Starting Seeds Indoors & Cold Stratification

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 

Cold frame gardening in Edmonton

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 

Recipe: Extreme Green Soup

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 

Recipe: Faux-roccan Lamb & Chickpea Stew

Recipe: Faux-roccan Lamb & Chickpea Stew

A rock-hard tube of frozen ground lamb: not a common (or overly appealing) ingredient in my house; previously I’d only used it successfully in homemade ravioli. But a decent working knowledge of foreign cuisine is only a few Google searches away, and that’s exactly how 

Edmonton’s 2014 Food Year in Review & Predictions for 2015

Edmonton’s 2014 Food Year in Review & Predictions for 2015

You’ve seen enough annual year in review lists; here’s one more. I put together a collection of food trends over the past year, concentrated on local Edmonton stuff but with an eye to the greater food world. There’s also some predictions for this new year: 

Edible Insects

Edible Insects

I was psyched; I was ready; I actually wanted to eat this cricket. So reads the first line of an article I wrote about edible insects for Vue. I want you to imagine eating a cricket, or a mealworm, or a beetle grub: I know 

The Chocolate Issue

The Chocolate Issue

Humans have known that chocolate is awesome for millennia. This week’s Vue is The Chocolate Issue. It was my first feature issue as Dish editor, and I think it turned out pretty well if I may say so myself. Which I can, because I just 

How do you like them apples?

How do you like them apples?

Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton is doing good things around town. The group, which started in 2009, has rescued countless pounds of fruit over the past five years. But there is so much more that could be saved – they need your help! I profiled OFRE 

Downtown Edmonton’s Grocery Store Shortage

Downtown Edmonton’s Grocery Store Shortage

This week’s issue of Vue features a piece I wrote the new downtown location of Earth’s General Store. They opened the new store about six weeks ago on 104 Street, in the space formerly occupied by the ill-fated Pangaea Organic Market and on the same 

Breaking News: I’m the new Dish editor for Vue Weekly!

Breaking News: I’m the new Dish editor for Vue Weekly!

Yep, it’s official: I will be taking over as Dish editor for Vue Weekly. I have been more involved with Vue’s Dish section this year, writing feature stories in addition to my usual biweekly wine column. After the former Dish editor left, I casually inquired