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Underground Markets Popping Up Everywhere!

We finally had our first underground market meeting here in Vancouver. It went really well, we met in a lovely old house in a nice central location. I even–just barely–remembered to get a photo to document the event–too bad my camera sucks at indoor photos-this was the best I could do. We decided that we need to work on our mission statement to be clear about what our purpose and goals are, but we all seemed to agree that it should include both food and handmade crafts, be geared towards supporting the local economy, and that sharing and bartering should be included in our discussion. We also seemed to be determined to keep it open for all, and would like to have a way to help subsidize low income vendors and members, although we haven’t worked out any details.

Living Smoothie: Apple, Ginger, Carrot & Kefir

Living Smoothie: Apple, Ginger, Carrot & Kefir

Well I've been feeling a bit bad about not posting many recipes lately, so I just wanted to share this one. Recently we've started adding juices to our kefir--yum! Very easy fresh and full of friendly enzymes, probiotics and vitamins. 3 apples 3 medium carrots 1-2 inch piece of ginger 1 c of ...

Factory Farms: Backbone of The Junk Food System

Factory Farms: Backbone of The Junk Food System

There is more and more information coming out that highlights the true environmental and health costs of factory farmed foods. The idea that human population can only be fed by massive industrial farms is a myth and it is destroying our world. The following is from some of the articles that have bee ...

Homemade Olives

Homemade Olives

At the end of the summer I was down on Hastings in one of my favorite little stores--Como--it is run by a feisty Asian couple who speak Italian. They get in large sacks of fresh olives towards the end of the summer. This year I decided to buy one and try to figure out what to do with them. Just as I ...

Homemade Tooth Powder

Homemade Tooth Powder

I was having some trouble with cyclical vomiting syndrome for a couple years and perhaps as a result of that I have holes in my teeth now which I have never had before. This year I am focusing on remineralising my teeth, so I will be posting ways to get more dietary calcium soon too. In reading abou ...

Local Apple Relish

Local Apple Relish

This year, while searching through various old cookbooks for pecan pie recipes I came across a lovely fresh apple relish (Apple Kitchen Cook Book by Demetria Taylor), which I just had to try. It was fantastic! Especially tasty with fresh, local apples, it works particularly well as a relish with tur ...

Grape Kombucha Soda

Grape Kombucha Soda

This is a very simple technique that makes an extra tasty batch of kombucha. By adding fruit juice after the ten day fermentation period you get a fizzier drink, which means there is more alcohol. This drink is very much like a grape soda, but good for you! I have been making kombucha lately ...

Aromatic Yogurt

Aromatic Yogurt

This is quite a lovely idea for people who make their own yogurt at home--a herbal infused yogurt. It is VERY simple, yet exotic--using only milk, yogurt culture and your choice of aromatic herb(s) or spice(s). Some delightful herbs I have used are keffir lime leaves, lemon verbena, rosemary, mint, ...

Scented Cherry Cheesecake

Scented Cherry Cheesecake

This recipe is absolutely to die for, it is gluten-free, grain-free and refined-sugar-free, what more could anyone ask for? I have actually been working on this recipe for a few years now. I got first got the vision for an infused yogurt cheesecake when we were living in Neversink, NY. It is ...

Baking Soda Shampoo

Baking Soda Shampoo

One of the things that I have developed over the years after working so long in the food industry around heavy duty oven and floor cleaners and whatnot, I have developed a chemical sensitivity. Doing the GAPS/SCD diet has made me more aware of what is affecting my body in adverse ways. I have al ...