Happy Gourmand

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Nov 28, 2020 / 6:00 am

With the now-dreaded expression that we are in unprecedented times, it has been hard to retain even a few morsels of our lives from before the pandemic. This...

Hindsight in 2020

Nov 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Isn’t it funny how things work out? When I was a kid, I never would have guessed that I would become a Foodie. We ate simple food, I thought, and my...

Feathers and pennies

Nov 14, 2020 / 6:00 am

I was a good student as a youngster. The one subject that tripped me up was physics, and this was often because I got lost in the story of the problem. You...

Get ready for winter

Nov 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

Winter is coming. That expression is full of foreboding now, thanks to the Game of Thrones stories. It signifies the need to make preparations ... appropriate...

A good old-fashioned scare

Oct 31, 2020 / 6:00 am

This year has been full of symbols and foreboding. 2020 seems like it was made for Halloween. There is a meme going around that says there is no need to...

Tribute to Ella

Oct 24, 2020 / 6:00 am

It’s harvest time. Halloween is coming. Pumpkins are everywhere and the last of the fresh fruit and veggies is on the tables at farm stands. I should...

Memories on your calendar

Oct 17, 2020 / 6:00 am

I thought about doing a column on the weird food holidays on the calendar, but the more I researched, the sillier it all became. Robbie Burns Night celebrates...

Halloween ripple

Oct 10, 2020 / 6:00 am

We have been spoiled in style this October. This week, we have enjoyed sunshine and warmth as if summer were not already over. I decided I should celebrate such...

Beer's a byproduct of bread

Oct 3, 2020 / 6:00 am

Origins of old recipes Do you know the saying, “there’s no such thing as an original idea?” Some folks say the same is true of recipes. Their...

Sufferin' succotash

Sep 26, 2020 / 6:00 am

Does anyone else remember that expression "sufferin' succotash?" Sylvester the cat used to say that whenever he was frustrated. I loved the sound...

Cooking with fire

Sep 19, 2020 / 6:00 am

My motivation for writing this week was all around me. Despite having a year here that was not as hot or as dry as usual, we are surrounded by the smoke of...

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...