Coffee Break

Apr 21, 2007 / 6:00 am

Perhaps it is the slow coming of spring and my need for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the whole psychology that goes with our coffee culture, and why a simple beverag

The Joys of Eating Alone?

Apr 16, 2007 / 10:06 am

Martin is away cooking for friends and family in Montreal this week, so I am writing solo. I am eating solo too, and that prompted me to use that as the topic for this week. Eating alone is something that does not happen too often for most of us. We are by nature a social species and eating is very

April Fool’s Fish

Mar 31, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: This Sunday is April Fool’s Day and I bet you thought we were going to talk about “foolish food” like pigs in a blanket or mud pie (both favourites of mine, by the way)… I thought perhaps instead we would try to instill a bit of serious culture and give you a French recipe that celebrate

Do I Have to Eat That?

Mar 24, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: One of the best things I remember as a kid during Spring Break was the availability of food. Without the regimen of a school schedule, you had the chance to grab snacks and make way-cool stuff for lunch that was not possible on a school day. This of course was especially true if the weath

School Break

Mar 17, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: Last week I gave a cooking class to 10 kids, aged 7 to 11 years old, as part of the after-school program for South Kelowna Elementary School. I introduced them to some exotic fruits and vegetables, and had them taste these foods raw and cooked. Then for kids in the class that could see on

Changing of the Guard

Mar 15, 2007 / 10:24 am

Spring has definitely sprung in our part of the world, and every day there is a new reminder of the splendor to come as the sun shines longer and the air warms on our cheeks. New blades of grass poke through the mulch of last year, and shoots that promise daffodils and tulips show braver every day.

Spring Ahead!

Mar 10, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: This weekend we will be changing our clocks over to Daylight Saving Time, a bit earlier in the year than usual, but I don’t think many of us will begrudge that lost hour of sleep after the colder and snowier winter we had! It started with the railroad companies liking the idea of standar

Why Are Carrots Purple?

Mar 3, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I have been looking at the garden seed catalogues trying to plan out what we will grow this year in our wonderful garden, but it seems every year the dilemma of deciding becomes more difficult. It is bad enough I have to choose between beets and turnips or decide whether the extra space a

The winner is…

Feb 24, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: We talk often about how everyday in life should be enjoyed and it is important to make the most of every moment. Sometimes, this means not taking things too seriously and just having fun, but other times you need to be very serious about how you plan your event. We are that way when it co

Fat Tuesday Is Fine By Me!

Feb 17, 2007 / 6:00 am

Isn’t it interesting that the day proceeding the start of Lent is seen in some places as an all-out binge, as if to signify that one should load up to make sure that there are minimal regrets whilst one is supposed to abstain from those excesses in life? Or perhaps the idea was to give you something

Losing Our Heritage

Feb 14, 2007 / 9:52 am

Last weekend I cooked for a group of 60 people, and one of the things on the menu were Hungarian sausages which I have always bought from Reiner Sausage, the butcher next to Valoroso on Sutherland Avenue. So I showed up on Friday to find out that the couple that had owned and operated the shop for

Expensive Food Can Be Fun!

Feb 10, 2007 / 6:00 am

He Says: Nothing against our good Canadian Alberta beef, but I had the chance to cook some Kobe Beef last weekend and I have to say it was a fun experience. The whole experience reminded me of the first time I cooked with fresh truffle mushrooms some 17 years ago. My chef was watching me like a haw

Any Excuse to Get Together

Feb 3, 2007 / 6:00 am

I know, you can all hardly wait, as it has finally arrived and soon we will be able to celebrate with the usual food and drink that accompanies the whole event… Did you think I was speaking of the Superbowl? I suppose that could be a reasonable assumption, but I was actually thinking of that other

Comfort Foods

Jan 27, 2007 / 6:00 am

Let’s Hear it for Comfort Food! As I write this, Martin is making one of his cherished grilled cheese sandwiches, using an old iron to ensure the bread gets good and crispy (not to worry, it is the cast iron variety, not the electric kind.) It made me think about comfort food and all its traditions

Lose Weight and Eat Good Food

Jan 20, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I guess I am rocking the boat here, but that is a boring title. Hopefully you enjoy our column enough on a regular basis that you are still reading, even though the creativity in this week’s headline is akin to the filling in a Twinkie. But I suppose that is perhaps the point. Martin appea

Winter Desserts

Jan 13, 2007 / 6:00 am

The thermometer is telling us we are in the dead of winter. Perhaps it was the void created after the decadence of Christmas, or maybe it was those darn dancing penguins and that expanse of polar ice cap, but any way you look at it, we are not enjoying global warming in our neck of the woods. Where

Eat your veggies, Tommy!

Jan 6, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: For many years our parents cooked chicken, pork and beef so well-done that you could barely recognize which kind of meat it was by the time you ate it. Our parents were afraid of poisoning themselves with medium rare pork roast. Never in my whole life as a kid did my parents warn me about s

Love What You Eat

Dec 30, 2006 / 6:00 am

This is the time of year when everyone starts to feel guilty about the pleasures they have enjoyed (and yes, perhaps overindulged in) and so they make New Year’s Resolutions and try to repent with diets and fasts and plans to not eat as much of that rich stuff. I am not here to say you shouldn’t be

Why Christmas Food?

Dec 23, 2006 / 6:00 am

He Says: I have managed to avoid Christmas turkey cooking one more time. At our house it’s going to be goose or duck. Since I spend my days thinking about other people’s dinners, I have not decided on how to prepare my Christmas bird just yet. It’s probably going to be simple due to the fact that m

Exciting Lunch

Dec 9, 2006 / 6:00 am

Who knew lunch could be so exciting? Julia Child said it best, I think, when she spoke of the North American philosophy of eating versus that of Europeans: it is a truck stop, not a way of life. Since I am one of those people who live to eat (definitely leaning more to the European side of things…)