Happy Gourmand

Keep home fires burning

Nov 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

This time of year is one of reflection for many; as Mother Nature turns herself inward, making the plants go dormant and the days go shorter, so we look inward...

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Growing up, I never thought I would get to live next to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Imagine my delight the first year I watched the pumpkins grow and change colour...

The taste of friendship

Oct 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

I'm catching up with a girlfriend in Calgary this weekend and one of the things I always enjoy is the food and drink we share. It's just another part of...

Howling at the moon

Oct 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

Coyotes and wolves have howled when the moon is out since Ancient Greek and Roman times. Hecate and Diana, goddesses of the moon, hung out with wild dogs in the...

Why did the chicken...?

Oct 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

We just returned from a trip with our camper trailer, touring the interior of the Western States. It was a mostly remote trip, sprinkled with doses of...

Fall's flying fairies

Sep 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

It’s official – fall is here. I have gotten over the initial shock of the seasons changing, and now I am working to soak in the magic of autumn. I...

The taste of melancholy

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

The days are still sunny – thankfully, we even have blue skies – and wearing shorts and T-shirts is still not out of the question, but fall is...

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we put them in the fridge use they sometimes disappear into the nether regions and...

Six of one, half dozen of

Sep 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Every once in a while someone will look at me funny. First, I wonder if I have something on my shirt or a cowlick in my hair, but then I realize it’s...

Peachy keen

Aug 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

I am not ready to write about back-to-school routines and cooler mornings, so let’s just carry on with summery thoughts and focus on the sunshine and the...

Fun foods from A to Z

Aug 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

I have been reading a book by one of my favourite authors, and it inspired me to think of this week’s column. I love being a foodie these days, as it has...

Branded-food nostalgia

Aug 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid, there were lots of foods that you couldn’t get everywhere. I am not just talking about persimmons and star fruit; there were famous...

Old dogs, new biscuits?

Aug 5, 2017 / 6:00 am

Can you teach an old dog to like a new biscuit? I saw an article this week revealing the release of a new version of an old classic, and I was conflicted. I...


Jul 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

As I sat on the deck the other night savouring another hot summer evening, I reflected on the high points of the summer so far. This year has been bit a shorter...

Summer's a magical season

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

Summer is all about simple pleasure and new adventures. Winter is more about routine and the comfort of everyday life, and spring and fall are about the...

Here's to good taste

Jul 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

I know I am going to sound like a nostalgic, old fuddy-duddy this week, but if you will indulge me a little, I think I can bring you around to a pertinent point...

Dog days of summer

Jul 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

The hottest days of summer are often referred to as the dog days because the dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun at this time of year. It is the...

I am Canadian, and happy

Jul 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Canadians are sometimes perceived by outsiders as almost-like Americans, but living in a colder climate with a funny accent. What is it to be Canadian? Thanks,...

Are we there yet?

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

It seems we were all waiting with bated breath for summer to begin this year. Spring was a slow and poignant thing, and not the luxurious beginning to a...

Cool dads like it really hot

Jun 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

With Father’s Day this weekend, it seemed the perfect thing to write an ode to the barbecue. In this part of the world anyway, dads are generally the ones...