MayDay, May Day!

Apr 28, 2012 / 5:00 am

May 1st has long been known as a day of celebration throughout much of Europe. “May Day” as it is sometimes called, represents the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In ancient times it was known as the first day of summer, the festival of the goddess of flow

Love thy planet

Apr 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sunday is Earth Day. I know we just had Earth Hour, and you just did spring cleaning and recycled and you’re feeling like it never quits… well, you’re right, it doesn’t. We are the stewards of this place, and just like the dust bun

Coffee break

Apr 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Whichever way you like your coffee, enjoy the time away from the hustle and bustle as you sip. I’m the sort of person that is always curious about how things started, or who had the original idea for an iconic symbol or trend. One pastime tha

Beets and Blackberry Sauce

Apr 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: For the beetroot: baby beetroot 300 g, unpeeled unsalted butter 30 g vinegar 1 tbsp sea salt fresh herbs sprigs of thyme, lemon thyme, sage or other aromatic herbs   For the blackberry sauce: 250 g dried or freeze-dried blac

Chicks, bunnies & tulips, oh my!

Apr 7, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed She says: Well, here we are, already at Easter. It’s good to know that spring is under way, and I feel like it’s time to celebrate and let loose. I watch my dogs get spring scents in their nostrils and their tails perk up, like they have in

Skor Bites

Apr 5, 2012 / 6:00 am

Ingredients: 1 can Eagle brand condensed milk 1 box Ritz crackers, crushed 1 bag Skor bits   Preparation: Heat oven to 425.  Grease 8 x 8 pan.  In bowl, mix Skor bits, Eagle brand milk and Ritz crackers.  Mix well. Spread in greased 8 x 8 pan

Foolish food

Mar 31, 2012 / 5:00 am

She Says: April Fool’s Day is coming up this week, and so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. Perhaps that is in part due to spring seeming to be ahead of itself this year, what with Easter coming and the weather being so topsy-turvy – snow in the morning

Gluten Free Holiday Stuffing

Mar 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 large bag of gluten-free bread cubes (in the freezer section of your health food store). This is equals 2 loaves of GF bread. 4-5 stocks of celery, small dice 1 medium onion, small dice 2 tbsp of coconut oil (veg oil or butter) 1/2 cup cooked wild ri

Crack Bread

Mar 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ingredients: 1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread (round is preferable) Cheddar cheese, grated Real Bacon bits 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix   Preparation: Using a sharp bread knife, cut the

Spring has sprung

Mar 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Okay, it’s official. The pussywillows are out, the grass is getting greener and soon the Easter Bunny will hopping down the trail. Snowy mornings frustrate us because now we have itchy feet and want it all to explode into the full wonder of what will

Grommet Apple Compote

Mar 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 6 apples 2 tbsp The Allergic Chef's Grommet Poultry Seasoning 1 medium onion 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp of butter or non-dairy butter Salt and pepper to taste   Preparation: Peel

Special ways to celebrate Spring

Mar 17, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Everyone in the Okanagan has itchy feet, with all this warmer weather and things sprouting up green all over. It’s hard to believe that spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20th. We are fortunate to live in Paradise, aren’t we?

My coffee has a mainstream aftertaste

Mar 10, 2012 / 5:00 am

She says: We talked last week about the idea of food snobs and how the youth of today might be spoiled with all the exotic fusion fare and specialty artisanal products. It seems that perhaps we are just experiencing an evolution. That got me to thinking about the difference between hip underg

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Mar 6, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 5 pork chops 1 cup ketchup 1\2 cup brown sugar 3\4 cup water 1 onion, diced   Preparation: Lightly brown pork chops in a frying pan. Put all ingredients and pork chops into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours

Are you a food snob?

Mar 3, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed She says: I read an article recently in the New York Times that mentioned university students are now checking out the quality of the cafeteria as another way to decide which campus to attend. I know I am getting older when I read that and remember tha

May I have the next plate please?

Feb 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that we are big movie fans. Going to a movie once a week is our “date night”. Both of us spent time working in movie catering too, so we have seen the “smoke and mirrors” it takes to weave the magic on screen. There is n

Fat Tuesday is fine by me!

Feb 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

Isn’t it interesting that the day proceeding the start of Lent is seen in some places as an all-out binge, as if to signify that one should load up to make sure that there are minimal regrets whilst one is supposed to abstain from those excesses in life? Or perhaps the idea was to give you

All you need is love

Feb 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed She says: Okay, I suppose this week’s title is less than subtle, but what do you expect for the most commercialized festive occasion of them all? Valentine’s Day falls in a season full of festivities, with Mardi Gras and Chinese new Year ri

Any excuse to get together

Feb 4, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed I know, you can all hardly wait, as it has finally arrived and soon we will be able to celebrate with the usual food and drink that accompanies the whole event… Did you think I was speaking of the Superbowl? I suppose that could be a reasonable

The Aunt Carol

Jan 28, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: White Iced Tea Polar Ice vodka White wine Frozen whole cranberries Ice cubes Fresh lime Preparation: Mix alcohol in a small glass then add frozen whole cranberries and ice cubes.  Season with fresh lime.  Swirl glass and laugh