Happy Gourmand

A foodie alphabet

May 15, 2021 / 6:00 am

With all this time at home over the past year, I have managed to cook many of my favourite dishes and post them. We have all had more of a focus with food, but...

Breakfast of champions

May 8, 2021 / 9:03 am

Those of you who are in my age bracket will remember this title as a slogan for a brand of breakfast cereal. Nowadays, breakfast cereal is hardly even a topic...

How do I thank my mom?

May 1, 2021 / 6:00 am

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. The pressure is on from the marketers to recognize those women in our lives who nurture us. But how does one properly do...

A bit of pomp, ceremony

Apr 24, 2021 / 8:01 am

My hubby, Martin, and I have always made a big deal about Oscar night. We do much planning and research, culminating in a celebration with close friends and...

Green with ambition

Apr 17, 2021 / 6:26 am

Little Jack would have been envious of the package I got in the mail this week. I might not have a chance at the golden goose, but I am one happy gardening...

Tall tales for small talk

Apr 10, 2021 / 6:00 am

It looks like it will be a while before most of us are around a water cooler again, but small talk is something that needs to carry on. Picture this: your...

It's brunch season

Apr 3, 2021 / 6:00 am

There is something about spring and a long weekend that seem to create the perfect ambience for brunch. It's the quintessential lazy meal, meant for...

Hopping the bunny trail

Mar 27, 2021 / 8:19 am

Well, here we are, back at Easter. It is good to know that spring is under way, even if we are all still “Zooming” with friends and family. We need...

Don't mess with bun-kebab

Mar 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

I read a food article from BBC News this week that inspired me to chat. It was about a controversy in Pakistan over a popular street food versus the local...

Food that is not for eating

Mar 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

When you read that headline, did you think I was going to talk about food you can’t stand? A column about Brussels sprouts or tapioca pearls maybe? I will...

March: lion and lamb

Mar 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

In like a lion, out like a lamb. I would bet you have heard that saying about March before. It always sounded to me like a bit of an omen, I hope with a happy...

How to Zoom for fun

Feb 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

There has been lots of talk of Zoom fatigue lately. The extra attention it takes to try to read people or react to them with the digital lag and the limited...

Speaking a food language

Feb 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

Have you ever heard of culinary grammar? You know what grammar is with words – “it is the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and...

Recipes that give pure Joy

Feb 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

I scroll the internet daily for research, and often it is for food. As a gourmand, I am interested in cultural articles as well as recipes and restaurant news,...

Healthy comfort food? Yes!

Feb 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

It’s February. The weather is mostly grey and wet. There is no chance for any kind of bikini getaway, so we are stuck wearing the same winter clothes, or...

Are we smart as appliances?

Jan 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

Do smart appliances and smart food mean smart people? Are we getting dumber? There are all kinds of "smart" things in our world now: Smart phones...

January blues? Cheer up!

Jan 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

Here we are, with the New Year rung in and the resolutions made – now what? It seems we always start the new year with a combination of energy and guilt....

Following the food calendar

Jan 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

For those of us who still like to have tangible references for the passage of time, a watch and a calendar are indispensable. I still wear a watch almost every...

I can almost taste it

Jan 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

Being a gourmand, I always have food on my mind. At home I often think of comfort foods, but having just been through a month of indulgences and traditional...

From soup to nuts

Jan 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

I have been writing this column for 14 years. It started with my chef husband and me offering a “he said, she said” approach to food topics. He got...