Archive for June, 2010

Glittering like jewels

Now that we’re in Vancouver, I’m discovering a new version of the west coast that is thriving, vibrant and urban. It’s an ideal place to situate my passions for food, gardens, and culture and I love living here a little more every day. Still, after spending last week exploring our old stomping grounds on Vancouver Island, the allure of returning someday remains. (more…)

June 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Strawberry salad!

A quick post to point you in the direction of my strawberry salad recipe. It’s strawberry season again and enjoying the ripe red fruit in a delicious salad is a rite of summer for me. I found beautiful BC-grown organic strawberries for sale at the corner store on our street this week and I’ve been blissfully eating my way through a big basket for the past two days.

I’ve updated the original recipe to include mint and chopped green onions along with the salad greens, strawberries and goat cheese. Those herbs combined with the creamy cheese and the juicy sweetness of the strawberries is a magical pairing.

Happy strawberry finding and salad eating!

June 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm 3 comments

Other people’s gardens

Although I am enjoying new forays into container gardening since moving to Vancouver, downsizing from yard gardening has increased my interest in planted spaces outside my wee concrete plot. Perhaps it’s also because great gardening is much easier in this temperate climate than it was in good ol’ zone 3. West coast gardens are amazing and they’re everywhere! The long growing season, perpetual moisture and lack of bone-chilling winter cold all make it possible to create truly beautiful outdoor spaces.

As I walk around inspired and inspired again, I’ve decided to start a series of posts on other people’s gardens. I’ll continue to write about the progress and delights of my own garden, but you can also expect pictures and thoughts as I troll through gardens near and far admiring the handiwork of green-thumbed kindred spirits.

The photo above is from the charming Goats on the Roof Old Country Market in Coombs on Vancouver Island. We spent a few days over on the island when we first arrived from Calgary while we waited for our furniture to catch up.  Seeing the whimsical planting on this green roof was the antidote that instantly calmed my frazzled moving nerves.

June 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm 1 comment


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