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Happy Gourmand

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...

What about an Easter fox or a cuckoo?

What about an Easter fox or a cuckoo?

Apr 16, 2022 / 4:00 am

It’s Easter time, and so I’m guessing as you read this, you’re nibbling on those little Eggies or maybe some jellybeans. It’s okay,...

There’s nothing like your favourite indulgence food

There’s nothing like your favourite indulgence food

Apr 9, 2022 / 4:00 am

Movie popcorn. It’s a one-of-a-kind thing. As I sat in the theatre last week, munching happily away at my buttered morsels, I thought about the unique...

Fun dishes to check out when you want to indulge

Fun dishes to check out when you want to indulge

Apr 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

This week, I feel like posting some of my favourite weirdly wonderful recipes, just for fun. No particular theme, no amazing insights, no words of wisdom...

Don't lose family traditions to the winds of time

Don't lose family traditions to the winds of time

Mar 26, 2022 / 4:00 am

One for the road. This old saying is said to have started with travelling salesmen looking for one last drink before heading to the next town. It has spread to...

Change of season, change of taste

Change of season, change of taste

Mar 19, 2022 / 4:00 am

Spring has sprung! Officially it arrives on Sunday, March 20 at 8:33 a.m. I don’t know about you, but when the green shoots show up in my garden, I start...

Baking soda has many varied uses

Baking soda has many varied uses

Mar 12, 2022 / 4:00 am

Baking soda is amazing stuff. What else do you use in baking and to deodorize your fridge and sneakers? This week I want to make sure we can appreciate just how...

Peanut butter: 'The glue of my childhood'

Peanut butter: 'The glue of my childhood'

Mar 5, 2022 / 4:00 am

When I was a kid, things were different. We didn’t have all kinds of packaged foods for lunch. It was simple sandwiches. Peanut butter was the most common...

Exotic fruits from around the world

Exotic fruits from around the world

Feb 26, 2022 / 4:00 am

I know, with the temperatures this week, I might seem a bit silly in choosing gardening as my theme. But Mother Nature is gearing up for spring and soon things...

Plenty of fun to be had with food night themes

Plenty of fun to be had with food night themes

Feb 19, 2022 / 4:00 am

February can be a tough month, even though it is the shortest one. Motivation can be at a low; we are getting too busy for time at the gym, it might be budget...

Valentine's Day should be about love, not a big show

Valentine's Day should be about love, not a big show

Feb 12, 2022 / 4:00 am

Here we are again, coming up on the special day that some people love and many love to hate— Valentine’s Day. Who can blame them? What sane person...

A closer look at the value of food

A closer look at the value of food

Feb 5, 2022 / 4:00 am

Did you notice the price of milk went up this week? There is now a recycling fee for the containers but the milk itself also went up in price. The answer to why...

The weird and wonderful world of the grapefruit

The weird and wonderful world of the grapefruit

Jan 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

This week’s column is a bit of good, old-fashioned watercooler fodder. I am sharing a bunch of facts about grapefruit that I bet many of you don’t...

Is DIY food better than take out?

Is DIY food better than take out?

Jan 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

Since the pandemic brought us back into our kitchens, we have been experimenting with variations on how to make a meal. Some of us started out honing skills...

Food is something we all share

Food is something we all share

Jan 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

I was cleaning my office space this week and inside an old Daytimer I dusted off, I found a newspaper clipping a friend sent me years ago. The friend was a...

With the new year, it's time too look at new ways of eating

With the new year, it's time too look at new ways of eating

Jan 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

Did anyone out there make a resolution? I am guessing that many people are not feeling into it, what with all that has been thrown at us in the last couple of...

How to find joy in a new year

How to find joy in a new year

Jan 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

I grew up in the 1970s with young parents. They were not exactly hippies, although they did wear tie-dye shirts and drove a Volkswagon Beetle when I was a baby....

Christmas is a time for traditions

Christmas is a time for traditions

Dec 25, 2021 / 4:00 am

There are winter festivals around the world in every culture I know, and all of them are steeped in the history of years gone by. The holiday season is full of...

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