Random Collection of Tea Blends

Blending your own teas can save money and make for a higher quality tea, especially if you grow some of the plants yourself. Here are some of my random combinations. Adjust the ratios to your own personal tastes. The order below is from most to least: Peppermint-Spearmint-Tarragon Other ingredients include: Blackberry leaves: bitter tea Chamomile […]

A Variety of Pad Thai Recipes

1) Easy, Totally Inauthentic Pad Thai Ingredients: 300g noodles 500g of tofu, chicken, pork, beef or shrimp 1 cup of chopped fresh vegetables (broccoli, carrots and onions) 2 tbsp of vegetable oil 4 tbsp of soy sauce In place of tamarind paste (1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar, 1 Tbsp lime juice, 2 Tbsp rice vinegar) […]

Making Honey Wine (Mead)

Mead glorious mead! One of mankind’s earliest brews. The refreshing sacrament of dead Vikings in Valhalla. This honey wine is a delicious, sweet drink. Yeast doesn’t metabolize honey particularly well so some yeast nutrients from your local brew store can help. Yeast nutrients are the bodies of dead yeast cells (among other trace nutrients), which […]

Corb Lund: Canada’s Great Modern Cowboy Musician

I began my love of country music through hearing Corb Lund on CBC. His story songs about horses, ranching, Alberta and military history really struck a chord with me. I’ve seen him live twice now, once at the National Arts Centre and once at the Carp Fair. Both shows were great but he certainly seemed […]


Dill gives bland foods a bunch of flavour: home pickled veggies, pan-fried fish, potato salad. The herb is a fairly forgiving plant once it gets out of the seedling phase. You want to place dill in full sunlight. Ideally, the soil should be somewhere in the 5.5-6.5 ph range, moist and well-drained. Dill plants can […]

Easiest Flour Tortillas

Flour tortillas are one of the easiest foods to make. It’s basically just a thin, flatbread, the kind that is made in many different cultures (but we’ll call it a tortilla since that’s what they’re usually called in Canada). Ingredients 2 cups of all-purpose flour 3/4 cup of water 1/2 cup of olive oil 1 […]

Glorious Apples: dehydrate ’em, brew with ’em, vinegarize ’em

Ahhh apples. The “grapes” of most of Canada. So many uses. Pies. Cider. Cider vinegar. The worst flavour of lollipop. If you get a good sale on apples, find a crab apple tree in the bush or start your own orchard, you’re going to need to preserve those apples so they’ll keep over the winter. […]

Samuel de Champlain

Samuel de Champlain Birth: 1567-1580 (estimates include 1567, 1570, 1574, 1575, 1580 – only document from childhood is a baptism on August 13, 1574) in Brouage or La Rochelle, France Death: December 25, 1635 in Québec City, New France (aged 61) Profession: explorer, navigator, cartographer, geographer, soldier, diplomat, administrator, chronicler Summary of Great Accomplishment: – […]