Early hostas

As always, use multiple reference guides before eating any plant. Hostas are considered ornamental in Canada but they’re considered an edible leafy green in the old world. The plants come back year after year (perennials) and they grow with little attention and do well even in the shade. You want to harvest the hostas before […]

Growing Chives in Canada

Chives are one of those herbs that springs up early and bounces back after each cutting. They can be substituted for garlic and onions (in marinades, roasted veggies, salad dressings, sour cream dip or cream cheese/butter spreads), but I find they’re mostly useful for freshly flavouring mashed and baked potatoes. Chives need little to no […]

Summertime Drinks: A Canadian Mint Julep

Whisky is a great drink. But whisky straight is best reserved for the fall and winter months to warm the soul. In the hot weather, sometimes a cocktail is more enjoyable. A mint julep is a simple classic cocktail that’s easy to make in the summer time: Find a mint plant. Mint is impossible to […]