Happy Gourmand

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....

Don't get fat on Tuesday

Mar 1, 2018 / 12:00 am

Did you know that's what Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday? Yup, the name is straight-forward; the day before Ash Wednesday is traditionally the last day to...

Holiday in small morsels

Feb 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

We just returned from Jamaica where we put ourselves in reset mode, focusing on storing away some tropical memories for use on stressful days later in the year....

Glue of my childhood

Feb 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid, things were different. We didn’t have all kinds of packaged foods for lunch; it was simple sandwiches. Peanut butter was the most common...

What now, February?

Jan 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s grey outside. The weather will not co-operate. It’s either slushy and mucky or snowing like crazy. Just when you think it can’t get any...

Let them eat cake

Jan 20, 2018 / 6:00 am

On Jan. 20, my stepdaughter is getting married in Whistler. Since her dad is a chef, he is providing the cake for the occasion. I think most girls look forward...

Fight those winter blues

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Do you feel the winter blues setting in? The cheeriness of the holiday season has been packed up, and the grey skies are still hanging over us. The bills from...

Top 10 foodie trends

Jan 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

Everyone is back at the office after the holiday break, and so now you need some new water cooler talk, right? Well, how about the trends with food and cooking...

Winter foodie survival tips

Dec 30, 2017 / 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 the...

Breaking bread

Dec 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

I have a new project in the kitchen. I always find that winter is a good time to experiment with my cooking and expand my skills. I am not as busy with work,...

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Dec 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is snow on the hills, it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know...

Round Table discussion

Dec 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

The news can contain all manner of depressing and discouraging items. I am proud to be discussing a topic as straightforward as food and eating. The simple...

A virtually perfect world

Dec 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

I’ve been hearing a lot about bitcoin lately. I am an old school girl, so the notion of virtual currency that exists only online and can’t be used...

A side of guilt with that?

Nov 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday…. Where does it end? Why do we have to be reminded constantly about what we should be doing? With the American...

Did you eat your crusts?

Nov 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid, if I pushed my food around and didn’t eat it, my parents used to tell me that there were children starving in Africa and I should be...