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Did you eat your crusts?

Nov 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid, if I pushed my food around and didn’t eat it, my parents used to tell me that there were children starving in Africa and I should be grateful and eat up. Everyone in my generation got the same speech. Although most of us did think, at some poi

Pentage, Penticton

Nov 12, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Good food brings happiness

Nov 11, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Winter is here. All of a sudden, we left the picturesque beauty of fall with its rainbow of colours and we were sucked into a grey vortex of snow and darkness. The melting snow and ensuing muckiness is even worse, spoiling any chance of a new, scenic beauty. We

Quail's Gate, West Kelowna

Nov 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Keep home fires burning

Nov 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed This time of year is one of reflection for many; as Mother Nature turns herself inward, making the plants go dormant and the days go shorter, so we look inward and reminisce. Did you know that the days around Halloween are known worldwide for their connection to the

See Ya Later Ranch, OK Falls

Oct 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Growing up, I never thought I would get to live next to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Imagine my delight the first year I watched the pumpkins grow and change colour in the field behind our house. Magically, they appeared through the leaves and began to glow in orange and

OK Crush Pad, Summerland

Oct 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

The taste of friendship

Oct 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm catching up with a girlfriend in Calgary this weekend and one of the things I always enjoy is the food and drink we share. It's just another part of the magic of friendship, that you can trust someone else’s taste in broadening your horizons.&nb

Township 7, Naramata

Oct 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Howling at the moon

Oct 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: wearelightningwolf.com Coyotes and wolves have howled when the moon is out since Ancient Greek and Roman times. Hecate and Diana, goddesses of the moon, hung out with wild dogs in the night.  In Norse mythology it is dogs running across the sky that chase the moon and

Maple Leaf Spirits, Penticton

Oct 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Why did the chicken...?

Oct 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We just returned from a trip with our camper trailer, touring the interior of the Western States. It was a mostly remote trip, sprinkled with doses of civilization in various forms. We took in some classic Americana, and made great memories, too. One of the intere

Mirabel, West Kelowna

Oct 1, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Calliope Wines, Oliver

Sep 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Fall's flying fairies

Sep 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s official – fall is here. I have gotten over the initial shock of the seasons changing, and now I am working to soak in the magic of autumn. I am not looking forward to getting up in the dark, but I’m adjusting to the idea of long pants

Blue Grouse, Vancouver Isl.

Sep 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

The taste of melancholy

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The days are still sunny – thankfully, we even have blue skies – and wearing shorts and T-shirts is still not out of the question, but fall is coming. When I walk the dogs in the morning, the air has a chill, and the sun is peeking over the hill noticeabl

Roche, Naramata Bench

Sep 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we put them in the fridge use they sometimes disappear into the nether regions and reappear in another (much less desirable) form later. This is unfortunately a sign of the bounty
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