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The dog days of summer

Aug 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have just been through the hottest part of the year, known from ancient times as "the dog days of summer" in honour of Sirius, the Dog Star. It is the brightest star in the sky, so bright that people thought it added to the heat of the season. In July and A

Etiquette - it's not about being a jerk

Aug 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed In the last week I've seen three articles on "what not to do" when dining out, and that made me think... have we really become so self-centered that we don't realize when we are being unreasonable? Since in today's world so many kinds of behaviour

Stop and smell the flowers

Aug 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm sorry there is no column for these first two weeks of August. I just ran out of time. Summer is the very busy work season for Martin and I, and I couldn't squeeze in any more activities after the catering work and the WOW service work and the laundry and ten

Does there have to be an app for that?

Jul 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

When I was young my parents talked about how life was simpler when they were kids. They bemoaned the fact that life was so busy. I remember cartoons that touted the advent of inventions that would make life easy again - you know, like the moving sidewalks and fancy appliances the Jetsons had in thei

Rock around the clock

Jul 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

Martin and I are headed across the border this weekend for our yearly visit to the hamlet of Wauconda, Washington. If you are a regular reader you'll know that our trip to the Fabulous 50's Sock Hop and Vintage Car Show at the Wauconda Community Hall has become a staple of our summer. We go

Is there such a thing as adult food?

Jul 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

This past week my stepdaughter turned 21, and that made me think... Martin and I shared many memories with her growing up that centered around the dinner table. As I pondered the poignancy of “coming of age”, it occurred to me that the traditions around such celebrations are more about t

Too much of a good thing?

Jul 5, 2014 / 5:00 am

Food has become a trendy topic. We have a TV network dedicated to it. Dining is trendy too, with endless possibilities for table décor and ambience, whether you eat in or out. There truly is something for everybody. Of course, like most things, we tend to all jump on the same bandwagon, and s

Midsummer madness

Jun 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

This Saturday, June 21, is the summer solstice, also known as Midsummer. In Canada summer is a hallowed season, one we all anticipate with great joy and revel in once it officially arrives. In the Okanagan we are perhaps the most spoiled of the regions with our milder climate but even here everyone

Good food, good friends

Jun 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

This past week I was lucky enough to catch up with one of my dearest friends in Vancouver. Merle lives in England, but her husband Vic was coming for a conference and the wives were all going to be in attendance as well. It was the perfect opportunity for us to spend a few days together and then hav

Chickens don't have fingers, do they?

Jun 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

She says: As summer is fast approaching and the kids are released from school soon, it makes me think of all that time I remember as a kid myself, loose in front of the family fridge…what, I wondered, do most kids eat through the summer in today’s world? Photo: Contributed

One Big Table - S.2 - E.5 - Asparagus Pesto

Jun 4, 2014 / 2:07 pm

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Spicy Potato Breakfast Pancakes - Gordon Ramsay

May 31, 2014 / 11:28 pm

A spiced pancake batter filled with a delicious potato filling. A spicy, savoury breakfast dish inspired by the flavours of India.

Cheesy Corn Snack

May 31, 2014 / 11:20 pm

Lucinda's homemade version of the store-bought popcorn snack.

The Wisdom of Pooh

May 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

Isn’t it funny how some things keep coming back to you throughout your life? I have a good friend who says that life keeps presenting lessons to us until we learn from them; as much as sometimes I wish I wouldn’t remember her words, they are true. Times when you do that silly thing you k

Grilled Grilled Cheese

May 29, 2014 / 2:42 pm

Not just a grilled cheese sandwich, but a grilled, grilled cheese sandwich.

DJ BBQ's Philly Cheese Steak

May 26, 2014 / 3:52 pm

DJ BBQ delivers his version of an East Coast Classic: Philadelphia's iconic street food - the Cheesesteak. Pan fried strips of flank steak, onions, mushrooms, cheese and a dash of mayo.

Summer Coleslaw

May 26, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Just in time for summer! A quick and easy coleslaw recipe you're sure to enjoy.

'Milk' and Cookie Shots

May 26, 2014 / 3:40 pm

Warm cookies and a glass of milk, but they've swapped the milk for ice cream and mixed up the flavours! Enjoy!

Highs and lows

May 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

When Martin’s daughter was little, we used to have a tradition at the dinner table called, “Highs and Lows”. It was about the moments in your day that stuck out on either end of the scale, and it was mostly really about quality time and knowing what mattered. One of the interesting

Ready, set - go!

May 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I spent an evening unpacking my summer clothes, as the rain pitter-patted on the windowpanes. I made porridge for breakfast, swearing to not eat the stuff again until the snow flies. And I am determined to finally plant my tomato seedlings outside in the garden. Time’s up, Mother Nat

Wishful Drinking - Joyce Wegner