Moblogs – the Precursor to Instagram

Anyone out there remember moblogs? It was a new service in 2003 provided by a company called TextAmerica that allowed you to upload, directly from your camera phone or mobile device, a photo that would be hosted on a website. All your photos would be hosted, one after the other. You could design the landing […]

Food Hack: Campbells Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup Hack

We do things a bit differently here at Spiffle! Where most blogs about food go into a long, rambly personal history with the product or dish, I’m going to save that for after the recipe, which we’re going to dive into right away. Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup Upgrade This upgrade on a condensed can of […]

Canned and Packaged Food Hacks

Soup Hack

At our home, we try to avoid processed foods where we can. When we can’t (or have childhood memories for certain food types: for me, it’s things like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Condensed Soup), I use my interest in understanding how food (and coffee works) to improve a product. I have several go tos, including the […]

Previous Versions of my Websites!

I initially wrote this way back in 2001; I’m updating it so it’s a more recent post on the new Spiffle website as of 2021. I’ve been on the Internet since 1994, and I have almost every design, every experiment, every goof, every thought, heck, every little bit of html code I ever generated for […]

Adventures in Hydroponics

Hydroponic lettuce

(for lettuce) (this article was originally posted on Medium last winter). I’ve been (trying) to grow lettuce in the winter, in the basement of my 112 year old home, for three winters now. Up until this year, I had very little overall success. This past year, I decided to try something different. In previous years, […]

British Columbia Restart Plan – COVID-19

Today, the government of British Columbia and the public health authority came out with a definitive restart plan for our province, coming out of the COVID 19 pandemic. I’ve been mostly thankful, and sometimes critical of how things are managed in British Columbia during the global pandemic. I think the authorities had the luck of […]

Microgreens – a Primer

microgreens

For several years now, I’ve been thinking about growing microgreens at home. I have been buying them for about a decade at the fruit and veg stores, dropping $5-$7 for a paltry 100-150g of them, at least once a week because I like them so much as my “green” choice on… everything. Burgers. Sandwiches. Pizza. […]

Chilean Guava – Ugni Molinae

One of the reasons I garden for food production is I can grow things you simply cannot find in any fruit and veg store locally. One of those things I’ve chosen to grow is a plant called, in latin, Ugni Molinae; it’s more commonly known as Chilean Guava. It’s much more popular in Britain than […]

Egyptian Walking Onions

“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 […]

CHEATS Pizza, Improved

Cheats Pizza

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 […]