an ombre easter

I have been waiting weeks to make Easter eggs!  The day I received the newest (egg covered) copy of Edible Vancouver turned out to be my decorating day as well!  There’s something so simply enjoyable about decorating eggs.  It’s just too bad I don’t like hard boiled eggs, or I would have made more.  Since I’ve moved away from my aunt, I haven’t had the chance to make any Pysanka eggs in awhile and those are by far my favourite.  I love making different designs and creations with the wax resist method and bold bright colours.  I will have to go home for Easter one year and get her to teach me all over again.  For now I’ll stick with the tried and true dip-dyeing method.  This year I tried to be a bit creative and create an ombre design.  After a couple trial and errors I finally figured out how best to tilt the jar to keep the egg in place while adding additional water to fade the secondary layers.  The red egg turned out great, and the yellow would have too if it wasn’t so light of a colour.  I recommend trying this method, especially if you have extra eggs to practice with… trust me you’ll need them.  Despite producing only one true ombre egg (the blue one is kinda funny lookin) I think they will look quite pretty on the table on Easter morning.  My first try, the green one, produced a kind of watercolour look that I actually kind of like. (I must remember not to use my favourite colour for my initial tester next time).IMG_0030 Continue reading

herb harvesting

My herbs and carrots have been coming along nicely, until I noticed flowers blooming on my thyme. Obviously I didn’t cut them soon enough. I decided to cut off the flowers and try to dry the thyme and oregano so that I can use them at a later date and they don’t go to waste.

Collecting Thyme

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quick & delicious

So I realize that I’ve been lacking in the blogging department lately, and really my only excuse is that I haven’t done anything interesting enough to write about. I have made a couple new recipes lately that I thought I would share. These recipes are great if you need something to bring to a party quick. Both are super easy to make and in my opinion anyways, delicious!

The first was made for a Super Bowl party I attended last weekend. I found the ‘Chicken Tortilla Cups‘ recipe from Canadian Living online. Continue reading

mexican taco soup

Last summer my Mom and I attended an event at Township 7 Winery in South Langley, called Art in the Vines. With over 50 different artisans, artists and crafters, not to mention delicious Township 7 wines to taste, there was so much to see and even more that I was tempted to purchase. A new local Langley based family food company called, “Simply Delish Soup & Salad Co.” peaked my interests. I bought a very yummy lentil based soup that I devoured not long after purchasing, as well as tonight’s meal-to-be, Mexican Taco Soup – you can purchase it for yourself here. I finally decided that today was the day to try this one out. I’ve discovered that it’s incredible easy to make, and thus should have done so LONG ago. All you need is a slow cooker, one 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, 2 cups of frozen corn, and one lb. of ground beef. We only have a mini slow cooker, which only fit about half of the recipe, and so I had to split the beautiful bag of beans, lentils & spices in half. Bonus – I get two meals out of it!

Mexican Taco Soup

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I’m no foodie, but…

Debut Issue

Today I tried out a new recipe. Not something I do a lot of, but once in awhile I have the urge and the confidence to try something new in the kitchen. I received a link to a brand new online foodie magazine before Christmas from a friend. There were so many delicious looking recipes inside I could not wait to cook one of them up for friends and family during the holiday break. Alas… I’ve just now gotten to it. The Magazine is called Foodie Crush, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some new baking, cooking and drink ideas. The recipe I decided to try was one, “Baked Pear Vanilla French Toast”. Continue reading