Enrico Pinot Grigio 2010

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

          ENRICO WINERY Pinot Grigio 2010, Vancouver Island, BC $17 The pinot gris grapes are estate grown. Pale straw in colour and the nose has gentle aromas of pear, flowers, honey and a subtle minerality. The wine has

Moobery Raspberry NV

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        MOOBERY WINERY Raspberry NV, Vancouver Island, BC  $19 Morningstar Farm in Parksville is home to MooBerry Winery and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. This bright translucent red, light bodied fruit wine captures the essence

Enrico Syrah 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        ENRICO WINERY Syrah 2008, Vancouver Island, BC  $19.50 Although Enrico Winery is located near Mill Bay on southern Vancouver Island, the syrah grapes were grown in the sunny Okanagan Valley. The wine is medium-bodied wit

Merridale Somerset Cider 2006

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

      MERRIDALE ESTATE CIDERY Somerset Cider 2006, Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, BC $20 A selection of ten different cider-apple varieties are grown to produce these exceptional ciders. They include Tremlett’s Bitter, Hauxapfel and Mic

Averill Creek Pinot Noir 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Noir 2008, Vancouver Island,BC $26 Situated in the Cowichan Valley the nose of this estate grown pinot is brimming with cherries, leather, violets, smoky charcoal, and stewed prunes. The colour

Road 13 Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

  Photo: Contributed     ROAD 13 VINEYARDS Sparkling Chenin Blank 2008, Okanagan Valley, BC $35 This lively bottle of fermented sparkling wine made in the traditional French champagne method is indeed a celebration in a bottle and perfect for

Averill Creek Pinot Gris 2009

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Gris 2009, Vancouver Island, BC  $20 Pale golden straw colour with the aromas of honey, tinned pineapple, hints of turpene, seasoned hay, and ripe melon. Barrel fermented and aged on the lee

Are you my Mother?

May 12, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed With Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, I was remembering times with my Mom and thinking of all the things I loved. I will admit here that I was most fortunate as my Mom loved being a Mom and she was able to stay home while my brother and I were s

A rainbow garden

May 5, 2012 / 5:00 am

I have been looking at the garden seed catalogues trying to plan out what we will grow this year in our wonderful garden, but it seems every year the dilemma of deciding becomes more difficult. It is bad enough I have to choose between beets and turnips or decide whether the extra space at the ba

MayDay, May Day!

Apr 28, 2012 / 5:00 am

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 festival of the goddess of flow

Love thy planet

Apr 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sunday is Earth Day. I know we just had Earth Hour, and you just did spring cleaning and recycled and you’re feeling like it never quits… well, you’re right, it doesn’t. We are the stewards of this place, and just like the dust bun

Coffee break

Apr 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Whichever way you like your coffee, enjoy the time away from the hustle and bustle as you sip. I’m the sort of person that is always curious about how things started, or who had the original idea for an iconic symbol or trend. One pastime tha

Beets and Blackberry Sauce

Apr 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: For the beetroot: baby beetroot 300 g, unpeeled unsalted butter 30 g vinegar 1 tbsp sea salt fresh herbs sprigs of thyme, lemon thyme, sage or other aromatic herbs   For the blackberry sauce: 250 g dried or freeze-dried blac

Chicks, bunnies & tulips, oh my!

Apr 7, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed She says: Well, here we are, already at Easter. It’s good to know that spring is under way, and I feel like it’s time to celebrate and let loose. I watch my dogs get spring scents in their nostrils and their tails perk up, like they have in

Skor Bites

Apr 5, 2012 / 6:00 am

Ingredients: 1 can Eagle brand condensed milk 1 box Ritz crackers, crushed 1 bag Skor bits   Preparation: Heat oven to 425.  Grease 8 x 8 pan.  In bowl, mix Skor bits, Eagle brand milk and Ritz crackers.  Mix well. Spread in greased 8 x 8 pan

Foolish food

Mar 31, 2012 / 5:00 am

She Says: April Fool’s Day is coming up this week, and so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. Perhaps that is in part due to spring seeming to be ahead of itself this year, what with Easter coming and the weather being so topsy-turvy – snow in the morning

Gluten Free Holiday Stuffing

Mar 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 large bag of gluten-free bread cubes (in the freezer section of your health food store). This is equals 2 loaves of GF bread. 4-5 stocks of celery, small dice 1 medium onion, small dice 2 tbsp of coconut oil (veg oil or butter) 1/2 cup cooked wild ri

Crack Bread

Mar 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ingredients: 1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread (round is preferable) Cheddar cheese, grated Real Bacon bits 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix   Preparation: Using a sharp bread knife, cut the

Spring has sprung

Mar 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Okay, it’s official. The pussywillows are out, the grass is getting greener and soon the Easter Bunny will hopping down the trail. Snowy mornings frustrate us because now we have itchy feet and want it all to explode into the full wonder of what will

Grommet Apple Compote

Mar 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 6 apples 2 tbsp The Allergic Chef's Grommet Poultry Seasoning 1 medium onion 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp of butter or non-dairy butter Salt and pepper to taste   Preparation: Peel