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Gad-zukes!

Aug 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Summer is the season that seems to be the most anticipated and the one that flies by the fastest. My garden works in the same way... everything sprouts and grows and flowers and then all of a sudden I am in a rush to make sure we enjoy it all. Radishes and lettuce first

What makes it all go round

Jul 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

We had our little summer break last weekend and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We ate leisurely meals, we stopped at the side of the road to enjoy the view, we chatted with locals in shops, we danced the night away, we gazed at the stars. It was a truly glorious experience. Now we are back in the h

Be bop, blues and breakfast

Jul 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com Yes, readers, it's that time of year again... I'm off to the good old U.S. of A this weekend for our the annual Wauconda Sock Hop and Antique Car Show. My dance partner and I have become the token Canuck contingent at this little community event, drifting bac

Tastes of summer

Jul 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Every season has its flavours but dining al fresco lends an extra-special air to the tastes of summer. The pleasure of dining outdoors is something we regard as slightly decadent in Canada, what with our cold winters and short summers. Here in the Okanagan we are blesse

As Canadian as...

Jun 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sitting on the edge of summer with our national day of pride upon us, I am reminded of that phrase our neighbours to the south use: “As American as hot dogs and apple pie”. It doesn’t sound like much of a meal, and I am not sure where they cornered the

Daddy's princess

Jun 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Isn't it funny how Mother's Day and Father's Day differ? Everyone seems to think that Mother's Day is about paying Mom back for all the hard work she does, almost a guilt trip as often she is doing more than her share for the whole family. But Dad's Day is a quieter affair; get h

Here comes the sun

Jun 13, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com I was very touched this week, feeling the power of Mother Nature in those times it can make us seem small and insignificant. It happened a few times; once I was left feeling overwhelmed with joy at being able to experience life, another time I felt helpless and asham

Food trivia tidbits

Jun 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com This week my brain is mush, what with the start of the busy summer season and a ridiculous summer cold that I really don't need :) So, I'm regaling you with some water cooler talk, tidbits you can share around the dinner table that will amaze your guests with

Time for dandelions

May 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Phew, I feel better. I was beginning to despair that I would not be enjoying summer enough with all the work we have. But then, for the first time this year I sat outside after work just a short while ago, with my feet propped up and a beverage in my hand, enjoying the

Mediterranean Quinoa

May 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ingredients: 1 cup cooked quinoa 2 cups kale, chopped 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can artichoke hearts, drained 1 chicken breast, diced Half a pepper (any color you like) Half of a zucchini 1/2 cup large onion, diced 8 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup p

Eat your crusts!

May 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do you remember hearing your parents say that when you were young? The rest of the comment was usually reinforced with the fact that there were children starving in Africa. Guess what? There are still children starving in Africa (as well as many other places) and there

Ready, set...go summer!

May 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid I dreaded the May long weekend. It was the time when my mom planted the back yard and vegetable gardens, and my dad made sure the lawn was mowed, and the garage got cleaned up for summer use... it was a weekend for chores. We didn't have a pool or a

Give Mom a break

May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed It's that time of year again when we are all supposed to give Mom a break. Cook a meal, clean the house, walk the dog ... Pitch in a bit extra as a way of saying thank you for all she does. Perhaps too Mother's Day is a chance for the rest of us to walk a mile i

How To Make Hot Sauce

May 4, 2015 / 3:17 pm

Chargrilled tomatoes and fiery red peppers are blended with onions, garlic and lime to create a  sauce that's the perfect accompaniment to meat and fish dishes.

May Day! May Day!

May 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed May 1st has long been known as a day of celebration throughout much of Europe. “May Day” as it is sometimes called, represents the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In ancient times it was known as the first day of summer, the fest

Salmon with Anchovy Butter

Apr 29, 2015 / 11:48 am

Melissa Clark makes salmon with a double application of anchovy butter.

A break, for hot or cold

Apr 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Perhaps it is those ever-cool spring mornings, or my love for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the whole psychology that goes with our coffee culture, and why a simple b

Copycat KFC Fried Chicken

Apr 23, 2015 / 2:31 pm

Check out this homemade KFC fried chicken recipe - finger licking good! 

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:22 pm

Never buy peanut butter again with this easy wok fried recipe.

Noodle Soup

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:42 pm

Here's a simple guide to a delicious Japanese noodle soup with spring onions, shitaki mushrooms and fresh ginger, all topped with a poached egg. Absolutely mouthwatering, and so simple to do at home in under 10 minutes.


Wishful Drinking - Joyce Wegner




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