All you need is love

Feb 9, 2008 / 5:00 am

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 right next to it on the calendar, and yet it has become one o

Salt of the earth

Feb 2, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says:   I was reminded recently while talking at the water cooler that the simplest things in life can often be the most important. I am not talking of saving the world with a new message for peace I am speaking of seasoning your food with salt. (Okay, pepper is good too.) Even water with some s

Borrowed traditions

Jan 26, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says:   When it""s cold, comfort food always seems to be the right thing you need something that sticks to your ribs, as my Gramps used to say. Interestingly enough, comfort food seems to transcend traditional and cultural boundaries. You don""t have to be Quebcois to love split pea soup, or Rus

And the loser is...

Jan 19, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Those of you that read our column regularly know that we are home bodies. In the winter we do watch a selection of TV shows with quite a bit of loyalty. One of our favourites is “24”. This past Sunday was to be the big launch of another catastrophic day in the life of Jack Bauer, and I wa


Jan 12, 2008 / 5:00 am

There is a concept in food that has been around for a while, but like most things to do with food, it has become trendy now that someone discovered it and has put a cool name to it. I wanted to share this with you as I thought it was quite funny, and a good example of how to have fun and not take o

What do Chefs eat for lunch?

Jan 5, 2008 / 5:00 am

He says: Someone asked me the other day what do I eat for fast food. While I pride myself on cooking good food at home, I am like everyone else – I have a busy life that sometimes requires finding food without having to cook it myself. When I am working, usually it’s a 12 hour day. Funnily enough,

A new year full of positive thoughts

Dec 29, 2007 / 5:00 am

She says: The start of the New Year is a time when we all try to raise the bar for ourselves and look to aim a bit higher in what we accomplish in life. One of the things I think we sometimes forget in planning these goals is that we need to have time to share our successes with others. It helps us

Good food versus good food

Dec 22, 2007 / 5:00 am

He Says: Recently I cooked for my chiropractor and his staff. I had loads of fun and as expected a few healthy versus tasty questions came up. The health conscious ones were telling me that actually olive oil for cooking is not the best as it burns at a lower temperature and that coconut oil or g

The wonder and magic

Dec 15, 2007 / 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 a smile on your face and a twinkle

It’s a wonderful life

Dec 1, 2007 / 5:00 am

She says: With the snow on the ground it really feels like Christmas is coming, and so I decided it was time to have a peek at some old food magazines and see what might inspire me for a bit of baking this weekend. Nothing fuels the festive spirit like a homemade cookie! As I sat on the floor wi

Isn’t it funny?

Nov 24, 2007 / 5:00 am

Isn’t it funny how things work out? When I was a kid I never would have guessed that I would become a Foodie. We ate simple food, I thought, and my parents told me more than once that we were not rich so I knew I was not destined for a life of caviar and champagne. We did spend a lot of time around


Nov 17, 2007 / 5:00 am

She says: The New Oxford American Dictionary just announced that “locavore” is the word for the year 2007. You may be pleased to know it beat out such rivals as “bacn” (similar to spam in the computer geek world), cougar (brought back in popularity by reality TV), and “upcycling” (turning waste int

The home fires

Nov 10, 2007 / 5:00 am

With Remembrance Day this weekend it seemed appropriate to write something about keeping the home fires burning. It occurred to me this translates into today’s world too, and not just for those with loved ones in a war zone. It is important to remember those who fought for our freedom and way of lif

The little things

Oct 27, 2007 / 5:00 am

Have you ever noticed how situations in your life have a tendency to tip to one end of the scale or the other? Either things will seem to be going really well or there seems to be one thing after another that doesn’t quite go according to plan. I suppose one could argue that this is based on perce

Some of my favourite things

Oct 20, 2007 / 5:00 am

Moving and other things that have happened of late have made me look back and smile at memories I have. Autumn always makes me even more reminiscent than usual (perhaps because I was born this time of year) but not in a melancholy way. I suppose some would say it is overly romantic, but I like to

An apple a day

Oct 13, 2007 / 10:27 am

She says: I had a funny conversation recently with a foodie friend and there were a number of well-known expressions and sentiments we used that were transmitted with the use of food terms. That reaffirmed yet again for me just how much food is a part of our every day lives - in ways we don’t even

Always Thankful

Oct 6, 2007 / 5:00 am

She says: Martin wanted to share a recipe this week that he used while we were in Banff, and that got me thinking about all the places we have been and all the adventures we have had. Thanksgiving has often been a time when we are working, so we have sometimes not had the traditional turkey dinner

Food for the soul

Sep 29, 2007 / 6:00 am

There seemed to be a running theme being suggested to me by the universe so I thought I might comment on it for you, given events from the past week… I read a great article in one of my food magazines this week on “soul food” and Martin and I saw a wonderful film about true love and soul mates. Simo

Know your food

Sep 22, 2007 / 8:00 am

You might think this week that I am espousing the idea of introducing yourself to the vegetables in the supermarket (“How do you do, Mr. Potato Head, my name is Kristin”). Although the idea I want to convey is not as absurd as that, you might think it was from some of the news we hear… I read this i

Putting the “F” back in fruit!

Sep 15, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Okay, so maybe the title this week is a bit obtuse… not my idea but I am going to try and bring you around to the chef’s creative allusion, so bear with me. When the Okanagan was known more for its fruit orchards than its wineries, the technology may have been simpler but the philosophy