Mark@CoffeeGeek

With COVID-19 and the whole stay at home thing, I’ve been watching a lot more telly of late, and I discovered two of Jamie Oliver’s shows on CTV Life in Canada: 15 Minute Meals, and 30 Minute Meals. There’s actually quite a lot of good tips in both of those shows for cranking out quality food in short times, but the best thing I learned from the show — by far — is Jamie’s “Cheats Pizza” recipe from one of the 30 minute meal episodes.

The rest of this article has been moved over to my vanity site, Spiffle, which I’ve had online since 1997.

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(for lettuce)

Hydroponically grown “Little Gem” romaine lettuce

I’ve been (trying) to grow lettuce in the winter, in the basement of my 110 year old home, for three winters now. Up until this year, I had very little overall success. This year, I decided to try something different.

In previous years, I tried growing lettuce the traditional way — in soil — and in staged containers. First, little starter plugs, then transplanted to 5" clay pots…

The rest of this article has been moved over to my personal website, Spiffle.com. Please visit if you’d like to read it all.

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“Say, what’s that type of onion there; I don’t recognize it.”

“Well, let me tell you. Plant this onion in an area with good soil that drains well, and then basically ignore it. Come back in 2 to 4 seasons, and your entire area will be filled with them.

“How’s that possible?”

“Because this onion literally will walk across your field as it grows. That’s how.”

That was my introduction to the “Egyptian Walking Onion” when I first spotted the plant at a GardenWorks in Victoria, BC, a year ago. Of course, I didn’t believe the horticulturalist on staff at the time (I should have!), but I was intrigued. I asked him to tell me more.

The rest of this article has been moved to my resurrected vanity blog website, Spiffle. Please take a look at it there.

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Recently, Facebook-owned Instagram changed how their timeline works, with no regard to how it’s product (that’s us, folks — we’re IG’s product) actually uses the service. They introduced a new “algorithm timeline” claiming to show you posts they assume you care most about. Reality is, it’s done 100% for advertisers…

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Nearly 12 years ago, I bought my second Volkswagen; a then brand new 2004 Jetta TDI Diesel Sport Edition (TL:DR — it’s (supposedly) not one of the models caught up in diesel-gate; those are cars from 2006/7 onwards). My first VW was a used Rabbit I briefly owned and drove in Ontario in the late 1980s…

I’ve moved this story over to my revamped and relaunched personal website, Spiffle.com. Please continue reading there.

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Mark@CoffeeGeek

Mark@CoffeeGeek

Hello there. I like espresso. And coffee. And photography. And cocktails. And topical news. And espresso.