Happy Gourmand

Chef Martin’s Tip 2

Nov 4, 2006 / 6:00 am

Planning is the difference between a good cook and a great cook. Whether in a restaurant cooking for 200 customers or having 6 people over for dinner at my...

Chef Martin’s Tip 1

Oct 28, 2006 / 6:00 am

You don""t need a $700 set of knives to cook gourmet meals, just one good knife. Always keep it sharp, and please don""t throw it in any kitchen drawers. Once...

Hunting Season

Oct 23, 2006 / 9:52 am

Chef’s Many thanks for the Hunting Season. Although I own the best kind of dog breed around for hunting, I don’t actually own any weapons necessary to make...

Changing Gears

Oct 14, 2006 / 6:00 am

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

Fairytale Season

Oct 7, 2006 / 6:00 am

It seems to me that autumn must be the season when fairytales take place, as there is something other-worldly about the light and the smell in the air at this...

Italian Pizza

Sep 30, 2006 / 6:00 am

Rustic Italian Pizza - what a joke! I rarely go eat a casual meal in a restaurant, not because I don’t like to have someone cook a meal for me, but more...

Wild Mushrooms

Sep 16, 2006 / 6:00 am

Wild Mushrooms - magic or not! Ever since I started as a cook 21 years ago I have been an avid mushroom hunter. BC has an amazing array of edible mushrooms and...

Cool School Lunches

Sep 9, 2006 / 6:00 am

How to have your kids thank you for a cool school lunch. Most of us remember a moment in the school cafeteria when the unveiling of our bag lunch was less than...

You say tomato, I say tomato

Aug 26, 2006 / 6:00 am

It’s that time of the year again - tomatoes galore! We are really into eating from scratch, with the main reason being chemical free meals. Not only is it...

Respect Your Food

Aug 19, 2006 / 6:00 am

In an age when respect has become something that is not as common as it used to be, I thought perhaps that starting with food might help us all remember the...

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Aug 12, 2006 / 6:00 am

The heat is holding and summer is still with us, but the ads are out for school supplies and the mornings are cooler now. In an effort to preserve the feeling...

My Dad The Chef!

Aug 5, 2006 / 5:30 am

Spanokopita? Rotisserie Chicken? Parsley & Green Olive remoulade with fresh pink Salmon? You might be wondering what all of these things have in common with...

Salad Days

Jul 31, 2006 / 8:53 am

It seems I often get my best inspiration early in the mornings, and one of my favourite places to be at that time is in the garden. (Besides, it’s much cooler...

Art Of Picnicking

Jul 22, 2006 / 5:30 am

The art of picnicking is one that requires very little expertise, but a great deal of enthusiasm. A successful picnic may be one that involves numerous bugs,...

Cooking On A Spit

Jul 15, 2006 / 6:00 am

The ancient art of cooking on a spit… Yes, I am a fan of BBQ food, and yes I do understand that it can take a few summer months to become a master of fire and...

Dog Days Of Summer

Jul 8, 2006 / 5:30 am

They have begun… the dog days of summer started on Monday. It is that time of year when the essence of summer oozes out everywhere – people wear flip flops...

Life after German Potato Salad

Jul 1, 2006 / 5:30 am

I have nothing against German potato salad, but I like to have variety in my life. That traditional creamy concoction made with boiled potatoes has its place...

Artichoke Dip

Jun 24, 2006 / 5:30 am

I came home from work a bit peckish last night and so I was rummaging through the fridge for a wee snack. Lo and behold, there was a ramekin full of a dip that...

Essence of Father’s Day

Jun 17, 2006 / 5:30 am

When I was a kid, Father’s Day was a bit more traditional, as back then Dads did more traditional things and more often than not, Dads lived at the same home...

Summer Explosion

May 20, 2006 / 5:00 am

Every season has its flavours,, and with summer arriving overnight in the last week or so, all of a sudden we are all searching for the tastes that go with the...