garden. So out I went to make … Read More
I helped my dad plant his garden today. I really enjoy planting, as it means you get to eat loads of awesome food in a few weeks. It was also the first harvest of asparagus – a noteable event every year, and a reminder of how much better fresh garden produce is than the product you buy in stores. I … Read More