Friday night bistro

Oct 27, 2009 / 5:00 am

I have been thinking about my Dad a lot lately he died two years ago this week and he was one of my favourite foodie companions. I thought in honour of him I would share with you some of our favourite food memories together. I became an adventurous eater at an early age, in part because I was hungr

Food with a sense of humour

Oct 17, 2009 / 5:00 am

I was musing on what to write about this week, and as I sometimes do I scanned the Dining Section of the New York Times to see what foodie topics made headlines this week. My curiosity was definitely piqued when I saw, “When the Icing on the Cake Spells Disaster”, about a new book on the market call

The Okanagan is losing a voice

Oct 10, 2009 / 5:00 am

When a corporation the size of CanWest Media decides to close down TV stations just because they could not manage their cash flow properly and they suddenly need cash, something should be done. Last year we saw the greed of the financial world causing a world wide recession and we saw companies that

Preserving sunshine

Oct 3, 2009 / 5:00 am

I can’t believe it is October already. I wasn’t ready to stop eating peaches or plums, and I haven’t made all my jam yet, and the pears are ripening faster than I can poach them for my Christmas hamper gifts. One of the things I love about autumn is preserving summer’s goodness with home canning, bu

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 26, 2009 / 5:00 am

We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we diligently put them in the fridge for later use they end up growing legs and coming out to greet us much later. This is unfortunately a sign of the bounty we live with and I have to admit I for one dislike the wasting of

Food, drink and books

Sep 19, 2009 / 5:00 am

I am hosting my book club this Friday, and I am so excited. Not because of the book, but because I get to see a bunch of ladies whose company I thoroughly enjoy and because we get to share some wonderful bites of food and sips of wine together. Truth be told, often there are some of us who don’t get

The Okanagan at its finest!

Sep 12, 2009 / 5:00 am

She says: When the Okanagan was known more for its fruit orchards than its wineries, the technology may have been simpler but the philosophy was much the same – the key to success is in marketing a product that the consumers can identify as special, treated with care. Nowadays they seem to want to

Shifting gears

Sep 5, 2009 / 5:00 am

It’s happened again. I wasn’t paying attention and it snuck up on me. Just when I was getting into the groove, too… You know what I mean, I am sure. I am talking about the ominous turn of the calendar page. It is September. Summer is over. Even though I have put it down on the screen I still have n

Friendship recipes

Aug 29, 2009 / 5:00 am

I was inspired this week by two e-mails we received which were definite foodie fodder...they were a sort of edible chain letter and they made me think about the traditions of food with friendship. The e-mails we got were ones I bet you have seen. The first one was for the infamous Neiman Marcus coo

Fun Foods from A to Z

Aug 15, 2009 / 5:00 am

I have been reading the latest work by one of my favourite authors, and it inspired me to think of this week’s column. I love being a foodie these days, as it has become a cool thing to be, but not in a snobbish way. People are enamoured with Julia Child and her love of food and cooking blogs abound

Marshmallows in the Firelight

Aug 10, 2009 / 9:00 am

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I realize that it is illegal to have a campfire in our province at the moment. This week’s column is definitely not meant to encourage campfires in a summer when fires of any kind are not welcome. It is simply reminiscing. I would hope that anyone entertaining the idea of a fire would

The good life

Jul 25, 2009 / 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. We get a real sense of community in Wauconda, of people helping people enjoy everyday life. We have

Is there such a thing as adult food?

Jul 18, 2009 / 5:00 am

This past week my stepdaughter turned 16, and she had a Sweet Sixteen party. Martin surprised her at the party and was able to secure a father-daughter dance, one of those traditional memories that will stay with her for life. As I pondered the poignancy of that it occurred to me that for all the de

Soul Food

Jun 27, 2009 / 7:50 am

Some things really do get better with age, and I have to say that an old friendship is my favourite of them all. There is nothing better than sharing time, or better yet food and drink, with old friends as you catch up and soak in the comfort that comes from being with someone who knows you. Touchin

What kids will eat and what they won""t

Jun 20, 2009 / 11:52 am

There is lots of talk about all the processed food we eat and how it may affect our systems, possibly working against our immune systems and certainly being less nutritious than the more natural foods of the past. I was on a Girl Guide trip last weekend and I was struck by what the kids ate (and did

In the nick of time

Jun 6, 2009 / 5:00 am

Okay, all is forgiven. For the first time this year I sat outside after work just a short while ago, with my feet propped up and a beverage in my hand, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face. I feel as though I can breathe easy again, knowing summer is coming after all and everything will be all

Pleasures of the Okanagan

May 16, 2009 / 5:00 am

It’s that time again - the famous Okanagan summer is just around the corner. It seems everything that people love and often choose to move to the Okanagan for is connected to the summer weather. We moved here five years ago and we are not going anywhere. We fell in love with the Okanagan easily bec

Mayday, May Day!

May 2, 2009 / 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

It""s not all about the pickle

Mar 28, 2009 / 5:00 am

When I was little, my Dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger, and although he did make a mean burger with special spices and just the right amount of charring on the grill, some of the reason for that great taste was the toppings. We had garden lettuce, and homemad

Recession Food

Mar 7, 2009 / 10:19 am

Although I still consider myself fairly young in the grand scheme of things, I have seen what kind of devastation a recession can do to restaurants. In times of hardship people watch where they spend money and they look for great value. The feeling I get right now is that things in Canada are not a