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Happy Gourmand

The joy of growing, canning and preserving our food

Oct 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

I am a product of my upbringing. The tales of root cellars where everything was preserved, my grampa's stories of living during the war when things were...

Do you want to be in the "Blue Zone?"

Oct 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

For many of us these last 18 months have been a drastic change in lifestyle, and for a variety of reasons. If our focus was to not get sick, did that make us...

Cleanse gives new perspective on what and how writer eats

Oct 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

A couple weeks ago I did a healthy living retreat that involved a cleanse. I don’t know if you’ve ever done a cleanse but for someone like me who...

Writer compares road to Dr. Seuss street

Oct 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

When I was growing up, my Mom read us bedtime stories. I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and one of my favourites was “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry...

Bounty of the harvest available locally

Sep 25, 2021 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid growing up in Calgary back in the 70s, shopping for groceries was a much simpler exercise. For example, the selection of fresh fruit was much...

Who know we's be here – new and improved comfort foods

Sep 18, 2021 / 6:00 am

If you told me two years ago that food trends in the coming years would include a boom in breadmaking, the return of breakfast cereal and fusion cuisines like...

New disease could impact banana supplies, push up prices

Sep 11, 2021 / 6:00 am

"Yes, we have no bananas" Are you familiar with this song lyric? Maybe you didn’t know it was a lyric, but rather as a silly expression. Either...

Having your cake and eating it too

Sep 4, 2021 / 6:00 am

Our first granddaughter turned one-year-old this past week. There was much fanfare with the occasion—balloons galore and decorations with a bee theme. Her...

Food named for people

Aug 28, 2021 / 6:00 am

Have you ever wondered why food dishes are named the way they are? Have you heard some of the crazy stories of how or why namesake foods were invented for...

Smell the difference

Aug 21, 2021 / 6:00 am

I splurged and got a massage today. It was glorious. I highly recommend it. The experience even inspired my column topic this week. I was relaxing on the...

Cakes for breakfast

Aug 14, 2021 / 6:00 am

One of my favourite breakfast foods is pancakes, especially when I’m camping. There is something especially rustic about flipping those golden beauties on...

May I have s'more?

Aug 7, 2021 / 6:00 am

Summertime… with memories of watermelon slices, popsicles, and plenty of time outside, running around and drinking from the hose. That’s what I...

Simple joys of camping

Jul 31, 2021 / 6:00 am

We visited friends who were "camping" this week in Penticton. I use the quotation marks because their version of camping now includes the RV with...

'Punk' health trend

Jul 24, 2021 / 6:00 am

I was researching odd food traditions for this week’s column, and I came across a new trend in China called “punk health.” I was so intrigued...

Celebrate small victories

Jul 17, 2021 / 6:00 am

It’s usually about this time of the summer that I begin to feel overwhelmed. The garden is in full swing, and the fruit in the orchards is ripening. I...

Yummy novelty treats

Jul 10, 2021 / 6:00 am

We have just celebrated the start of summer with holidays in Canada and the U.S., and for many that means a summer feast. Often nostalgic favourites are served,...

Simple summer pleasures

Jul 3, 2021 / 6:00 am

I really like summer. The other seasons have more unpredictable weather, so you need to plan your clothing. Safety can be a consideration, what with storms and...

Food for a heat wave

Jun 26, 2021 / 6:00 am

When the temperature outside gets to be higher than our body temperature, it’s not very exciting to cook hot food. Since we are heading into one of our...

Dads deserve a tribute, too

Jun 19, 2021 / 6:00 am

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. It seems only fair that we offer an appropriate tribute in line with that of the one for Moms. Although Dads are...

Hidden gems on Main Street

Jun 12, 2021 / 6:00 am

I had a meeting in Summerland this week. After, I wanted a bit of time to enjoy the day, so I stopped for a walk on Main Street. I was struck by how many...

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