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Happy Gourmand

The taste of change

Sep 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

We have been fortunate to have warm days as the calendar page turned to September. The nights are, however, cool. Everything is different as summer sets on the...

An heirloom like no other

Sep 5, 2020 / 6:00 am

As a gardener, I look forward to the harvest all summer. All the watering, weeding, trimming, and encouragement is in hopes of a beautiful bounty this time of...

The food of angels

Aug 29, 2020 / 6:00 am

As summer draws to a close, many of us will be racing to grab one more moment in the sun or one more taste of the season. Here in the Okanagan there are many...

Don't steal from farmers

Aug 22, 2020 / 6:00 am

I was going to write about the wonderful abundance of fresh produce in the Okanagan and how to use it. But I had a conversation that inspired me to change my...

Camping memories hang on

Aug 15, 2020 / 6:00 am

As my regular readers will know, I’m an old-fashioned gal who loves nostalgia. Apparently nostalgia is a popular thing in a pandemic world. It might be...

Last call for summer

Aug 8, 2020 / 12:00 am

Why is it that summer always seems to be the season that goes by the fastest? No matter how many sunny days we enjoy, there are green tomatoes in the garden...

Sunshine in a jar

Aug 1, 2020 / 6:00 am

I remember a song when I was a kid about swinging on a star and carrying moonbeams in a jar. I always wanted to do those things Bing Crosby sang about, but I...

The joys of camping

Jul 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

We took our annual camping trip this past week. It has been our tradition the last 10 years to go to the Cascades and camp at a family campground on a small...

The original cool: ice cream

Jul 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

The quintessential treat of summer is a frozen one. Nowadays, there are many variations on this theme, what with global eating trends and dietary restrictions...

Old-fashioned summer fun

Jul 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

This summer is full of what we didn’t expect and absent of what we normally expect for the season. Even the weather has been cool and rainy. But amidst...

2 decades of food and drink

Jul 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

This weekend, Martin and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. In reflecting upon that time, we have reminisced over many adventures shared in all the years...

Perfect time to picnic

Jun 27, 2020 / 6:00 am

It’s official – school is done and the solstice has past (did you see the live stream of sunrise at Stonehenge?). Summer is here. It’s time to...

For the love of bread

Jun 20, 2020 / 6:00 am

There were plenty of jokes about bread being made as soon as the pandemic lockdowns started. Why was it that suddenly the food people wanted to make was bread?...

Some foods for thought

Jun 13, 2020 / 6:00 am

One of my inspirations for learning languages in school was to better understand the culture that went with them. I discovered a key component of culture was...

Wisdom of Pooh

Jun 6, 2020 / 6:00 am

It’s grad season, an important time of transition in young lives. The class of 2020 has a unique situation to say the least: missing out on the social...

The new coffee break

May 30, 2020 / 6:00 am

Years ago, I wrote a column about sharing treats at the office. It occurred to me the other day in one of my baking frenzies that in our current world, sharing...

Chewing on food nostalgia

May 23, 2020 / 6:00 am

I’ve heard the word “unprecedented” so much lately that it is starting to sound like a simple adjective to describe the times, like disco or...

Keeping everyone happy

May 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

The other night Hubby and I were making dinner, and out of the blue we were inspired to switch things up. Not that we don’t eat well; regular readers will...

Taking solace: pause, reflect

May 9, 2020 / 6:00 am

I suppose the title sounds rather melancholy. I am feeling that way lately. Certainly, we are very fortunate to be in a place where the pandemic has not struck...

A week's worth of meals

May 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

In ordinary times, I would write about the traditions of May Day around the world, celebrating the advance of spring and in France a holiday for workers. But...

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