Curried Carrot Tofu Soup with Scallions

curried carrot soup

Curried Carrot Tofu Soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu and vegetable broth and is easy to make. Healthy Curried Carrot Tofu Soup This is a great soup for vegans.  There are many things that you can substitute for normal diet ingredients to make a recipe suitable…

Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

growing garlic

It seems that I am on a growing from scratch kick today. This time it is a short tutorial on growing ginger.  If you’re looking for an easy plant to grow indoors Ginger is the one for you. Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids. All you need to grow ginger…

Hard Boiled Eggs – Tips and Tricks

Tips and tricks for hard boiled eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs are a favorite of many people but they can be tricky to peel and also to cook so that the yoke is nice and yellow and not greenish.  Here are some cooking tips for perfect hard boiled eggs. Hard Boiled Eggs – Some Helpful Tips Add to the water when you hard…

My Favorite Kitchens – What Neat Places to cook!

I have a tiny kitchen.  It is a galley style.  Not much counter space and a small pantry.  So drooling over pretty kitchens is one of my favorite things to do.   I thought it would be fun to do a page called My Favorite Kitchens.  These are some of my Favorite Kitchens. Perhaps, one day,…

Making Tamarind Paste – Tamarind paste ingredients

Tamarind Paste

Tamarind Paste is one of those ingredients that is necessary for Thai cooking but also one that the average cook does not stock.   Luckily for us, it is easily made with just four common ingredients. This paste is found in Asian food stores and on Amazon. (affiliate link) Unfortunately, unless you have an International store…

Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage hole covers can be a tricky thing to find for your plant pots. Without one, though, the soil will eventually wash through the hole in the bottle and the plant will settle. Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers There are many things that you can use…piece of broken pots, small stones.  One neat trick…

Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

Logs of all types repurposed as planters

Log Planters make use of old fallen logs so they are a great way to recycle.  Plus, with a bit of creativity, you will have a unique garden addition. Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard. They can be very large and take up quite a bit of space, or you can use…

Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are a very healthy vegetable.  They are also very easy to grow, from both seedling or from seeds. But growing sweet potatoes can also be done by using the potato itself. Why does this work? This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado. When the tip of the potato…

Date Bars with Maple Syrup – Hearty Sweet Treat

Date bars with maple syrup

I love recipes that take me back to my childhood.  This is even more important to me now that my mother has passed away.  Anything that reminds me of her is a precious recipe.  These date bars are a recipe that she often made when I was a little girl. Benefits of using dates Dates…

Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – With Vegan Options

stuffed portabella mushrooms

I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. This recipe for Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been adjusted for a meatless diet without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. What are portobello mushrooms? Portobello mushrooms are the fully mature version of cremini mushrooms. a family of…

Welcome to the Gardening Cook

Cottage garden bed with birdbath

Welcome!    Many people talk about gardening on the weekends and cooking during the week.  But for me, gardening and cooking are both week LONG projects.  I could dig in the dirt all day long every day if I had the opportunity.  I am the Gardening Cook. The Gardening Cook Welcomes you I especially love to…