Backyard beekeeping in Edmonton

I'm officially a beekeeper! The bees arrived from New Zealand today and Matt and I installed them this afternoon. For those who just want to watch a video of us installing our package of bees, here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSEie3h4kt4 Matt and I took an urban beekeeping course at the John Jantzen Nature Centre last October, taught by... Continue Reading →

Food writing in Avenue Edmonton

I've done a number of pieces for Avenue Edmonton magazine in recent months, though I just realized I haven't shared them here. I was pretty happy to connect with Avenue shortly after leaving Vue, and that they were willing to bring me on to do a few pieces. Here's a roundup of everything I've done... Continue Reading →

Eating Haida Gwaii: Green Gaia

The soup was great, but the community values were outstanding. We knew we’d have to stop in as soon as we discovered there was a place in Masset describing itself as an organic vegetarian cafe – more or less the diet we’ve adopted in recent months. Green Gaia did not disappoint: the bright, funky mural... Continue Reading →

Eating Haida Gwaii: Charters Restaurant

Hungry and haggard from air travel, we stumbled into Charters about an hour after they had opened for dinner. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of a large house overlooking the harbour in Masset, just a quick two-minute walk from Copper Beech House. The space is open and bright, with clean whitewashed walls... Continue Reading →

Eating Haida Gwaii: initial thoughts

Haida Gwaii is weird. That’s a massive generalization and far too vague to mean anything, admittedly, but I haven’t been able to find another way to articulate my thoughts about the place yet. So, this post will be the first in a short series about the food culture I discovered on my recent trip to... Continue Reading →

Starting Seeds Indoors & Cold Stratification

Though it still seems early in the year, gardening season is well underway in Edmonton. Last Sunday I bought a number of seeds from the annual Seedy Sunday, mainly from Harmonic Herbs—a 15-acre farm up near Barrhead. I picked up some veggie cultivars, both common favourites and some more unusual things I haven't tried yet, as well as a... Continue Reading →

Cold frame gardening in Edmonton

The earth is damp and aromatic with the rich scent of early spring. The day is unseasonably (unreasonably) warm—11 degrees at the very beginning of March—and that warmth is predicted to hold steady through the next week at least; it could very well be the end of the winter already. As the sun sinks into... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Extreme Green Soup

If you are low on vitamins or just need a quick hit of veggies (and seriously, who doesn’t), this is the soup for you. It’s totally unlike your average plain, boring vegetable soup: loaded with fresh flavours, savoury garlic, a spicy pepper edge and a velvety texture that comes from simply whisking flour with olive... Continue Reading →

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