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Happy Gourmand

Office eating etiquette

Jan 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

When you were little, your parents probably told you about: not putting your elbows on the table excusing yourself if you burp not slurping your soup other...

Are you a trendy eater?

Jan 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

In our never-ending quest to belong, we are constantly checking our status to see where we sit in popularity charts. How many friends do you have on Facebook?...

A not-so-instant pot

Dec 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

I wonder what you got up to as the New Year approached. Did you catch up on some reading, or binge-watch a new favourite TV show? Perhaps you were energetic and...

What's on your Yule table?

Dec 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

Christmas is my favourite time of year, and Christmas dinner seems to epitomize the whole festive season: the food and drink all wrapped in tradition, and best...

The gift of food

Dec 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

At our house, the practice of sharing food is a year long occurrence. At Christmas time, even people who aren’t obsessed with food enjoy opening their...

Getting in the spirit

Dec 8, 2018 / 6:17 am

Everyone loves to visit during the holiday season, and many people have friends and family who come from far away. It’s lovely to hang around the house in...

Traditions can be stressful

Dec 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

Well, we’re in it now. You might have been resisting - maybe you’re not a fan - but the holiday season is in full swing and the countdown is on. So...

Cold and flu remedies

Nov 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

Tis the season; almost everyone is sniffling, coughing or moaning about feeling “flu-ish.” I know you’ve heard the ancient litanies before: ...

Food with a pseudonym

Nov 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

William Shakespeare, or rather, Juliet, said: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Juliet was speaking of family names, saying that it...

Rations and bread crusts

Nov 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Rations, care packages and bread crusts I suppose at first glance that title might not seem like a logical bunch of stuff. But since I have your attention, let...

Changing my gears

Nov 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

I have now unpacked my wool sweaters and long pants and tucked away the flip flops and flimsy sun dresses. The tender plants in the garden have been brought in...

Food for your Soul

Oct 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

I have talked about the strong feelings of change that many of us feel at this time of year. The changing colours and weather seem to bring a sense of...

The transition of taste

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:00 am

Here in the Okanagan, we have been particularly fortunate this year with beautiful fall weather and the corresponding slow change of colours. Have you noticed...

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....

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