There was once a time when seeing Rapini in the produce section of urban grocery stores made me feel like a bit of a failure. Here was a vegetable I couldn’t quite grasp. I’d buy it, bring it home, cook it, and it tasted awfully bitter – time and again. So I stopped buying it. … More Rapini Demystified
How often do you buy more fresh vegetable greens than you can manage for your meal plans? I’d often look in the crisper in my fridge and find fresh greens that we’d purchased such as Cilantro, Parsley, Dill, Basil, and even Spinach wilted or turned to mush, especially when my girls were very young and … More A Primer to Honour Your Fresh Greens
Paneer is a fresh cheese that is very easy to make. Aside from the time it takes to stir the milk while it boils, and the time it takes to press the cheese, it is really a simple process and the product is way better than the packaged products you can find at large grocery … More Making Paneer for your Botanigals Odd Spice Mixes
Do you hesitate to deal with garlic because it is a pain to peel, it sticks to your fingers, and your hands smell like garlic for a good while later? Fresh, whole garlic is so great for people, but when it is fresh, there is a chemical reaction that occurs at the moment the … More Peeling Garlic Without the Grief: It’s Scientific!
Written in 2006 to supplement a First Nations Medicine Wheel Garden presentation for YWCA Muskoka’s Victim’s Services program and to aid in healing when visiting the Chrysalis House Medicine Wheel healing garden which I designed in Huntsville. This was a very popular presentation but I’ve discontinued it because it was not really mine to give. Sacred … More The Circle of Life: The First Nations Medicine Wheel Garden
This was my first ‘article’ written to be distributed at a ‘Ladies Night’ speech I was asked to do about gardening with deer, which is quite an issue around waterfront in Muskoka and Haliburton. The topic was to be about ‘Deer Proofing’ but ‘proofing’ is practically impossible because deer are an inherent part of the ecosystems here that … More Gardening in Deer Country
This article was written and compiled in 2002 and distributed as a marketing tool for BarK throughout Muskoka at trade shows, markets, workshops, and seminars. Updated and printed in 2005 for the Edible Algonquin Summer Workshop series.* We all know the joys of harvesting wild fruit such as Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cranberries or Crab Apples. There … More Wild Recipes for Biodiversity
What Makes a Bad-Ass? Protocol for Ultimate Black Ops Style By: Corvus Corax ARE MY BINOCULARS HANGING TOO LOW!? If so, this common birding faux-pas can invoke questions from the layman such as: “Have you been hunting?”, or “Who do you work for?”, or if encased in a jacket on a female geek, “When are … More Black Ops Birders
The Shillelagh helps us gauge the size of the prints we photograph. We are lucky enough to snowshoe right out of our back yard. With walking sticks in hand, we pack down trails every winter to observe wildlife and experience the woods sans blood-sucking bugs. With this hobby has come a fellow love for winter … More Tales of a Walking Stick
Why Wild Scents are Sensible. Aromatherapy and Plant Folklore for Muskoka, Haliburton, and Central Ontario. HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU REMEMBER being lost within an enchanting scent in nature? Perhaps you happened upon a cool, lowland pocket of air, enveloped by Jewelweed. Perhaps you had just trimmed some grass beside a moist, naturalized area. Perhaps … More Are Wild Scents Common Sense?