Chokecherry Liqueuer, Year 2: Week 2 Update

For the first post on this year's chokecherry liqueurs, head to: So, after 2 weeks of turning or shaking these litre jars (almost) every day, I figured it was time to taste-test the liqueur. My opinion: Unfortunately, at this point, both Nicole and I agreed the chokecherry liqueur pretty much looked and tasted like cough... Continue Reading →


You had me at Charcuterie…

Heaven. That's what eating Chef/Sommelier Claude Aucoin's Prosciutto was like. Let me back up--on December 6th, Nicole celebrated her birthday/first anniversary of her ordination to the priesthood, and so we decided to do something special. We'd heard that Sugar Moon Farm was hosting one of their amazing chef's nights that night, and so we figured what... Continue Reading →

An Afternoon Jaunt in Malagash

Our household has suddenly become twice as big in the past week--my parents are visiting us from Alberta until just after Thanksgiving--and as such, we've been eating (and drinking!) much more than we normally do as we enjoy each others' company. Today we decided to take a drive down to Malagash to show them the... Continue Reading →

Whirligigs Cafe

  On the main drag of Wallce, NS, looking out on the bay you'll find this amazing spot called Whirligigs Cafe. People had been telling me about Whirligigs' brunch all last summer, but I never got a chance to go. So this past week, Nicole and I got up super early (to get my tires... Continue Reading →

Sun Tea from Oliver Farms

This week's food inspiration comes to you directly from the sun! How could anyone not love Sun Tea? It's honest to God the easiest way to make iced tea during the spring/summer months, and when you have the option of using local tea (like I do using Oliver Farm tea) it makes it even nicer. So... Continue Reading →

It’s Not Easy Being Green

So, today is a blog about two lovely green things you can find just about anywhere in Nova Scotia--red raspberry leaves, and dandelions. I was turned onto red raspberry leaf tea years ago in my undergrad as a great way to curb PMS cramps (among other things). I'm not a huge fan of the straight up... Continue Reading →

Comments on the Canada/EU Free Trade Agreement

This is a really great article that presents some of Nova Scotia’s concerns related to the recent Canadian-EU Fair Trade Agreement.

Adventures in Local Food

For the past four years negotiations have been taking place between Canada and the European Union about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). While full details of the agreement have yet to be disclosed, and will not be fully understood until the final details emerge in 2014 or later, the CETA could have huge impacts on the Canadian environment and food system. CETA is the most expansive free trade agreement (FTA) since the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was signed over 20 years ago. The negative impacts of the NAFTA on the economy, environment and the agricultural sector are widely cited, which has caused some to raise concerns about the potential threats CETA could pose.

Though experts and activists have sounded alarms, wide-spread outcry amongst the general public has been all but absent. Given the current media climate filled with senate scandals and crack-smoking mayors, CETA…

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The Halifax Community is Hungry for Canning and Preserving Skills: What are you craving?

Check this out for 2 reasons: 1) You’re a Haligonian (or within driving distance of the HRM) and you’re interested in learning more about food, and 2) the cranberry apple chutney recipe looks awesome.

Adventures in Local Food

The Halifax community is hungry for canning and preserving skills and we want to know what sorts of skills you’re looking for.

The Ecology Action Centre has a long history of offering food and gardening skills training to Nova Scotians. We’ve found this to be a valuable way to build community and increase interest in local food. But with all of the new local food projects emerging, we’ve recently made our interventions in the community a little more targeted. We’ve done so by partnering with community service organizations that address the needs of low-income communities, New Canadians and other groups who struggle with food insecurity issues. As you may have seen in other blog posts, we’re also working closely with children and youth in our school system.

We believe very strongly in the work we do to support vulnerable communities, but in shifting our focus to target communities, we…

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