Changing Gears

Oct 14, 2006 / 6:00 am

I have now unpacked my wool sweaters and long pants, and tucked away the flip flops and flimsy sundresses. The tender plants in the garden have been brought in or covered with mulch and the patio chairs are stacked up. And with most of the lettuce gone from the garden, I donít seem to feel like sala

Fairytale Season

Oct 7, 2006 / 6:00 am

It seems to me that autumn must be the season when fairytales take place, as there is something other-worldly about the light and the smell in the air at this time of year. I am an ardent fan of summer and its comfortable heat, and I also enjoy the clean majestic look of a winter landscape, but neit

Italian Pizza

Sep 30, 2006 / 6:00 am

Rustic Italian Pizza - what a joke! I rarely go eat a casual meal in a restaurant, not because I donít like to have someone cook a meal for me, but more because I am often disappointed with the poor quality in most casual restaurants. Yesterday it was one of those days where 24 hours was not enoug

Wild Mushrooms

Sep 16, 2006 / 6:00 am

Wild Mushrooms - magic or not! Ever since I started as a cook 21 years ago I have been an avid mushroom hunter. BC has an amazing array of edible mushrooms and I take advantage of them every fall. Last weekend Kristin and I went to pick lobster mushrooms 20 km from Revelstoke. We left on Saturday

Cool School Lunches

Sep 9, 2006 / 6:00 am

How to have your kids thank you for a cool school lunch. Most of us remember a moment in the school cafeteria when the unveiling of our bag lunch was less than desirable. Sometimes it was only that the apple was dropped on top of the sandwich, but maybe it was as bad as being given pistachio puddin

You say tomato, I say tomato

Aug 26, 2006 / 6:00 am

Itís that time of the year again - tomatoes galore! We are really into eating from scratch, with the main reason being chemical free meals. Not only is it more healthy, but there are better flavours with fresh food prepared from scratch. If we are going to have salad we will make salad dressing ins

Respect Your Food

Aug 19, 2006 / 6:00 am

In an age when respect has become something that is not as common as it used to be, I thought perhaps that starting with food might help us all remember the importance of the general concept. If you respect your food, you will be thinking of how to eat it at its peak. You will treat it as you would

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Aug 12, 2006 / 6:00 am

The heat is holding and summer is still with us, but the ads are out for school supplies and the mornings are cooler now. In an effort to preserve the feeling of summer, we have given you some recipes for ice cream this week. If you donít have an ice cream machine, perhaps an evening with the kids m

My Dad The Chef!

Aug 5, 2006 / 5:30 am

Spanokopita? Rotisserie Chicken? Parsley & Green Olive remoulade with fresh pink Salmon? You might be wondering what all of these things have in common with each otherÖ they were all made for me by my dad. Instead of my dad writing something this week about food or wine I am going to be writing a sm

Salad Days

Jul 31, 2006 / 8:53 am

It seems I often get my best inspiration early in the mornings, and one of my favourite places to be at that time is in the garden. (Besides, itís much cooler then!) As I was thinning carrots this week, I was inspired to try some new salad ideas and so I thought I would share those with you. When th

Art Of Picnicking

Jul 22, 2006 / 5:30 am

The art of picnicking is one that requires very little expertise, but a great deal of enthusiasm. A successful picnic may be one that involves numerous bugs, howling winds, sand in your sandwiches or even a thunderstorm. That is all part of the fun, but that is in fact the secret. For all the planni

Cooking On A Spit

Jul 15, 2006 / 6:00 am

The ancient art of cooking on a spitÖ Yes, I am a fan of BBQ food, and yes I do understand that it can take a few summer months to become a master of fire and meat. I am willing to take the right amount of time to create the right meal, as it is not every night that I want grilled meat. The rotisse

Dog Days Of Summer

Jul 8, 2006 / 5:30 am

They have begunÖ the dog days of summer started on Monday. It is that time of year when the essence of summer oozes out everywhere Ė people wear flip flops and beach clothes almost any place they go, pools and beaches are packed with sun worshippers, and patios are crammed full of folks drinking and

Life after German Potato Salad

Jul 1, 2006 / 5:30 am

I have nothing against German potato salad, but I like to have variety in my life. That traditional creamy concoction made with boiled potatoes has its place but on days when the thermostat is about to blow its top, something more refreshing seems more fitting. The potatoes for these recipes are roa

Artichoke Dip

Jun 24, 2006 / 5:30 am

I came home from work a bit peckish last night and so I was rummaging through the fridge for a wee snack. Lo and behold, there was a ramekin full of a dip that Chef Martin was testing for a summer menu! I grabbed some tortilla chips and a glass of wine and sat down to relax. Well, I must admit I am

Essence of Fatherís Day

Jun 17, 2006 / 5:30 am

When I was a kid, Fatherís Day was a bit more traditional, as back then Dads did more traditional things and more often than not, Dads lived at the same home as the rest of the family. Nowadays, things have quite a few variations and Dads come in all varieties too! As a result, Fatherís Day is a mor

Summer Explosion

May 20, 2006 / 5:00 am

Every season has its flavours,, and with summer arriving overnight in the last week or so, all of a sudden we are all searching for the tastes that go with the heat. As I rode home from work on my bike the other day, I tried to think of what we would have for dinner, but was distracted by the inten

Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 2006 / 5:30 am

People ask me all the time for recipes, and often my answer is, ďWhen you canít come up with anything, just make vinaigrette or salsaĒ. Whether you are making beef, chicken, pork, game or fish, salsa is always fun, colorful and tastyÖ This week, in order of the famous day celebrating Mexicoís indep

Italian Meal

Apr 29, 2006 / 5:30 am

Last weekend I was hired by an Italian family for a 25th anniversaryÖ imagine 35 people in someoneís home! I donít get nervous when I cook for people, but this one got to me as it was an important event in their life. Not to mention that it was like having 35 food critics for dinner all at once. I

Buy Local Products

Apr 15, 2006 / 5:30 am

The Farmerís market is now open, and every farmer is waiting for you! If you watch the news once in while, you will notice that the whole world seems to be in chaos except Canada! We are so lucky to live in a country that breathes peace and respect. We are also very lucky to have people that farm o