Fall fairies

Sep 18, 2010 / 5:00 am

I love fall, but I have to admit this year it has come a bit early for my liking. It seems too fast that I am getting up in the dark again and thinking of wearing long pants and sweaters. It’s chilly on my scooter in the mornings now with the bare legs of summer! When the pears arrive at the market

BBQ recap

Sep 11, 2010 / 5:00 am

He says: Well, 13th overall was the result from competition last weekend - BBQ on the Bow in Calgary. We managed a 2nd place finish on ribs (2 points away from first) and a 4th place for pork butt (1 point away from second place). For people who have no idea what this barbecue competing stuff is l

Go Roxy!

Sep 4, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: We are off to Calgary for the “BBQ on the Bow” competition. This is the largest BBQ contest in Canada, and I think the oldest too, at 18 years. Martin and his Taboo BBQ teammates will form a convoy through the Rockies, with the Roxy rig in tow to prepare the beef brisket, pork butt, chick

Dog star

Aug 28, 2010 / 5:00 am

The hottest days of summer are often referred to as “the dog days” this is because the dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun at this time of year. It is the brightest star in the sky, you see, and in ancient times they thought its heat added to that of the sun and that was why it got so hot

Branded food

Aug 21, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: When I was a kid there were lots of foods that you couldn’t get everywhere. I am not just talking about persimmons and star fruit, there were famous foods you couldn’t get, too. I only tasted Dr. Pepper and Babe Ruth chocolate bars when I attended basketball camp in Washington state, acro

Support your local...

Aug 14, 2010 / 5:00 am

In an age where we seem to want to have our cake and eat it too, I am going to talk about the side that offers some nostalgia and a sense of community. I won’t say boycott the big box stores or swear to eat organic from here on out, but I hope at least these ideas will help you consider some fun alt

How to attract friends

Aug 7, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: You know how sometimes when you try and plan a dinner party, it can turn into a nightmare? “Ralph only eats meat and potatoes, and his wife, Wilhemina, is vegan,” says your partner as you make up the proposed guest list. You HAVE to invite them, because they invited you over and you owe

American Summer

Jul 24, 2010 / 5:00 am

This past weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to Wauconda, Washington for the Car Show and Sock Hop Dance. It is a good old-fashioned bit of fun, complete with kids of all ages and lots of smiles. Those of you who are regular readers will remember this is a highlight of our summer. Yet again this

Random thoughts

Jul 17, 2010 / 5:00 am

I read an interesting article in the latest National Geographic about the famous “five second rule” being defunct germs are everywhere and they say you shouldn’t share a cup or a straw or anything. Although interesting that was no fun as a topic. I think I’ll take my chances with my five seconds, at

A whole decade of food and drink

Jul 6, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: Last weekend Martin and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. In reflecting upon that time, we have remembered that lots got accomplished in that decade of living together. That, and we had lots of great meals! If you will allow me a little indulgence, I shall share some of our favo

Who would have thought?

Jun 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

You will have to forgive us the frivolity of this week’s column if you feel it is a bit over the top… you see, we are both a bit overwhelmed by the work of summer and the ensuing work of harvesting our results. As a result, we are just giving you some interesting (if possibly useless) things to thin

Cool Dads like it hot!

Jun 19, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: With Father’s Day this weekend, it seemed the perfect thing to write an ode to the barbecue. Certainly in this part of the world anyway, Dads are generally the ones who own the grill in most houses. I know my Dad was the grillmaster when I was growing up, and Martin has taken things to a

Smokin’ weekend

Jun 17, 2010 / 5:00 am

Our first competition of the season is just around the corner. This Sunday we will try our best to make Kelowna proud and win for the first time. We have got close for the last 3 years, but this year we are confident, this is it! I thought I would share with you a marinade that we will most likely

Office treats

Jun 5, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: Did you know that if you place a candy dish at your desk you are more likely to get a promotion? I know, it sounds hokey, but someone actually did a study and found that the odds are really in your favour. For the cost of a few bags of Werther’s, it’s probably worth it. However, there is

Time""s up

May 29, 2010 / 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 Nature –

Summer plans

May 15, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: I am looking forward to making the most of my summer for the first time in a few years. My new office has a glorious view of the lake and Little White, and seeing that in the sunshine makes working in the summer season look nicer already. But that is only a part of what I have planned… I

To Mumsy, with love from Clumsy

May 8, 2010 / 5:00 am

That’s how one of my early Mother’s Day cards read… and it has become a joke with my Mom and I my whole life to date. With Mom’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would remark on how much Moms help us get over those parts of ourselves that we think aren’t so great. Moms are the ones who show us thos

May Day, May Day!

May 1, 2010 / 5:00 am

She says: 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 flowers,

Do you have to eat dirt on Earth Day?

Apr 17, 2010 / 5:00 am

The news is full of items on all the trends about food and eating – Slow Food, the Food Revolution, the 100 Mile Diet – but does any of it really make a difference? I mean really, in the grand scheme of things is it better if I support the local farmer who is trying to grow something here instead of

Jamie Oliver’s new show

Mar 27, 2010 / 5:00 am

The other night I watched the new Jamie Oliver TV show on ABC (Friday nights) about food in school and I thought I would give you my two cents on that theme. First of all, when I was a kid we were going to school barefoot in the snow up hill both ways… no really, when I was a kid life seemed way si