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A Recipe for Mushroom Barley Soup

A Recipe for Mushroom Barley Soup-

Since I was a little girl, I had a favourite soup. The one that brings back the best memories is Mushroom Barley. The mushrooms in the soup have a soft texture and a beautiful aroma. The barley in this soup creates a lovely and satisfying thickness. As a whole, mushroom barley soup fulfills three of my five senses – taste, sight and smell.

Today, this soup brings me back to when I was a little girl. Simply catching a hint of the mushrooms, transports me back to the age of 5, 8, 13, 19, and so on…

Two summers ago, I visited my family in Europe and was reminded of this, my favourite soup. Most of the ingredients may be grown in your own vegetable garden and stored in a cold cellar. It’s the perfect soup to prepare on a cold winter’s day.


A Simple Technique for Preserving Zucchini

A Simple Technique for Preserving Zucchini

I love the taste of fresh zucchini! I wait for it all year, then plant it and wait impatiently for its first fruit.

We’re approaching the end of summer and our zucchini plants haven’t stopped producing. The more I pick, the more zucchini my plants produce and our kitchen counter is covered with tasty green fruit.

Is your family getting tired of eating zucchini? Are you running out of recipe ideas? Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy some delicious, home grown zucchini in the middle of winter?

Before giving it all away to friends and family, consider this easy and simple technique, that will have you enjoying homegrown zucchini all winter long.


An Easy Recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles

An Easy Recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles

As the end of summer approaches, I get excited thinking about preserving my harvest. What can I do with my garden bounty, to feed my friends and family for the rest of the year?

One of my favourite ways to preserve food is through fermentation.

So many foods are fermented, some of them well known and others unexpected. Pickles and sauerkraut are the most common fermented foods. Tofu, coffee and wine are probably the most surprising.

Fermentation is easier to do than most think. The end result is a delicious and healthy preserved food.

Read on for an easy recipe for fermented pickles.


10 Must Have Herbs For Your Vegetable Garden

10 Must Have Herbs For Your Vegetable Garden

I love herbs!

They smell delicious and make a wonderful addition to recipes. The flowers they produce are loved by all sorts of pollinators, like honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, hover flies, lace wings and many others. They make great companion plants to many vegetables, by either deterring pests, attracting pollinators or both.

Whether you have room for a vegetable garden, or not, there’s always room to add a pot of herbs. Even if you don’t have outdoor space, a pot of herbs will grow wonderfully next to a sunny window.

Check out my list of top 10 “must have” herbs for your vegetable garden.

Included at the end of this post is a recipe that you can download for free. In it, I not only provide the recipe, but also the step-by-step techniques to make it.


How to Force Rhubarb (Plus Bonus Recipe)

How to Force Rhubarb

I have recently made the most amazing discovery and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Rhubarb has been growing in my garden for over 5 years. I have added several plants since then and have about 7 plants in total. Every year, I’ve had to wait until well into May, in order to harvest it.

However, I’ve found an easy way to speed up its growth. This method produces rhubarb that is a delight to the senses and it’s flavour is sweeter and more tasty than traditionally grown rhubarb.

How would you like to get a head start on your rhubarb plants?

Here’s what I’ve done in order to speed up my rhubarb’s growth. The result is a sweet and tender harvest, unlike any sold in stores or farmers markets. By following this approach, you too will be able to harvest a surprising and delightful rhubarb, that will make you the envy of all your gardening friends and neighbours.