Jul 7, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I was thinking about writing this week and after a couple of precious meals with my busy husband the thing that came to mind was how much more you enjoy food when you share it with someone you love. Even when you eat alone, a meal becomes special when there is something to associate it wi

National Jam Buster Day

Jun 30, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I was thinking about Canada Day coming up, and celebrating our culture, and it occurred to me that there are lots of food days for celebrating too. (Did you know that there is a “Tapioca Day”, “Bologna Day” and even “Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbour’s Porch Night”?) What would be a C


Jun 23, 2007 / 6:00 am

Chickens don’t have fingers, do they? She says: As summer dawns this week and the kids are released from school, it makes me think of all that time I remember as a kid myself, loose in front of the family fridge…what, I wondered, do most kids eat through the summer in today’s world? I read an art

Hunters And Gatherers

Jun 16, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day, and I thought it was only fair that we do some kind of tribute since we offered up our thanks to Moms. It seems fair to say that although Dads are certainly an important part of our everyday life, their special day is much less of a fuss than the on

News Flash

Jun 9, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I saw a news piece this week that spoke on the topic of urban myths, or what used to be called “old wives’ tales”. They were debunking all those things your mother told you when you were a kid - to get you to eat your veggies or brush your teeth. They were the kinds of things we wished we

Ba-be-cue Please!

Jun 2, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: For the last couple years I have become a somewhat big bbq fan. I am talking about authentic ba-be-cue… yes, without the “R”. This past January, I contracted a welder to build me a rig that I could use for work and for pleasure. So this week I am very happy to report that I finally took

A Salad By Any Other Name...

May 26, 2007 / 9:00 am

As things heat up I am encouraged to see the garden grow, and know that soon we will have our own veggies from the garden. Salad is a staple at our house during the warm season, and I love being able to gather the ingredients from the back yard. I remember as a kid that the usual salad was with iceb

Watch For Smoke Stacks!

May 19, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Well, I am just the precursor to the main event this week, so I will be brief. As someone who is more the moral support for the BBQ-er in the household, I will not profess to have any expertise except perhaps in the potato salad or the table set-up. I just stand back and watch, and enjoy

Are You My Mother?

May 12, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I was thinking this week about how to write something that would be an ode to my mother, and it turned out to be a difficult concept, because I really did have the quintessential mother. She was all the things you would expect and want, in every way shape and form. I thought if I wrote ab

Sunshine On Cloudy Day

May 5, 2007 / 6:00 am

It has been cloudy quite a bit lately, and at our house things have been hectic, so in that environment of course it is easy to get stressed and down. We all have our ways of pulling out of that blue funk and so this week when I had to use a couple, I thought of sharing them with you. One of the th

The Good Things in Life

Apr 28, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: Do you ever have those times when things just seem to go right, and that proverbial Murphy fellow is nowhere to be found? Well, last weekend I had one of those times and I thought I would share it. We went to Vancouver to see “Stomp”, a group of performers that do routines using various p

Coffee Break

Apr 21, 2007 / 6:00 am

Perhaps it is the slow coming of spring and my need for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the whole psychology that goes with our coffee culture, and why a simple beverag

The Joys of Eating Alone?

Apr 16, 2007 / 10:06 am

Martin is away cooking for friends and family in Montreal this week, so I am writing solo. I am eating solo too, and that prompted me to use that as the topic for this week. Eating alone is something that does not happen too often for most of us. We are by nature a social species and eating is very

April Fool’s Fish

Mar 31, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: This Sunday is April Fool’s Day and I bet you thought we were going to talk about “foolish food” like pigs in a blanket or mud pie (both favourites of mine, by the way)… I thought perhaps instead we would try to instill a bit of serious culture and give you a French recipe that celebrate

Do I Have to Eat That?

Mar 24, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: One of the best things I remember as a kid during Spring Break was the availability of food. Without the regimen of a school schedule, you had the chance to grab snacks and make way-cool stuff for lunch that was not possible on a school day. This of course was especially true if the weath

School Break

Mar 17, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: Last week I gave a cooking class to 10 kids, aged 7 to 11 years old, as part of the after-school program for South Kelowna Elementary School. I introduced them to some exotic fruits and vegetables, and had them taste these foods raw and cooked. Then for kids in the class that could see on

Changing of the Guard

Mar 15, 2007 / 10:24 am

Spring has definitely sprung in our part of the world, and every day there is a new reminder of the splendor to come as the sun shines longer and the air warms on our cheeks. New blades of grass poke through the mulch of last year, and shoots that promise daffodils and tulips show braver every day.

Spring Ahead!

Mar 10, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: This weekend we will be changing our clocks over to Daylight Saving Time, a bit earlier in the year than usual, but I don’t think many of us will begrudge that lost hour of sleep after the colder and snowier winter we had! It started with the railroad companies liking the idea of standar

Why Are Carrots Purple?

Mar 3, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I have been looking at the garden seed catalogues trying to plan out what we will grow this year in our wonderful garden, but it seems every year the dilemma of deciding becomes more difficult. It is bad enough I have to choose between beets and turnips or decide whether the extra space a

The winner is…

Feb 24, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: We talk often about how everyday in life should be enjoyed and it is important to make the most of every moment. Sometimes, this means not taking things too seriously and just having fun, but other times you need to be very serious about how you plan your event. We are that way when it co