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Happy Gourmand

Food with a pseudonym

Nov 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

William Shakespeare, or rather, Juliet, said: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Juliet was speaking of family names, saying that it...

Rations and bread crusts

Nov 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Rations, care packages and bread crusts I suppose at first glance that title might not seem like a logical bunch of stuff. But since I have your attention, let...

Changing my gears

Nov 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

I have now unpacked my wool sweaters and long pants and tucked away the flip flops and flimsy sun dresses. The tender plants in the garden have been brought in...

Food for your Soul

Oct 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

I have talked about the strong feelings of change that many of us feel at this time of year. The changing colours and weather seem to bring a sense of...

The transition of taste

Oct 20, 2018 / 10:00 am

Here in the Okanagan, we have been particularly fortunate this year with beautiful fall weather and the corresponding slow change of colours. Have you noticed...

When in Rome...

Oct 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

We just got back from a lovely camping holiday on Vancouver Island. Camping is a whole other world from our every-day life, with slightly adjusted priorities....

Respecting food and farmer

Oct 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

There was a news story this summer about a farm in Ontario that had opened its gates for people to come and see their sunflowers, only to have the situation...

It doesn't look like the pic

Sep 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you ever tried a new recipe and had it not turn out? You follow all the instructions, you double-check the details, but in the end it doesn’t look at...

Go ahead, lick your fingers

Sep 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

We get scolded as children when we dip our fingers into a pot of something to taste it, but who hasn’t wanted to do that? Did you ever take a swipe at the...

Eating the bounty

Sep 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

I wrote earlier this summer about the embarrassment of riches we experience with local fruit. All summer long there are fruit stands open to the crowds of...

Fall fairies

Sep 8, 2018 / 6:00 am

I love fall, but this year it has come a bit early for my liking. It's too soon to be getting up in the dark again and thinking of wearing long pants and...

Sandwich making 101

Sep 1, 2018 / 8:00 am

As everyone heads back to the routines of school and work with the end of summer, I thought it wise to offer some tips on how to make the most of your lunch....

You can have your cake...

Aug 25, 2018 / 5:16 pm

We are on the brink: the relaxed demeanour that guides most of us through the summer is about to end. Soon, we will be back in the hustle and bustle of school...

Hardly Sirius (not a typo)

Aug 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

Legend has it that those extra-hot summer days came from the extra heat of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. The word means “glowing” in Greek,...

Top 3 campfire snacks

Aug 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

With summer in full swing, all the fun that makes up the season is happening every day and night. Days on the beach Picnics in the park Evenings around the...

An old-fashioned good time

Aug 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

Life presents us with opportunities, and, if we are on the ball, we manage to take advantage of them. Earlier this summer, I had a chance encounter with an old...

Melting pot vs. crock pot

Jul 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

Everyone has tradition in their lives, and traditional foods are a part of what shapes our family and its legacy. We also talk about the blending or...

Who would have thought...

Jul 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

You will have to forgive me the frivolity of this week’s column; you might feel it is a bit silly, but I’m afraid my brain is fried. You see, I am...

An embarrassment of riches

Jul 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

Well, here we are – in the thick of it. Summer has hit us full force with that wonderful sunshine and heat we all anticipate so impatiently. With the heat...

Marshmallows in firelight

Jul 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

Sitting on the deck as the moon rose and the sun set one night this week, I was struck by memories of summers as a kid, when one of the things we did on a...

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