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On The Farm

I have a passion for producing food, and I want to share my stories about small scale farming and homesteading.  Originally from Los Angeles, I have been learning to appreciate the world around me since moving to Southern Ontario's country.  Join me in my adventures, and see the wonder in foods anew.

March 1, 2020

So this past week our merchandising instructor put us to the task of creating our own product.  Specifically, a meat product made with an undervalued cut, adding value to it with some sort of cutting technique and ingredients.  

We make products like thes...

February 1, 2020

There goes the first month, a rollercoaster.  Start at the bottom, tick up, rush down, find yourself right back where you started. 

One full month of not cooking for myself.  Not once.  And then finally braving the student kitchen, and discovering that they regular...

January 11, 2020

Okay, so week one of butchery in college has passed.  I don't think the natives have spotted the outsider in their midst.  I'm getting by on my good looks, so that they don't dig into my history to the point where they find a bleeding heart... idk.  Not quite hippy, no...

December 31, 2019

The most amazing thing about chickens is their ability to lay eggs year round.  Really, they are one of only a few types of bird that lays eggs all year long and that is such a wonderful thing.  So much locally produced food is a seriously seasonal thing, but if you ke...

November 11, 2019

I'm at that funny transition point between seasons when I'm really not sure what to cook.  All of my fresh produce is officially used up or rotten, excepting the apples, so I have to start relying on whatever I preserved. 

Mostly that's been corn mash, but I only h...

November 3, 2019

I very often have a hard time using up various preserves, to the point where they go bad and need to be chucked out for the chickens.  I know, #firstworldproblems.  But it's surprisingly difficult, especially having grown up in the city, to change the mindset from what...

November 2, 2019

The green tomatoes seem a little odd, I know, but trust me, they're good.  Provided you've cooked the crunch out, they have a lovely soft yet firm texture, and the flavour adds just a bit of tang to the overall impression.

The bacon is bacon and is both delicious and al...

October 22, 2019

Any of you ever heard of Dr. Oetker?  If your thinking of a frozen pizza company you're on the right track.  In Canada that is exactly what Dr. Oetker does, but in Germany, where the company is based, they have a whole range of baking goods.  When I was little we could...

October 21, 2019

I highly recommend using this icing with a bundt cake, as it really brings out the details in the shape.


1 cup butter

3 cups sugar

6 tbs milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla


Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.  Grind the sugar in a food processor...

September 22, 2019

Stir fries have been a staple for me for the past few months now, always bumping into my mind as I try to decide what to eat for any meal of the day.  It started as a delicious and worthwhile meal to make for breakfast and lunch for when I had work, and then it sort of...

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