Happy Gourmand

Are you 'procrastibaking?'

May 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

There is a new trend emerging that is evident on social media, perhaps you have participated? #Procrastibaking is a popular hashtag on Instagram, duly...

Ready! Set! Summer!

May 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Victoria Day long weekend is traditional as the unofficial start of the Canadian summer. “May long," as it’s called in many parts of the...

Mom's the word

May 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many people don’t agree with this holiday, saying it’s too commercial. This included the woman who petitioned for it...

Reaching for the sun

May 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

The days are getting longer. The Flower Full Moon was just last weekend, meaning spring is officially in the air and in our souls. Green shoots abound, and...

What's over the top?

Apr 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

I love to cook. I love to eat. I love a good adventure. That could be why I enjoy trying wacky recipes. My chef husband often shakes his head as I combine...

Start the day right

Apr 21, 2018 / 6:00 am

How many times have you heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Today, many of us are on the run early, and so breakfast is often more about the...

Food for thought

Apr 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

How good should food make us feel? Eating is a complex subject. What food we are supposed to eat is a topic of conversation at all ages. As a kid, you eat foods...

Memories of Bambi

Apr 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

Did you ever see classic Disney animated movies like Fantasia or Bambi? They were my favourites growing up, but my childhood memories of them are dreamlike...

Are holidays for everyone?

Mar 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

I read an article recently from NPR that discussed the appropriation of holidays by other cultures, and it got me thinking. As a gourmande, I am keenly...

Let's hear it for comfort food

Mar 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

As I write this, my hubby is making one of his cherished grilled cheese sandwiches, using an old iron to ensure the bread gets good and crispy Don't worry,...

Not all about the pickle

Mar 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s not all about the pickle, but it helps When I was little, my Dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger. Although he...

Kitchen myths, or are they?

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you seen the latest news? Do you get to watch the latest silly pet video, and read the funny quote that got posted this morning? The arbiter of...

Waste not, want not

Mar 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

Holidays in the tropics are spectacular. Being spoiled in the sunshine, relaxing my muscles and my mind for days on end – it’s good for the soul....

Holiday in small morsels

Feb 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

We just returned from Jamaica where we put ourselves in reset mode, focusing on storing away some tropical memories for use on stressful days later in the year....

Glue of my childhood

Feb 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid, things were different. We didn’t have all kinds of packaged foods for lunch; it was simple sandwiches. Peanut butter was the most common...

What now, February?

Jan 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s grey outside. The weather will not co-operate. It’s either slushy and mucky or snowing like crazy. Just when you think it can’t get any...

Let them eat cake

Jan 20, 2018 / 6:00 am

On Jan. 20, my stepdaughter is getting married in Whistler. Since her dad is a chef, he is providing the cake for the occasion. I think most girls look forward...

Fight those winter blues

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Do you feel the winter blues setting in? The cheeriness of the holiday season has been packed up, and the grey skies are still hanging over us. The bills from...

Top 10 foodie trends

Jan 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

Everyone is back at the office after the holiday break, and so now you need some new water cooler talk, right? Well, how about the trends with food and cooking...

Winter foodie survival tips

Dec 30, 2017 / 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 the...