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Happy Gourmand

When in Rome...

Oct 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

We just got back from a lovely camping holiday on Vancouver Island. Camping is a whole other world from our every-day life, with slightly adjusted priorities....

Respecting food and farmer

Oct 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

There was a news story this summer about a farm in Ontario that had opened its gates for people to come and see their sunflowers, only to have the situation...

It doesn't look like the pic

Sep 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you ever tried a new recipe and had it not turn out? You follow all the instructions, you double-check the details, but in the end it doesn’t look at...

Go ahead, lick your fingers

Sep 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

We get scolded as children when we dip our fingers into a pot of something to taste it, but who hasn’t wanted to do that? Did you ever take a swipe at the...

Eating the bounty

Sep 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

I wrote earlier this summer about the embarrassment of riches we experience with local fruit. All summer long there are fruit stands open to the crowds of...

Fall fairies

Sep 8, 2018 / 6:00 am

I love fall, but this year it has come a bit early for my liking. It's too soon to be getting up in the dark again and thinking of wearing long pants and...

Sandwich making 101

Sep 1, 2018 / 8:00 am

As everyone heads back to the routines of school and work with the end of summer, I thought it wise to offer some tips on how to make the most of your lunch....

You can have your cake...

Aug 25, 2018 / 5:16 pm

We are on the brink: the relaxed demeanour that guides most of us through the summer is about to end. Soon, we will be back in the hustle and bustle of school...

Hardly Sirius (not a typo)

Aug 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

Legend has it that those extra-hot summer days came from the extra heat of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. The word means “glowing” in Greek,...

Top 3 campfire snacks

Aug 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

With summer in full swing, all the fun that makes up the season is happening every day and night. Days on the beach Picnics in the park Evenings around the...

An old-fashioned good time

Aug 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

Life presents us with opportunities, and, if we are on the ball, we manage to take advantage of them. Earlier this summer, I had a chance encounter with an old...

Melting pot vs. crock pot

Jul 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

Everyone has tradition in their lives, and traditional foods are a part of what shapes our family and its legacy. We also talk about the blending or...

Who would have thought...

Jul 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

You will have to forgive me the frivolity of this week’s column; you might feel it is a bit silly, but I’m afraid my brain is fried. You see, I am...

An embarrassment of riches

Jul 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

Well, here we are – in the thick of it. Summer has hit us full force with that wonderful sunshine and heat we all anticipate so impatiently. With the heat...

Marshmallows in firelight

Jul 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

Sitting on the deck as the moon rose and the sun set one night this week, I was struck by memories of summers as a kid, when one of the things we did on a...

Simple summer pleasures

Jun 30, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s so much easier to enjoy yourself in summer, don’t you think? The other seasons have more unpredictable weather, so you need to plan your...

The value of time

Jun 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

Summer is here, it’s official. You might not have danced around a bonfire at midnight to celebrate the solstice, but I’m sure you have felt the itch...

A day for someone special

Jun 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Father’s Day is upon us, so again I’m thinking of family and quality time. My Dad has been gone for more than 10 years now, and my grandfathers are...

Be my guest

Jun 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

Did Be my guest make you think of Beauty and the Beast? It was the name of the wonderful song Angela Lansbury sang as Mrs. Potts, the teapot, in my favourite...

Let's do brunch

Jun 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Are you a fan of brunch? I guess it’s a popular thing in big cities for people who go out and party. Sunday brunch as a hangover cure is a known rite of...

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