Around the same time you get home from work and take off your tie or scarf, about 30,000 homeless Canadians are figuring out where they are going to sleep that night. On May 7, 2014, Mary Wiens of CBC radio’s Metro Morning will host Homes First’s second annual fundraiser, ‘Tie One On,’ to raise funds to help house the 5,000 homeless people living on the streets of Toronto. Continue »
For many people celebrating Easter this weekend, Easter Sunday dinner means a feast of ham, or rack of lamb, or that old holiday standby, turkey. This year, why not try something different and delicious, like rabbit? If you’re the type who eschews chocolate bunnies, there is still the opportunity to indulge in a little bunny love, albeit of a more savory kind. Continue »
April really has been the cruelest month this year. Our winter simply would not leave, like the dreadful last guest at a party. We’re about a month later than usual in the garden season: Early crocuses are a no-show, and the maple tree’s frothy green flowers—that welcome swath of green in April that’s spring’s true marker—haven’t yet made an appearance. But we can still dive in and get ready to garden. Here are things you can do to kick off your gardening season.
- Start taking house plants outdoors. Philodendrons, pothos, dracena, sanseveria, succulents, etc. Make sure you place them in a shady spot for first few weeks. North side of a house is good. Direct sun outdoors will burn leaves if you make a sudden change from indoor gloom to intense outdoor rays.
- Monitor night-time temperatures, and be ready to cover any house plants you’ve placed outdoors if weather goes below zero, (use a blanket or a duvet, topped with an old shower curtain) or bring back inside overnight. Keeping plants in trays helps with this, until you can safely leave out with no chance of frost.
- Take herbs outdoors, like rosemary you’ve overwintered, again, in the shade.
- Loosen leaf mulch on garden beds, or remove entirely to let sun warm soil. You can add mulch back later on in season when things heat up again.
- Turn on your outdoor tap and attach your garden hose.
- Fertilize your houseplants, or geraniums you’ve overwintered. Use a half strength solution of organic liquid fertilizer, like kelp.
The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are in the NHL playoffs and the Toronto Blue Jays have just started the 2014 baseball season. If you are a sports fan you are feeling pretty good right now and those three things are reason enough to throw a pizza party. I’ve got just the cookbook to help you do just that. Pizza: Seasonal Recipes from Rome’s Legendary Pizzarium this cookbook is by the man Vogue magazine called “The Michelangelo of Dough”. Gabriele Bonci has been developing his signature style at his small pizzeria in Rome. He uses stone-milled farro flours and relies on the seasons to determine his unconventional topping combinations. He comes up with more than 1500 different topping combos each year! This guy knows his pizza and this book is going to show you how it’s done. Continue »