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

Special ways to celebrate Spring

Mar 17, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Everyone in the Okanagan has itchy feet, with all this warmer weather and things sprouting up green all over. It’s hard to believe that spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20th. We are fortunate to live in Paradise, aren’t we?

My coffee has a mainstream aftertaste

Mar 10, 2012 / 5:00 am

She says: We talked last week about the idea of food snobs and how the youth of today might be spoiled with all the exotic fusion fare and specialty artisanal products. It seems that perhaps we are just experiencing an evolution. That got me to thinking about the difference between hip underg

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Mar 6, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 5 pork chops 1 cup ketchup 1\2 cup brown sugar 3\4 cup water 1 onion, diced   Preparation: Lightly brown pork chops in a frying pan. Put all ingredients and pork chops into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours

Are you a food snob?

Mar 3, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed She says: I read an article recently in the New York Times that mentioned university students are now checking out the quality of the cafeteria as another way to decide which campus to attend. I know I am getting older when I read that and remember tha

May I have the next plate please?

Feb 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that we are big movie fans. Going to a movie once a week is our “date night”. Both of us spent time working in movie catering too, so we have seen the “smoke and mirrors” it takes to weave the magic on screen. There is n

Fat Tuesday is fine by me!

Feb 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

Isn’t it interesting that the day proceeding the start of Lent is seen in some places as an all-out binge, as if to signify that one should load up to make sure that there are minimal regrets whilst one is supposed to abstain from those excesses in life? Or perhaps the idea was to give you

All you need is love

Feb 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed She says: Okay, I suppose this week’s title is less than subtle, but what do you expect for the most commercialized festive occasion of them all? Valentine’s Day falls in a season full of festivities, with Mardi Gras and Chinese new Year ri

Any excuse to get together

Feb 4, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed I know, you can all hardly wait, as it has finally arrived and soon we will be able to celebrate with the usual food and drink that accompanies the whole event… Did you think I was speaking of the Superbowl? I suppose that could be a reasonable

The Aunt Carol

Jan 28, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: White Iced Tea Polar Ice vodka White wine Frozen whole cranberries Ice cubes Fresh lime Preparation: Mix alcohol in a small glass then add frozen whole cranberries and ice cubes.  Season with fresh lime.  Swirl glass and laugh

Cozy up with dessert

Jan 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

(Photo: Guram Dolenjashvili) The thermometer is telling us we are in the dead of winter. Perhaps it was the void created after the decadence of Christmas, or maybe it was me thinking of dancing penguins and that expanse of polar ice cap, but any way you look at it, we are no

Better Than Chocolate Bars

Jan 17, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 box white cake mix 1 stick butter 1 egg Filling: 12 oz or 1 bag of chocolate chips 1 can sweet condensed milk 4 tablespoons butter   Preparation: Base: Combine first 3 ingredients till crumbly, take about 3/4 of this

Weird and wonderful

Jan 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

  In a world where everything has to be sensational to be noticed, it seems food has fallen prey to that same philosophy. So, to ensure that you can all keep up at the company water cooler, I thought I should let you know of some of the latest news. Prepare to be amazed. Perhaps the

Epiphanies not just while brushing!

Jan 7, 2012 / 5:00 am

  Have you ever heard someone say they “had an epiphany” while brushing their teeth? Well, Wikipedia lists the secular meaning of an epiphany as “the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something… (when someone) has new infor

The wonder and magic

Dec 24, 2011 / 5:00 am

  She says: Well, here we are closer to the big day … more Christmas tree lights are shining through the windows and more snow has fallen. There seems to be a definite movement afoot to get us all in the spirit, don’t you think? I hope this week’s article will put

Gingerbread Waffles with Compote

Dec 21, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Gingerbread Waffles with Apples and Cranberry Compote. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ tsp. salt 1½ teaspoon ground cinna

I know Santa Claus

Dec 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   Okay, have I got your attention? You probably thought the headline for this week’s column was just another ploy but I really do want to talk about the real thing, if you’ll pardon the expression. Santa Claus is an importan

Pudding & Orange Brandy Sauce

Dec 14, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Steamed Christmas Pudding with Orange Brandy Sauce. Ingredients: 1/2 cup soft butter 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs 1 cup peeled grated potato 1 cup peeled grated carrots 1 cup peeled grated apples

Friendship food

Nov 26, 2011 / 5:00 am

  Photo: Contributed   She says: I was in the kitchen at home looking for a treat with my tea and discovered a Baci chocolate, the perfect little nibble. It turned out to be not only a tasty treat but also an inspiration; if you’re not familiar, B

Comfort food in today's world

Nov 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Tuna casserole - a favourite comfort food.   When I was a kid, my favourite comfort food was my Mom’s tuna casserole. It was one of those “soup can” recipes, I think – it had a can of mushroom soup in the sauce part