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My Heirloom Wild Gooseberry Jam

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My Heirloom Wild Gooseberry Jam

Wild Gooseberries Ribes oxyacanthoides (Canadian Gooseberry) which is in the same family as currents.  Have you eaten them before?  Heard of them?  I feel like they’re a forgotten berry here in Alberta.  I haven’t eaten them since my Grandma would make jam with them when I was a kid, so back in the late 80s.  I’m dating myself there.  Many people have told me “Oh yeah I remember when my Grandma would make that too”.  I’ve read that many homestead locations will have current or gooseberry bushes in the yard as this was a common berry to have back then. ...

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My Herbal Bitters Made A Tasty Mojito

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My Herbal Bitters Made A Tasty Mojito

What are Bitters? Ever heard of bitters before?  Bitters are bitter herbs infused into alcohol and used as a digestive aid, to be taken before or after a meal.  This is a well-known traditional practice in Europe but it is just another one of those herbal secrets that got lost over the generations after moving to the “new world”.  The two times I remember hearing about bitters are when we were traveling, once in Cuba and another time in Germany.  Cuba has their famous Mojito drink and I sure enjoyed them while there.  I remember our bartender telling me the...

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How to Make Rosemary Olive Oil for Summer Salads

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How to Make Rosemary Olive Oil for Summer Salads

By now we probably all have our garden seeds planted here in Alberta and our flower pots and planters looking fabulous on our decks.  Hopefully you planted some herbs being it’s so wonderful having fresh herbs to use in the kitchen, and in herbal preparations like I do.  So I am bringing you an idea today for those fresh herbs, beyond adding the mint to your mojito (which is also a fantastic idea) or basil to your pesto.  Why not try making a herbal infused oil, or vinegar, for your culinary delights?!  We have all seen the flavoured olive oils...

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Prairie Wildcrafting in Early Spring

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Prairie Wildcrafting in Early Spring

  To say 2020 has been a strange year is an understatement.  The devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic has affected all our lives in many ways.  The part I want to touch on today is the fear people have had of food shortages.  While we haven’t really ran out of anything we can’t live without, and I mean fruit & vegetables by that, I feel people have become more aware lately of what they are eating and where our food comes from.  I hope more people plant a garden this year or if space is limited to plant some garden...

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Easter is around the corner and with that comes family traditions.  Our family has been decorating pysankas since our Grandma took up the traditional Ukrainian method of decorating eggs years ago.  It’s still my favourite way to decorate eggs, using a kistka filled with beeswax you heat over a flame, then “drawing” on your egg in layers of beeswax with turns of dyeing your egg.  (A non-traditional egg my Grandma made for me in 1997) However this year we are on social isolation and distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  My sister has the pysanka tools and we won’t be...

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