Wartime Savory Meat Pie with Mashed Potato Pastry

20180605_174533During the first week living off the ration, I thought I would try my hand at making a meat pie. This was a risky proposition because I have never successfully made a pastry. I have tried countless times and failed each time – until now. I am happy to report that this recipe for pastry using left over mashed potatoes is a winner. Continue reading

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The cost of food – Butter is beautiful, but lard is also lovely. And so are gingersnaps.

Christmas is over for another year.  One of my favorite Christmas activities is Christmas baking but I didn’t do as much this year as I usually would. What slowed me down this year was the cost of ingredients, specifically the cost of butter. Continue reading

Food in Jars Mastery Challenge – When the stars align: fermenting free milk

Making yogurt!

This month’s Food in Jars Mastery Challenge was all about using fermentation to preserve food. Despite the health benefits provided by fermented foods, I have never really been a fan. At least I wasn’t a fan until I realized that both sour dough bread and yogurt rely on fermentation to develop their unique flavors. And then my neighbour gifted me with a jug of milk that would go bad before she returned from her travels. Clearly the universe was telling me to make yogurt. Continue reading

The High Cost of Food

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Cherry tomatoes from last year. I planted a small bush because these tiny tomatoes were selling for something like $3.00 for a pint sized container, at the height of the tomato season.

I have considered beef and grapes to be luxury grocery items for sometime now, so I haven’t really been paying attention to the price of these foods. However, this ad in a local sales flyer caught my attention.  Continue reading