Black currant, how do I love thee?

Last year I stuck a couple of black currant bushes into the very edge of the ravine, at the back of my herb garden, next to the rhubarb. Planting anything here is challenging because the properties that line the ravine are built on landfill, and it’s pretty tough to dig a hole without having to…

Been doored in Toronto? Good luck.

I started biking to work again about a month ago. It’s a welcome form of exercise I will keep up with whilst still being practical (getting to and from work and avoiding the hot, slow, crowded and often delayed subway system). I’ve been cycling off and on in Toronto since I moved here 20 years ago….

Garlic Mojo

By late February, early March, my remaining garlic harvest is usually starting to try to sprout and go soft. I usually try to roast what’s left and freeze it to prevent it from sprouting past its usefulness. This year however, I came across Rick Bayless’s Garlic Mojo (Mojo de Ajo) recipe, which is a simple…

Baby chicks

Haha! I wish! If only I could have backyard chickens. Alas, I have to suffice with the rooted variety. I can’t wait to find interesting little nooks and crannies to stuff these guys into. I planted some last year among the huge bank of armour stone we have around the front yard, but they were singletons…

Brrr…

What the hell May? Last night the low was around 2-3ºC. Today it was all manner of weather: freezing rain, sleet, snow, regular rain and sun, windy as all get out and damn cold, only about 5-6ºC. Needless to say I covered up my veg garden last night, and I’ve kept it covered all day…

The lazy mom’s guide to beautiful planters

Last year I was shopping at a garden centre with my mom and trying to figure out what plants to get for my front porch planters (and vaguely wondering how I’d find the time to plant them, with my then 6 week old baby). And of course my mom being the brilliant lady that she…

I Scream, You Scream: Global Vanilla Shortage!

Have you heard?! I learned from my sister in law last weekend that vanilla prices have suddenly skyrocketed in the last few weeks due to a crop failure in Madagascar. My SIL does a lot of baking as a side business: cakes, cupcakes and cake pops. We consult regularly on vanilla purchases because I live near…

Will it be mama or papa, mommy or daddy? Experts explain babies’ first words

TORONTO – Sarah Mulholland vividly remembers the first time her 13-month-old son called out “Mama.”She was cooking about two months ago when little Conri began clamouring for her attention, clinging to her legs and whining until he suddenly uttered those two simple syllables that send mothers’ hearts fluttering. Source: Will it be mama or papa,…

Officially a working mom

It’s official. I’m a working mom. I’ve heard this described on the interwebs as ‘super mom.’ Which seems silly to me, because aren’t like, almost all moms working moms these days? I guess we’re all super. Anyway. It’s hella hard. But our family is finding a groove. If you can call 4:30 a.m. wake up calls…

The garlic is in!

Back in August I harvested my 2015 crop of garlic. I’m still tallying up the totals (everything I do these days is done in the fastest, most efficient way possible, but not always with the same attention to detail as I used to give; having an infant around will do that to you). This weekend…