Happy Gourmand

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...

Simple summer pleasures

Jun 30, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s so much easier to enjoy yourself in summer, don’t you think? The other seasons have more unpredictable weather, so you need to plan your...

The value of time

Jun 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

Summer is here, it’s official. You might not have danced around a bonfire at midnight to celebrate the solstice, but I’m sure you have felt the itch...

A day for someone special

Jun 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Father’s Day is upon us, so again I’m thinking of family and quality time. My Dad has been gone for more than 10 years now, and my grandfathers are...

Be my guest

Jun 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

Did Be my guest make you think of Beauty and the Beast? It was the name of the wonderful song Angela Lansbury sang as Mrs. Potts, the teapot, in my favourite...

Let's do brunch

Jun 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Are you a fan of brunch? I guess it’s a popular thing in big cities for people who go out and party. Sunday brunch as a hangover cure is a known rite of...

Are you 'procrastibaking?'

May 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

There is a new trend emerging that is evident on social media, perhaps you have participated? #Procrastibaking is a popular hashtag on Instagram, duly...

Ready! Set! Summer!

May 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Victoria Day long weekend is traditional as the unofficial start of the Canadian summer. “May long," as it’s called in many parts of the...

Mom's the word

May 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Many people don’t agree with this holiday, saying it’s too commercial. This included the woman who petitioned for it...

Reaching for the sun

May 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

The days are getting longer. The Flower Full Moon was just last weekend, meaning spring is officially in the air and in our souls. Green shoots abound, and...

What's over the top?

Apr 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

I love to cook. I love to eat. I love a good adventure. That could be why I enjoy trying wacky recipes. My chef husband often shakes his head as I combine...

Start the day right

Apr 21, 2018 / 6:00 am

How many times have you heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Today, many of us are on the run early, and so breakfast is often more about the...

Food for thought

Apr 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

How good should food make us feel? Eating is a complex subject. What food we are supposed to eat is a topic of conversation at all ages. As a kid, you eat foods...

Memories of Bambi

Apr 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

Did you ever see classic Disney animated movies like Fantasia or Bambi? They were my favourites growing up, but my childhood memories of them are dreamlike...

Are holidays for everyone?

Mar 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

I read an article recently from NPR that discussed the appropriation of holidays by other cultures, and it got me thinking. As a gourmande, I am keenly...

Let's hear it for comfort food

Mar 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

As I write this, my hubby is making one of his cherished grilled cheese sandwiches, using an old iron to ensure the bread gets good and crispy Don't worry,...

Not all about the pickle

Mar 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s not all about the pickle, but it helps When I was little, my Dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger. Although he...

Kitchen myths, or are they?

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you seen the latest news? Do you get to watch the latest silly pet video, and read the funny quote that got posted this morning? The arbiter of...

Waste not, want not

Mar 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

Holidays in the tropics are spectacular. Being spoiled in the sunshine, relaxing my muscles and my mind for days on end – it’s good for the soul....