Happy Gourmand

Is DIY food better than take out?

Jan 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

Since the pandemic brought us back into our kitchens, we have been experimenting with variations on how to make a meal. Some of us started out honing skills...

Food is something we all share

Jan 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

I was cleaning my office space this week and inside an old Daytimer I dusted off, I found a newspaper clipping a friend sent me years ago. The friend was a...

With the new year, it's time too look at new ways of eating

Jan 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

Did anyone out there make a resolution? I am guessing that many people are not feeling into it, what with all that has been thrown at us in the last couple of...

How to find joy in a new year

Jan 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

I grew up in the 1970s with young parents. They were not exactly hippies, although they did wear tie-dye shirts and drove a Volkswagon Beetle when I was a baby....

Christmas is a time for traditions

Dec 25, 2021 / 4:00 am

There are winter festivals around the world in every culture I know, and all of them are steeped in the history of years gone by. The holiday season is full of...

It really is a wonderful life

Dec 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

I could not help this week but to be inspired by our one seasonal outing—we attended Kelowna Actor’s Studio’s production of It’s a...

A closer look at what kids are eating for lunch

Dec 11, 2021 / 4:00 am

I know we are in the heart of the holiday season and much of the food talk is about party fare and treats for entertaining, but I was struck by something...

What's in a saying?: Six of one, half dozen of the other

Dec 4, 2021 / 6:00 am

My Gramps was famous for expressions, and even made-up words for things. If you were around him enough (as I was when I was young), then it was easy to know...

Food to share — for hearts and souls

Nov 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

The holiday season is a time when the exchanging of parcels and treats is a part of many family’s traditions. I wrote last week about the recipes I shared...

What comes to mind when you are stuck, away from home

Nov 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

My childhood vacations happened via the good old family Volvo. We went all over western Canada and parts of the Pacific Northwest, finding new adventures every...

Fond food memories fuel long friendship

Nov 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

I am off to Vancouver this week to see a friend who lives across the world. We've been friends since I was 19-years-old. I am a godmother to her daughter...

Sometimes doing it wrong in the kitchen can turn out so right

Nov 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

Have you ever started to make a recipe and then had it go sideways? Sometimes all that is left to do is order pizza. But many times I have decided to...

Good grief, is it time for the Great Pumpkin?

Oct 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

I settled in for a bit of couch-potato time tonight and what should be on the television screen but Linus and Lucy and yes, Charlie Brown. I had to smile as I...

The joy of growing, canning and preserving our food

Oct 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

I am a product of my upbringing. The tales of root cellars where everything was preserved, my grampa's stories of living during the war when things were...

Do you want to be in the "Blue Zone?"

Oct 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

For many of us these last 18 months have been a drastic change in lifestyle, and for a variety of reasons. If our focus was to not get sick, did that make us...

Cleanse gives new perspective on what and how writer eats

Oct 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

A couple weeks ago I did a healthy living retreat that involved a cleanse. I don’t know if you’ve ever done a cleanse but for someone like me who...

Writer compares road to Dr. Seuss street

Oct 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

When I was growing up, my Mom read us bedtime stories. I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and one of my favourites was “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry...

Bounty of the harvest available locally

Sep 25, 2021 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid growing up in Calgary back in the 70s, shopping for groceries was a much simpler exercise. For example, the selection of fresh fruit was much...

Who know we's be here – new and improved comfort foods

Sep 18, 2021 / 6:00 am

If you told me two years ago that food trends in the coming years would include a boom in breadmaking, the return of breakfast cereal and fusion cuisines like...

New disease could impact banana supplies, push up prices

Sep 11, 2021 / 6:00 am

"Yes, we have no bananas" Are you familiar with this song lyric? Maybe you didn’t know it was a lyric, but rather as a silly expression. Either...