Garlic Herb Bread

My bread machine broke! Long story short, I tried this recipe in the machine, I think the yeast I used was old, and the dough didn't rise. Because it didn't rise, it was too compact for the machine to cook, and the blasted thing overheated and melted the plastic compound under the bread pan, which stuck to the plastic. ...more

Cilantro vs. Coriander: What's the Difference?

Trick question. They’re the same thing. “Cilantro” translates to “coriander” in Spanish. Did your brain just blow up? How parts of the coriander plant are distinguished just depends on where you live in the world. For example, in America, we call the leaves “cilantro,” and the seeds are “coriander.” In the UK, it’s coriander leaves or coriander seeds. In either place, though, the leaves are an herb, and the seeds are a spice. Bam. Quick and painless lesson. ...more

3 Ways to Transform Traditional Pesto

One of the most simple, delicious sauces is a classic pesto. Traditionally, pesto genovese, which is named after its originating home in Genoa, Italy, is a simple sauce made from nuts, cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt. While pine nuts are usually the culprit of choice, many other nuts can be used to give a different flavor profile to this Italian staple. In this post, I will show you how we transform the traditional pesto into three different options, each with their very own independent flavor, but same simple technique or preparation. ...more

It’s Spring... the 11th hour – getting ready to relax

It’s Spring... the 11th hour – getting ready to relax   It’s that other time of the year, when I feel that I’m at the 11th hour. It’s spring so much to be done, plant the perennials, my herbs, set up the yard, the pool, spring-cleaning, and switch the winter-summer clothes....more

Container Gardening: 8 Edible Plants To Grow In Containers This Spring

 It’s here! Its spring!Once the cherry blossom trees are in bloom in Victoria the city comes to life. Watching those barren, graceless branches give rise to pink and white blossoms marks the transformation from winter to spring. But spring is more than flowers and butterflies. Spring also brings asparagus, rhubarb, and a whole lot of seedlings!...more

Spring Time Lunch: Baked Salmon with Parsley Sauce

Salmon is always my favourite ingredient for a spring time Sunday lunch.  This recipe is very simple and clean.  Fresh flavours combine effortlessly....more

Freeze Your Herbs

Instead of tossing those unused herbs, have you considered freezing them?  It's easy to do. Simply pull off a few leaves and put them in your ice cube tray, along with 1 Tbsp. oil (olive oil works well)....more

Greek Baked Chopped

KC The Kitchen ChopperMy neighbor and client is Greek. I picked his brain for sauce and grain ideas. Then I took a portion over to his house to get some feedback. Being a foodie and steak lover I wasn't sure what comments I'd get.  Happy to say I recived an overwhelming thumbs up and an empty plate in return!  He told me not to change the recipe at all. He did think it would be a great idea to pass extra Feta around for those who want more of that tangy flavor.  (Baking mellows the Feta).  Hence the Zing Factor at the very end of the recipe!...more

Herbed Compound Butter

 Herbed Compound Butter!……………….What?…………You mean, you haven’t heard of it?  ”Why, I declare!”Look!  Compound Butter is just a fancy shmancy way of saying Butter with Stuff in it! And since we try not to be too fancy shmancy around here, that’s what we will call it. ...more

5 Easy To Grow Herbs That Can Enhance Your Health

The days are getting longer, the sun is feeling warmer.  This can only mean one thing: it is time to start planting your garden.  If you are ahead of the game then you already planted lettuces, leafy greens and broccoli in April. Now is the time to start thinking about herbs.There is a good reason for planting herbs, besides the fact that they look nice in pots and make your meals sing.  Herbs are truly essential to your health.  Full of concentrated nutrients, eating a variety of herbs helps our bodies ward off aging, stress, free radicals and inflammation....more