Happy Gourmand

Lose Weight and Eat Good Food

Jan 20, 2007 / 6:00 am

She says: I guess I am rocking the boat here, but that is a boring title. Hopefully you enjoy our column enough on a regular basis that you are still reading,...

Winter Desserts

Jan 13, 2007 / 6:00 am

The thermometer is telling us we are in the dead of winter. Perhaps it was the void created after the decadence of Christmas, or maybe it was those darn dancing...

Eat your veggies, Tommy!

Jan 6, 2007 / 6:00 am

He says: For many years our parents cooked chicken, pork and beef so well-done that you could barely recognize which kind of meat it was by the time you ate it....

Love What You Eat

Dec 30, 2006 / 6:00 am

This is the time of year when everyone starts to feel guilty about the pleasures they have enjoyed (and yes, perhaps overindulged in) and so they make New...

Why Christmas Food?

Dec 23, 2006 / 6:00 am

He Says: I have managed to avoid Christmas turkey cooking one more time. At our house it’s going to be goose or duck. Since I spend my days thinking about...

Exciting Lunch

Dec 9, 2006 / 6:00 am

Who knew lunch could be so exciting? Julia Child said it best, I think, when she spoke of the North American philosophy of eating versus that of Europeans: it...

Infected With The Bug

Dec 2, 2006 / 6:00 am

We’re infected with a bug, and we love it! It had been years since I was overseas, and I didn’t realize how much I missed having a dose of another style of...

Fast Food Ruining Youth

Nov 25, 2006 / 6:00 am

Fast Food is ruining the youth of today. I know – we used a splashy headline to grab your attention. And you are probably wondering, what does the life of Two...

Chef Martin’s Tip 4

Nov 18, 2006 / 6:00 am

Read cookbooks or food magazines. To really improve your skills, you need to be able to read a recipe and start feeling what it would taste like when it’s...

Chef Martin’s Tip 3

Nov 11, 2006 / 6:00 am

Cutting boards! Good cutting boards are an essential part to any good kitchen. One: the built in cutting boards that cannot be removed and cleaned in the...

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...