Understanding Hardiness Zones

We’re living in times of changing climates and rising food insecurity.  There are a number of factors that go into both, which we will not go into here, but both issues are causing a return to home food gardening. At the Brar house, in Toronto, we raise a lot of our own food.  From herbs … Continue reading Understanding Hardiness Zones


Eggless Gnocchi

Good morning everyone, This evening, we're going to have some gnocchi with asparagus and a little butter sauce.  I used to be afraid of gnocchi, like I am afraid of pierogi and making my own phyllo.  Not any more.  There are tricks to making the gnocchi light and airy rather than dense and starchy and … Continue reading Eggless Gnocchi

Pigeon Pea Dal

Good evening everyone, There are workmen here today, moving heavy equipment across my back lot to remove trees which are dangerously interfering with some power lines.  So I used any excuse to leave the noise and chaos and went shopping instead.  That left little time for dinner, so I'm making a very quick pigeon pea … Continue reading Pigeon Pea Dal

Dry Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower Dry Curry)

Good evening everyone, I hated cauliflower when I was a kid.  Hated it.  That's because my mother would boil it until it was no longer recognizable as a vegetable, leaving all that good flavour in the pot.  She was not a good cook.  That's okay, not everyone's bag.  Now that I know how cauliflower is … Continue reading Dry Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower Dry Curry)

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Good afternoon everyone, I love dried cranberries and I'll use them in almost anything and especially in a salad.  So good, full of Vitamin C and just sweet enough to add a little something special to a dish. Today I made a roasted vegetable salad with lemon dijon dressing with almonds and dried cranberries.  It's … Continue reading Roasted Vegetable Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Good evening, It's just the husband unit and I for dinner tonight so we're experimenting with what sort of dishes we can make with the leftover bits in our fridge.  We've decided on roasted potatoes, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta and guacamole.  Yummy appie dinner night! (Almost as good as date night but not … Continue reading Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Bruschetta and Guacamole

Good evening everyone, It's just my husband and I for dinner tonight which means we can experiment like crazy.  He believes he's a picky eater but he's not - at all.  He likes a variety of different foods and he doesn't mind trying something new. So tonight, I have leftover avocado and adobo sauce from … Continue reading Bruschetta and Guacamole