Spring Gillard

Feast Table

I’m going to this on Thursday. Can’t wait.

Chefs from UBC and the Alma Mater Society will prepare a sustainable, family-style community dinner on Main Mall using some locally sourced UBC Farm items. White linen, tableware, glassware, and candles will be set for tables of 14 and music will be performed by students from the […]

Warm Red Cabbage Salad

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I’m going to make this dish for a potluck picnic this weekend. It’s always a favourite. It’s from the Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison (the wonderful San Francisco restaurant).

The cabbage is cooked just enough to soften it, then tossed with apple, goat cheese and roasted walnuts. This is a […]

Saffron & Chickpeas

Tried this recipe from Alive Mag recently. It’s yummy.

Saffron Stewed Chickpea Tagine with Olives

Being one of the world’s most expensive spices, saffron is an indulgence. However, a little bit goes a long way, as this tagine’s judicious application of the spice will show you.

2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil 1 red […]

Peas Please

My peas aren’t quite making it home from the garden.

Barley & Mushroom Bake

Alive Magazine has such great recipes. I made this tonight – without the prawns. Wonderful and easy – just throw it all into a hot pot and carry on with your day.

This is an adaptation of a rice risotto with equally delicious results.

3/4 cup (180 mL) dried assorted wild mushrooms 1 cup (250 […]

Corporate Bullies

When I worked at City Farmer, we and the community gardeners along the railway tracks, co-existed somewhat peacefully with Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway. Back then the corporation worked with the community, steaming the weeds along the tracks in order not to contaminate the gardens. One day, when they began chopping the blackberries, we were able […]

Show Pigeons

When I worked for City Farmer we ran a contest for the best food garden in Vancouver. We visited a lot of gardens and in the back corners of many yards we found “show pigeons.” Back then, that was a fancy name for chickens. In those days, it was illegal to have chickens in the […]

Alien Tomato

My mom as been keeping a pet tomato. The eversprouting fruit looks like an alien life form. She took the plant into Art Knapp, her local garden store where Scott Austin, resident garden columnist, did a bit of research. Turns out that this strange sprouting phenomenon is not that uncommon. It’s called “vivipary” and, according […]

Not the Safe Way

I cross the Safeway parking lot everyday on my way home from work and always feel as if I’m putting my life in danger. A man died in August of 2005, when he slipped and fell and was hit by one of the large food trucks that are constantly coming in and out of the […]

Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin

Although it’s been feeling like spring has arrived in this part of the world, it is still two months away. So winter stew season continues and pumpkin or squashes can be both ingredients and containers. If you have a special dinner party coming up, here’s a great recipe from Edible Vancouver. The quantities and […]