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Happy Gourmand

Ready, set - go!

This week I spent an evening unpacking my summer clothes, as the rain pitter-patted on the windowpanes. I made porridge for breakfast, swearing to not eat the stuff again until the snow flies. And I am determined to finally plant my tomato seedlings outside in the garden. Time’s up, Mother Nature – I am willing the summer season to begin!

I realize that in the Okanagan we are spoiled, having a much better time of it than anyone else in Canada and much of the US. Unfortunately that tends to just make us even less patient. Don’t get me wrong, I love the majesty of autumn and the stark beauty of winter and I am a big fan of Christmas. But true decadence for me lies in summer, when the garden is in full bloom and the heat warms my bones all day long. As a foodie, summer is the easiest time of year to enjoy. You can be passionate and lazy at the same time when eating in summer. Our expectation is that the May long weekend is the first dose of summer. It's our "ready, set - go!" to the season.

So, more than the clothes that I haven’t seen for a while, I am excited about the fresh tastes coming out of the ground. I know that summer doesn’t officially begin for another month, but the radishes and carrots I have had from the farmer’s market have whet my appetite. I am already salivating for the cherries that will come from the blossoms on our tree outside. And I want to sit outside on our deck and look out at the fields without having layers of clothing and a blanket over my knees. Even in Canada, patio dining is not supposed to be an endurance sport when you get to the month of June!

We have friends coming by for a visit this weekend. I think I will prepare some tapenade and make fresh baguette sandwiches with radishes, tapenade and arugula. My veggies aren’t ready yet, but the flavours on my brain may help me visualize them growing faster, I think. I’ll open a nice bottle of my favourite Okanagan rosé and we can toast to the coming of summer.

I wish everyone a healthy start to the growing season (even if you are only growing a window box). Green things are good for your soul, whether to look at or taste. Here’s to all the joys of summer: iced tea instead of hot coffee, fresh local fruit instead of porridge, and salad with just a hint of hose water left after washing!

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About the author...

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, being someone who is passionate about people having a good time . Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, marketing and service programs. Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column.

She says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that "sense of place" from where the food has come... the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had.

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment; sharing that joy with others is how I keep those good vibes going!"


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