Basic Mexican Spice Mixture

You can use this spice mixture for chili or fajitas. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon of cumin 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of pepper 1 tablespoon of chili powder (use the variety depending on your spice tolerance. Paprika is mild, usually chili powders are somewhere in the medium range, and cayenne tends to […]

St Paddy’s Day Soda Bread!

My aunt made this soda bread for St Paddy’s Day and it was delicious! Went really well with the briney corned beef. Ingredients: 1 tsp of salt 1 ½ tsp of baking soda 1 ½ tsp of baking powder 2 tsp of sugar ¼ cup of wheat germ 1 cup of all-purpose flour 1 cup […]

DIY Mouth Wash

Salt and baking soda are alkaline and will create an alkaline environment that is antibacterial. Ingredients: 1 tsp. of salt 1 tsp. of baking soda 1 cup of water

Making Wine or Hard Cider in Canada

I started making fruit wines at home to save money, but it turned out to be a fun hobby as well. You can also customize your wines. I’ve never found a commercial cider that suited my tastes because I find they are too light bodied and sugary for my own tastes. But homemade ciders are […]

A Canadian’s Guide to the Basics of Alcohol Fermentation Equipment

The equipment is pretty basic and affordable, which you can get either online or at a home brew store. Here’s the list: Sanitizer: You can go about sanitizing your equipment a few ways. One old standard is diluted bleach. Bleach is basically a stabilized version of chlorine. There are other brew-specific chlorine-based sanitizers like Diversol, […]

A Canadian’s Guide to the Basics of Alcohol Fermentation and Booze Making

My goal here is to lay the groundwork for any basic fruit-based alcohol fermentation that you may want to do at home. I know I was overwhelmed when I first started, and I want to make it as simple and direct for you dear reader. The process is simple. Our species has been fermenting sugars […]

Baking Banana Bread in Canada

I have an odd preference for unripe bananas. But even if you prefer your bananas to be ripe, I’m sure you sometimes end up with bananas that are too ripe. These can be saved in the freezer for banana bread. Here’s my recipe. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas (mashed) 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour 1/2 […]

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 […]