The bad thing about succulents is that they’re very brittle. It’s also the good thing about succulents, in that any time you knock off a fat, brittle leaf you’ve got the beginning of a brand-new plant. I’m talking about succulents with smooth, fat, fleshy leaves, not the kind with spines, like cactus.
While most typical house plants’s leaves need to be yanked or cut off, most succulents’ leaves will fall off if you look at them sideways. Accidentally brushing against them, moving pots about and jostling them slightly almost guarantees some leaf drop. It’s a little heartbreaking to spoil the symmetry of an established plant or to accidentally lop leaves off one that’s just beginning to take off, but the opportunity propagation helps to take the sting out. Got dismembered leaves? Make new plants.
Paul with a hot chick
It has been awhile since the McCartney’s Meat Free Mondays movement began and, while we remind you of it with a meatless recipe every week on twitter, I wanted to check in with a reminder about why it is such a good thing to do — for your health, for the environment and most of all, for the animals. Taking a stand, even one as small as this, can make a difference and it shows those around us, our family, our co-workers, our kids and our friends an example of something they will hopefully want to emulate. Continue »
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Has this ever happened to you: you have guests drop in unexpected for dinner and all you have is one lousy chicken breast in the fridge. Or one pork chop. Or maybe one of each. No need to panic. Here is a great idea that is right up there with the miracle of the fishes and the loaves. Schnitzel. What a great way to stretch that single chicken breast into a dinner for four.
It sounds impossible doesn’t it? One chicken breast feeding four people, especially when we’re used to one breast per person as a reasonable portion. Continue »
Family Day is the perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen with your kids. That is one thing that is so important to their future, and I don’t mean that in a haute gourmet snob way, I mean not knowing how to cook is part of the reason why we have frozen dinners and KD. When you don’t know how to cook you don’t buy vegetables or rice or flour — you avoid raw products because you don’t know how to use them. Your cart fills up with processed food and that’s how you feed yourself. It’s unhealthy and it’s bad for the environment and for the local food movement we all believe in and work so hard to push forward. Continue »
I’ve been looking for different ways to use chocolate in the kitchen, I want to learn more than just chocolate chip cookies and molten cake recipes. I had heard that some people put bittersweet chocolate in their chili, something I had never tried. Apparently the earthy bitterness goes really well with beef. I’ve since tried it and been amazed at the beautiful depth of flavour it brings to my chili. Now I’m on a mission to find more fantastic recipes for chocolate in savoury preparations. Continue »