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New Year’s Detox

I LOVE the holiday season and part of the reason I love it so much is that we all have carte blanche to do a little guilt-free binging. Huge boxes of chocolates are lying around, beckoning us as we innocently walk by. Nights on the town, eating, drinking and then eating and drinking some more. And holiday feasts, with second and third helpings and…

Soup Sisters

My lovely city is in  the middle of a cold spell. So uncharacteristically cold that I feel like I’ve been magically transported from Vancouver back to my birthplace, frigid and snowy Ontario. The ground is blanketed in a layer of sparkling, diamond-like frost, it’s been endlessly sunny out, 10 degrees below zero and so dry my skin is starting to crack. Very strange for a temperate rainforest. And as the…

Sweet Apple Chutney

An apple chutney recipe could be a really lovely, home-made Christmas present. And, an added bonus, while the chutney is cooking, your entire home will smell like Christmas. Sweet Apple Chutney 2 large tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup raisins 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon allspice Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir well.  Bring…

Eat. Drink. Sleep.

My week long birthday celebrations have been an extravaganza of eating and drinking as well as spending lots of time with my favourite people. But this post is all about the food. The fresh, local, fabulous food. My own personal feeding frenzy started at a local hangout called The August Jack. A friend told me about this spot a few weeks ago and since then I admit I’ve become a little obsessed….

A Northwest Picnic

A few friends and I planned a fresh, local, wild, seafood picnic on idyllic Keat’s Island last Sunday. We excitedly hopped on my buddy, Greg’s boat, loaded it up with food and headed out to sea. But as we sailed along to our island destination, nothing seemed to go as planned. First the bright, sunshine of the morning abruptly disappeared and we were overtaken by ominously gloomy skies. I glanced up to see dark, heavy clouds looking like they were…

Fried Green Tomatoes

The other night I watched the movie Fried Green Tomatoes for the umpteenth time. I’m a little obsessed with this film and have watched it so many times that I have all of the dramatic scenes completely memorized. On the off chance you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend you watch it as soon as you possibly can. Set in the south, the story moves…

Love Apples

love ap·ple Noun – an old-fashioned term for a tomato. Synonyms – tomato I love my tomato plant. I really, really, love my tomato plant. I love the way the leaves smell like fresh, green aromatherapy. I love how sweet the little, yellow flowers look before they morph into baby tomatoes. I love how I never put a stake in it and it is…

Jason’s Garden

One day I’ll live in a little, vine-covered cottage by the sea. A flock of happy chickens will roam the grounds, laying eggs for breakfast. The backyard will be home to a big, beautiful garden, bordered with bright orange marigolds, alive with ladybugs and surrounded by apple and pear trees. Occasionally a freshly caught fish from an unpolluted ocean (if that still exists) will grace the dinner table. My beloved bike will take me everywhere and I’ll live a simple, carbon-neutral life. But until…

Honey Bee Haven

Summertime. The sun is shining, gardens are growing and it’s the perfect season for a culinary adventure. I scoured the internet for an unusual, gardening/food experience and guess what I found? A rooftop garden of herbs, veggies and edible flowers growing at the Fairmont Waterfront. There is also a bee colony on the rooftop that is home to approximately 200,000 honey bees! If you’ve read my last few posts, you’ll know that gardening has become a great love and perhaps even an obsession…