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Gin and Spearmint Iced Tea with Egg Whites and Stinging Nettle Syrup

My lumberjack’s grandparents have a property right on Dore lake in Northern Saskatchewan and we try to get up there at least once a year to enjoy the fishing, scenery and ultimate peace and quiet.  While exploring the property I came across a huge stinging nettle bush and picked myself an impressive bag-full for the trip home. Although […]

Gin and Tonic with Candied Kumquats and Fresh Basil

I’ve had a stressful week, so it’s cocktail time on the blog! Candied kumquats will make for an interesting addition to any patio cocktail you dole out this summer. Best of all, the candying process is quick…three ingredients quick. Sweeten things up with this spin on a classic G & T! Candied Kumquats (adapted from Bright […]

Homemade Pink Lemonade Spritzer with Fresh Mint

It’s Friday and it’s summer, this calls for a white wine spritzer!  …with homemade lemonade of course. Homemade Pink Lemonade Spritzer with Fresh Mint (adapted from Martha Stewart) 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 1 cup sugar 2 cups club soda 1/4 cup cranberry juice 1 bottle dry white wine […]

Homemade Stinging Nettle and Lavender Loose-leaf Tea

Stinging nettle is a remarkable little herb…quite temperamental (a huge jerk) to work with when fresh, but totally worth it if you have some patience. The best parts of fresh nettles are the youngest leaves, so you’ll definitely need to wear gloves when plucking them from the larger stem.  Once steeped they no longer sting […]

Chia Smoothie with Black Grapes and Fresh Gooseberries

Gooseberries are a wonderful little fruit.  I feel rather insincere bringing up the tired old cliche that good things come in small packages, but it’s true!  These tiny gems are packed with more vitamin C than an orange AND they come delicately packaged inside a tiny, natural paper lantern!   A little paper lantern!! Simultaneously […]