From dirt to dinner

Aug 6, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With agri-tourism, the opportunity to enjoy fresh food has expanded from the dinner table to the farm. The line of cars at the end of our road gets longer every year with people stopping to pick fruit off the trees. And it’s not enough to have a picnic, nu

A taste of America

Jul 31, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Last weekend was our change of scenery and pace; we drove down to Washington State. We had no real agenda aside from the fact that we wanted to attend a sock-hop dance in Wauconda, population a hand full, and then on to Winthrop for some blues music, population a few

Sock-hop memories

Jul 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We're off on our yearly trip to a sock hop and vintage car show in Washington. It's a taste of years gone by, back to even before what it was like when I was a kid. Martin and I are now recognized at the sock hop. The locals at first ju

Forbidden pleasure

Jul 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever had too much of a good thing? You know, when you overindulged or expected too much and someone inevitably tells you that’s what you’ve had, like an I-told-you-so comment? Well, this week, I was prepared to test that theory when our c

National Jam Buster Day?

Jun 25, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was thinking about Canada Day coming up, and celebrating our culture, and it occurred to me that there are lots of food days for celebrating too. (Did you know that there is a Tapioca Day, Bologna Day and even Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbour’s Porch N

Make List. Do. Repeat

Jun 18, 2016 / 7:00 am

  Photo: Contributed So many things to do, all summer to do them Life is busy. We all complain about not having enough time to do the things we want. How do we fix that? It’s like the Nike folks said, “Just do it.” This week, I am urging you, make time to e

Cooking for dad

Jun 11, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Contributed Father's Day is fast approaching, and they say that the fastest way to a man's heart is through his tummy, so cooking seems like a good idea, don't you think? What does your dad like to eat? Does he like to cook? Taking mom for brunch or for dinner on Mot

A recipe for friendship

Jun 4, 2016 / 8:00 am

Photo: Contributed I am off to Vancouver this week to see a friend who lives across the world. We've been friends since I was 19 years old. I am a godmother to her daughter; she and her daughter were in my bridal party.  Martin cooked some of the food for her 25th wedding anni

Gizmos, gadgets for foodies

May 29, 2016 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed It never ceases to amaze me how many things can be invented that claim to make our lives easier. The plethora of gadgets you can own is only limited by the space you have. You might never have made smoothies before, but that doesn't mean you don't need a

Rainy day eats and treats

May 21, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise What is it about the Victoria Day long weekend?! Every year we all get excited, planning a day in the garden or out on the boat, a big camping trip or a family BBQ... and what happens? The clouds roll in, the wind blows and the rain starts. What a bummer,

Planting & eating a rainbow

May 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed If you are like me, this time of year you have an uncontrollable urge to have things growing at your house. We have all kinds of garden space and a little greenhouse so I could be called a bit obsessive about my green hobby, but even if you only plant a few boxes or con

Drink it. Bake it.

May 8, 2016 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Jo Slade There’s NO chocolate back here. Trust me. Our guest writer today is Heather Slade, who, when not working her butt off managing dental offices, or boy-child parenting, or complaining about the state of the world, or getting lost in science fiction novels, can be fo

Running hot and cold

May 7, 2016 / 12:49 pm

Photo: A Bedov Mmmmmm, coffee Perhaps it is my need to stay energetic in this busy early spring, but I have been thinking a lot lately about coffee. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, it led me to thinking about the psychology that goes with our coffee culture,

Dew on angel's nipples

Apr 30, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Photo: PictureQuotes Whisky is the drink that lets you walk up to strangers who have more money than you do.  "Hello, soon-to-be friends," you say, completely sober. "I am holding a whisky.” "You must be interesting!" they greet you in reply. &quo

The evolution of salad

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Halfpoint Bountiful harvest As things heat up, I am encouraged to see the garden growing, and know that soon we will have our own veggies. Salad is a staple at our house during the warm season, and I love being able to gather the ingredients from the back yard - arugula, sorrel,

Crispy chilli lamb

Apr 27, 2016 / 12:23 pm

Another fantastically simple and speedy lamb recipe cooked on the farm... this time with an Italian twist. A smooth and delicious variation on hummus made with butterbeans creates the perfect bed for stacks of crispy fiery chilli lamb. Topped off with fresh tomato, parsley and olive oil all you

I'm Earl. Drink me

Apr 23, 2016 / 11:00 am

Photo: Teaghan McGinnis BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery Our Spirited Endeavours guest writer today is Jill Jarrett of BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery. Jill is on the frontline of the craft beer revolution that is making its way into Okanagan culture. When she’s not immersed in all

Sticky fingers

Apr 23, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Tootsie-selfie Sticky fingers and dirty toes This weekend will mark the official beginning of the sunny season. The sunny season is more than spring, it runs into summer, it is the feeling you get that lasts right through ’til September . . . yo

Fresh prawn rolls

Apr 20, 2016 / 4:06 pm

Having experienced Vietnam first hand, Gordon Ramsay shows you his recipe for fragrant and delicate prawns summer rolls full of flavour, along with an exciting sweet chilli and mint dipping sauce.  Don't forget to share this with your family and friends! if(navigator.userAgent.toLow

Juicy and plump

Apr 16, 2016 / 11:03 am

Photo: Zametalov This week’s Spirited Endeavours guest writer is Shanyn Ward, a tenacious student of all things wine, including global wine culture, production and viticulture. Her passion for wine knowledge is, luckily for us, driven by a desire to share her experiences with everyo