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Happy Gourmand

Pears, plums and pumpkins: A taste of fall

Pears, plums and pumpkins: A taste of fall

Sep 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

Am I the only one who has a tough time making the transition when we wake up to autumn? I love fall colours and flavours, but I always feel a jolt when Nature...

Travelling the world for rare foods

Travelling the world for rare foods

Sep 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

We have friends who are currently walking the Camino del Norte in Spain. Many people do the pilgrimages in that part of the world, walking a path that has been...

Finding your own taste of the mind

Finding your own taste of the mind

Sep 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

In French there is a term “terroir." It means “a sense of place." You may have heard it when people talk of wine, or food. Terroir is the...

The strange things we were told as kids

The strange things we were told as kids

Aug 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

Two weeks ago, I wrote about summer memories about road trips, and asked for readers to vote on whether they enjoyed them or not. I am pleased to say that...

Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk?

Is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk?

Aug 20, 2022 / 4:00 am

I haven’t heard it recently, despite the continuing heat wave, but there used to be a common expression about the day being so hot you could fry an egg on...

Road trip vacations. Love 'em or hate 'em?

Road trip vacations. Love 'em or hate 'em?

Aug 13, 2022 / 4:00 am

Do you travel by car for your summer holidays? Was that the way you travelled as a kid? If so, this week’s column is for you. I want to know if you love...

How the cookie has changed through history

How the cookie has changed through history

Aug 6, 2022 / 4:00 am

You’ve probably heard the adage, “That’s the way the cookie crumbles.” Relating cookies to the general events of our life seems obvious...

Long weekends are meant for parties

Long weekends are meant for parties

Jul 30, 2022 / 4:00 am

I think perhaps I was destined to be in the service industry. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed hosting a party of one kind or another and I cannot...

Life is a bowl of cherries

Life is a bowl of cherries

Jul 23, 2022 / 4:00 am

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Life is a bowl of cherries”? It comes from the name of a song from the 1930s that was about a charmed life where...

Produce that won't let you down

Produce that won't let you down

Jul 16, 2022 / 4:00 am

Have you ever bought fresh fruits or vegetables that let you down? I recently had some strawberries at a restaurant as part of a dessert. If I had been...

Taste something new food-wise this summer

Taste something new food-wise this summer

Jul 9, 2022 / 4:00 am

Summer is a time for adventure. That can mean new experiences of all kinds – trying a new sport or pastime, seeing a new place and even tasting a new...

Finding the quintessential Canadian food

Finding the quintessential Canadian food

Jul 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

Food is a central part of many celebrations, and there are days even dedicated to celebrating specific foods. Did you know that there is a “Tapioca...

Morning can be a special time of the day

Morning can be a special time of the day

Jun 25, 2022 / 4:00 am

Magic strikes when we least expect it—or perhaps we only notice the magic when we aren’t looking for it. That happened to me recently. It was like...

Every cook needs one of these—a cast iron skillet

Every cook needs one of these—a cast iron skillet

Jun 18, 2022 / 4:00 am

How many times have you seen an informercial that told you about a gadget that would change your life? How many of those have you tried over the years? And how...

Eat a 'rainbow' when the sun's not shining

Eat a 'rainbow' when the sun's not shining

Jun 11, 2022 / 4:00 am

I don’t know about you, but I am a bit weary of all this unsettled weather. Perhaps, having grown up in sunny southern Alberta, it gave me my love for...

Summertime, and the living is easy...and fun

Summertime, and the living is easy...and fun

Jun 4, 2022 / 4:00 am

Okay, all is forgiven. For the first time this year I sat outside after finishing my work late last week, with my feet propped up and a beverage in my hand,...

Dandelions are not the weeds some think them to be

Dandelions are not the weeds some think them to be

May 28, 2022 / 4:00 am

This week I have a plethora of interesting tidbits about one of the most familiar edible plants in the world. You might have strong feelings about this plant,...

Canadian summer, here we come!

Canadian summer, here we come!

May 21, 2022 / 4:00 am

In Canada, we pride ourselves on our climatic toughness. We like to trade stories of the worst winters and compare the endurance we have against those from...

You not only give when you volunteer, you also receive

You not only give when you volunteer, you also receive

May 14, 2022 / 4:00 am

This week I’d like to focus more on the Happy part of the name of my column, rather than the Gourmand. People who know me will shake their heads and say...

May is our warm up for enjoying summer

May is our warm up for enjoying summer

Apr 30, 2022 / 4:00 am

Mother Nature carries on her work as we flip the calendar pages. We didn’t have many April showers, but the flowers of May are coming, nonetheless. Soon...

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