Blueberry Scones

August is a lovely month to visit the farmer's market, there is an abundance of local produce on offer, including blueberries! These small blue powerhouses pack in a lot of flavour, are anti-inflammatory and contain high levels of antioxidants. One of the phytonutrients blueberries contains is resveratrol, which is found in high levels in grapes and has received a lot of coverage over the past few years in articles promoting the benefits of wine consumption. It appears that blueberries are beneficial for those of us who decide not to imbibe but still want to reap the benefits. The World's Healthiest Foods also points out that blueberries are low on the glycemic index and also contain fibre, a very good combination when it comes to regulating blood sugar levels. I'm a big fan of Dr. Michael Gregor and his NutritionFacts.org website. He has a page featuring a series of short and…

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Rose, Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

This spring I find myself gravitating to all things rose. When it comes to baking and beverages, I use rosewater. As a word to the wise, it's very potent and I have found that a little bit goes a long way; I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of feeling like I am eating perfume! Rosewater is a lovely addition to homemade lemonade, if I am making a big pitcher I usually add about 1 tsp of rosewater or orange blossom water to jazz it up a bit. This compote makes excellent use of fresh spring produce, like rhubarb and strawberries, but you can mix the fruit around, to fit the season you are in. I haven't tried it yet, but I suspect a blueberry maple version of this recipe would be lovely, with orange blossom water, instead of rosewater. I found my rosewater in a…

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Strawberry Shortcake Quick Oats

I love oatmeal in the morning, whether it is warm in the winter or prepared as an overnight oat or quick oat variation in warmer weather. I love to mix up the ingredients I use, whether it's chocolate & chaga, blueberry and lemon, or in this case, Strawberry Shortcake! I love oatmeal in the morning, whether it is warm in the winter or prepared as an overnight oat or quick oat variation in warmer weather. I love to mix up the ingredients I use, whether it's chocolate & chaga, blueberry and lemon, or in this case, Strawberry Shortcake!

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Dandy Little Dandelion

Like most people, I was never a huge fan of dandelions. I considered them to be an insidious weed, to be purged whenever possible. A couple of years ago I was driving with my kids and we passed a big field of bright yellow dandelions. My daughter looked at the field and commented that the flowers were beautiful. This opened up my perspective, and for the first time I actually looked at the dandelions as something other than a nuisance. I began to appreciate them for the bright, cheerful flowers that they are. 

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