Round table discussions

Dec 6, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: With the volume of news this past week on not only the international state of affairs but also our own country, it seemed a bit odd to me to discuss the simple issue of food. Something that occurred to me was that I have been reading a great book lately that tells the story of a family th

Gastro Sexual

Nov 22, 2008 / 1:00 pm

He Says: This past week I heard the funniest term on the radio. A guy being interviewed about his skills with the ladies in the kitchen mentioned it. Originating from England, it represents a new trend for men that is appearing all over the world including our peaceful Canada. Gastro Sexual Men h

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Nov 15, 2008 / 1:33 pm

Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is snow on the hills it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know that some stores have had items for sale for almost a month now but I really do think that even a die-hard Yuletide fan knows they need to pace

More than not forgetting

Nov 10, 2008 / 5:00 am

On Tuesday, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we will be asked to remember those who have served our country, past and present. We do this in order that we may enjoy the freedoms we are used to having and in hopes that people in other places may have such freedom also.

The Light Within

Oct 25, 2008 / 10:42 am

She says: The last week or so, walking the dogs in the morning has been an ethereal experience. With the sun rising later we are often out just as dawn breaks, and the first streams of light coming over the hills and across the lake seem to magically bring to life everything in the orchard. It is

Turkey doesn""t spell thanks

Oct 11, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: It is not only the harvest season but also that time of year when we are reminded to give thanks for all that we have. Most of us will be enjoying a turkey feast this weekend as part of the celebrations. However, with all the news of late that seems to spell doom and gloom I wanted to tak

More about Wal-Mart

Oct 4, 2008 / 7:19 am

Every once in while I feel strongly about issues in our community and last week I had one of those days. The article I wrote about small local stores, farming and the impact of the new Wal-Mart has touched a few people and I received a few emails. I thought I would post those emails this week to sho

Big store, big price

Sep 27, 2008 / 5:00 am

We just came back from a visit to the new Wal-Mart. Wow this is one big store with a parking lot that is way too small. I cannot say that I am very proud of our new addition as someone who lives on the Westside. I am a big supporter of small boutiques and small local stores, but like most people if

Who would have thought?

Sep 20, 2008 / 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 harvest. As a result, we are just giving you some interesting (if possibly useless) things to think about. They c

It sticks to your ribs!

Sep 13, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Did you hear that as a kid? Perhaps it was the Scottish heritage on my Mom’s side, but I remember that phrase particularly when dealing with foods that were heavy and often not very flavourful - in other words, the expression was akin to, “It’s good for you” which might as well have meant

A cool breeze

Aug 30, 2008 / 5:00 am

I know that the passage of time seems to accelerate as we get older but this year our summer really was cut short with that cool breeze of autumn. I am sure any day now the birds will start their pilgrimage south. Here we are barely at the end of August and already the ground has cooled and the chil

Ah, the simple life

Aug 16, 2008 / 5:00 am

We went camping last weekend – our yearly trip while Chloae is here – and again as is the tradition, we all enjoyed a few simple days of the simple life. I do like the luxuries too, of course, but sometimes a dose of getting back to basics is just what you need. Maybe having fewer responsibilities

Trying to get unstuck

Aug 8, 2008 / 11:05 am

She says: First of all, I must apologize for our lack of article this past week – we were just too busy in the kitchens (me in ours and Martin all over) to manage to put our fingers to the keyboard. But we were thinking of you! I had sticky preserving projects to do over the last two weeks, and ami

Twist and shout!

Jul 26, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Do you know what last Saturday was? It was the date of the third annual Fabulous 50’s Car Show and Sock Hop in Wauconda! For those of you who are regular readers, that will likely bring back memories of the column we wrote on our visit there last year – it was our favourite weekend from l

Life is a bowl of cherries

Jul 19, 2008 / 8:37 am

She says: Today was a family day and we enjoyed it “to the max”, as we used to say when I was a kid. At one point I looked out the kitchen window and thought, “You can’t ask for much more than this – to be happy and healthy and enjoy some quality time with loved ones”. I might be sounding a bit idy

How time flies

Jul 14, 2008 / 4:30 am

She says: My stepdaughter is having her fifteenth birthday party in Vancouver today. She chose a French theme, complete with wire mannequins stuffed with fresh flowers to give that stylish effect. When I talked to her on the phone she was talking about finding a beret to wear with the dress she had

The Yukons are in town

Jul 5, 2008 / 5:00 am

He says: I don’t know if you have noticed, but the Yukons have arrived! Now before I start let me tell you, I make part of my living serving the Yukons, Escalades and Hummers. Yes I am referring to the nice people of Alberta who come and spend their well-earned oil money here in our beautiful Okana

I am...happy

Jun 28, 2008 / 11:15 am

In recent years we seem to have transcended the stereotype that paints Canadians as almost-like Americans but with a colder climate and a funny accent, thanks in no small part to those beer ads that advertise all the passions Canadians have. All the wonderful pastimes we enjoy are certainly part of

Cool Dads like it hot!

Jun 13, 2008 / 4:30 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 grill master when I was growing up, and Martin has taken things to

The wisdom of Pooh

Jun 7, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Isn’t it funny how some things keep coming back to you throughout your life? I have a good friend who says that life keeps presenting lessons to us until we learn from them as much as sometimes I wish I wouldn’t remember her words, they are true. Times when you do that silly thing you kn