A Pair Of Gourmands

Aug 27, 2005 / 5:30 am

She says: Tomatoes are the fruit of love, some say because of its heart shape, but in fact the term “love apple” goes back to Biblical times. They are reputed to be a relative of the mandrake plant, which is known as “the love plant” for its aphrodisiac qualities. I don’t know if I can sa

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Aug 20, 2005 / 5:30 am

The hunt for cheap peaches! She says: Call me a glutton for punishment, but I love August for the bounty we get from the fields, and this week, it is peaches! It seems that you have to be careful what you wish for… I wanted to find peaches at a good price to can and freeze for winter. We started

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Aug 13, 2005 / 5:30 am

More men in the kitchen! He says: Recently, many of my customers have been men wanting to learn more about cooking. It varies, as I get asked to teach everything from simple basic meals all the way to the fancy stuff. Last weekend I was teaching a married guy who has a new interest in cooking ho

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Aug 6, 2005 / 8:42 am

She Says: We decided to write a shorter column this week, as everyone seems to be out making the most of the summer. We were too this past week, and so we just wanted to share some of our favourite food memories with you… We went to Penticton to go to the beach there, as my Mom hadn’t been sinc

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Jul 30, 2005 / 5:30 am

Stay the course… She says, When I cook, I like to make sure that I find a theme and stick to it. I am definitely not the professional chef in the family, but I have this as my credo whenever I am in the kitchen. I like to think it comes from my respect for different cultures and an interest in t

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Jul 23, 2005 / 5:30 am

Gourmet camping meals He says: I just came back from a two days camping trip at Mabel Lake near Lumby. The weather was great, the lake was beautiful and we ate two nice meals worth explaining. Our first dinner was Buffalo Sirloin Steaks with Wild Mushrooms, and Purple and Yellow beans from our gar

A Pair Of Gourmands

Jul 16, 2005 / 5:30 am

When in doubt, go Greek. He says: Greek food for the summer is an excellent choice for the hot climate of the Okanagan. Once a week, I cook something Mediterranean, from a simple 10-minute salad to a full 5-hour leg of lamb cooked on a campfire. That region of the world offers amazing tastes that

Kids Can Cook Too!

Jul 9, 2005 / 5:00 am

Every time I go to work, I get to see inside people’s fridge and pantry. I have to say, many people in Kelowna eat pretty good food and take the time to cook. One thing that I have noticed though, is often the parents don’t have the kids participate in the dinner-making procedures. A few week

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Jul 2, 2005 / 5:30 am

Good Things Take Time, but they don""t have to be hard. She says: One of the reasons we moved to the Okanagan was the possibility of being in a bread basket region. There are so many foods available from this area, and that is a beautiful bonus when you are a gourmand. Couple it with the fact that

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Jun 25, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead He says: Okanagan Cherries rule… I love this time of the year, once the cherries start hitting the local markets it’s the beginning of the sweet flavour of the Okanagan entering my kitchen. Since I have only been living in the Okanagan for about 15 months, I am

A Pair Of Gourmands

Jun 18, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead - Why don""t Dads Cook? She says: I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, it always seemed funny to me that Chefs were mostly men and yet at home it was mostly the women that cooked. Most men know how to cook, but if they are with someone else they often just

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Jun 11, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead - Eating in the big city! He says: I just came back from Vancouver for my daughter’s grade 6-graduation ceremony, and while I was in the big city, I took the time to make two great food stops. Every time I go to Vancouver, I have to eat at Memphis Blues BBQ resta

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Jun 4, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead - Bury yourself in berries. She says: I remember summers in North Vancouver, at my aunt’s house, eating piece after piece of toast slathered with as much strawberry or raspberry freezer jam as it would hold! I swore when I grew up that I would make freezer jam too,

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May 28, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead He says: Forget later, eat it, drink it and use it now! Last weekend I had people over for dinner, and the funniest conversation occurred. One of the guests has a 1986 vintage bottle of wine that she has kept for a special occasion. The problem is that there is a bi

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May 21, 2005 / 5:30 am

Stop Faking It! - by The Chef in Stead He says: Guys, stop faking it this summer! Whenever you decide you need to get a new BBQ grill, go for the real thing, buy original technology! Why invest a huge amount of money to get something that will not give your food the taste you are seeking every s

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May 14, 2005 / 5:30 am

Places, everyone! - by The Chef in Stead She says: Last month we wrote about the garden and how excited we were to be planting and planning for the summer season. A month later, the garden is starting to show us the fruits of our labour, and the evening temperatures are warm enough to sit outside.

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May 7, 2005 / 5:30 am

I miss my Mom! - by The Chef in Stead He says: In 1976, the year of the Summer Olympics in Montreal, I was ten years old, super blond air and full of energy. My mom and I were living alone in this small apartment in downtown Montreal and life was great. I was the center of her universe, as she was

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Apr 30, 2005 / 5:30 am

Spring Fever - by The Chef in Stead She says Now that spring has sprung, it makes me think of all the new things that are coming into season. With the warmer temperatures, we don’t feel the need for so much comfort food, and so the lighter fare available at the grocery stores and markets creates

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Apr 23, 2005 / 5:30 am

Here""s To Mom! - by The Chef in Stead She says: Every year when Mother’s Day approaches, the first thing I think about to do for my Mom is to make something in the kitchen. I know this might sound corny, but it just seems to get to the heart of the matter – Moms and all the warm fuzzy things

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Apr 16, 2005 / 5:30 am

Dinner Parties - by The Chef in Stead Dinner at Ric’s Grill Steak Seafood & Chop House 210 Lawrence Ave 869-1586 She says: It appears to be a Kelowna institution – even early in the evening on a weeknight, it was relatively busy. The menu has all the crowd-pleasing favorites: Caesar salad, s