Category Archives: Cooking

Blenders

June 12, 2016 You need to develop a different mind set when you live off grid. You think about power usage all the time. Power tools are for sunny days. But regular household items also use power, and sometimes significant … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Hearth Reno – Lessons Learned

May 15, 2016 I love my woodstove, a beautiful and functional Kitchen Queen 480. It supplies all our heat and hot water during the heating season as well as handling all our cooking and baking. The hearth and surrounding walls … Continue reading

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Birch Syrup

April 27, 2016 Spring has arrived. Yeah! Although this winter was not unduly harsh, it was long and it is so nice to finally shed the winter parka. Now that spring is here, the sap is running. Two winters ago, … Continue reading

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Pidpendky and Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

September 25, 2015 I continue to expand my knowledge and use of wild edibles. The fall is when the pidpenky mushrooms are out. We are not completely sure what these mushrooms are called in English but the Ukrainians always picked … Continue reading

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Watermelons

September 23, 2015 They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what to do when you get watermelons??? Seems like an odd problem to have in Manitoba, as we are not know for the long hot summers that … Continue reading

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First Cherries

August 1, 2015 About six years ago, Ken planted a couple of Evans cherry trees. The next year, he planted a few more. Now we have six cherry trees. Until this year, none had every produced a single cherry. Last … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Garden Bounty – Young Borscht, New Potatoes and Broccoli

July 29, 2015 Wow, the garden is overflowing with organic produce just crying out to be picked. It’s like having a grocery store in your back yard. We started the morning with a green smoothie made from fresh picked raspberries … Continue reading

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