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In Did You Know on August 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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Sea Asparagus Gomaae

In Did You Know, Recipes on June 28, 2010 at 5:01 am


Salicornia Virginica is a small, salt tolerant plant that thrives across the shorelines, wetlands and salt marshes of North America.  Known by a number of names –including samphire, pickleweed and sea asparagus — this nutrient-rich green vegetable adds a not-too-salty crunch when served cold in sushi, or hot alongside a grilled steak.

Plus, if you know where to find it, it’s free.  Shazzaam!  Take that global marketplace.

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The Spinach Wars?

In Did You Know on June 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

spinach-gone-to-seedphoto by grevillea.

Have a look at a small selection of the names of organic spinach seed varieties currently available in Canada:

Dolphin, Whale, Butterfly and Strawberry.

Compare those with the names Seminis, Monsanto’s global seeds brand for open field crops, gives to their spinach seeds:

Avenger, Hellcat, Interceptor, MIG and Tigercat.

Cetaceans, an insect & fruit VS war bombers & missiles.

I feel like some of us are about to be caught with our pants down.  Seriously.

ICC Victoria Food Festival – Defending Our Backyard

In Did You Know, Island Life on May 31, 2010 at 5:01 am


I spent the day at Fort Rodd Hill in Victoria yesterday, attending Defending Our Backyard:  the 3rd Annual Island Chefs’ Collaborative Local Food Festival and Farm Fund Raiser.

Big mouthful, eh?

Not as big as the one I had all afternoon — enjoying a feast of local, seasonal and sustainable food.  And drink.  Did I mention the drink?  There was a lot of drink. Read the rest of this entry »

Spot Shrimp Sushi Sunday – The Raw & The Cooked

In Did You Know, Island Life, Sunday Lunch on May 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm


Sunday Lunch has been hijacked today, for the sake of shameless alliteration.  Truth be told, I’m partial to assonance — who doesn’t prefer a little assonance? — but you can’t have everything.

“Alliteration is pleasant and precious, but some fancy assonance can make you dance in your pants,” that’s what my mama used to say.

Acutally, she never said that.  And I (still) call her Mom.  But I really do like assonance, if that counts for anything.

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Lunch @ MBM – Sandwiches

In Did You Know, Island Life on May 11, 2010 at 5:01 am


If  you`re hungry on Pender, stop by Medicine Beach Market, where you`ll find a stocked deli — full of fresh sandwiches, salads, dips, soups, snacks and take-home dinners.

I really like my job at MBM:  I take fresh produce, meats and dairy — most of them local and seasonal, many of them organic – and turn them into whatever I`m inspired to do that week.  A chef`s dream come true! Read the rest of this entry »

Ouzo Steamed BC Spot Prawns

In Did You Know, Island Life, Recipes on May 10, 2010 at 5:03 am


Trap caught BC Spot Prawns have gained a lot of fame here at home in the past few years — they’re some of the biggest, juiciest sweetest shrimps in the world, AND they’re sustainable, local and (relatively) affordable.

I fear, however, that things may be about to change.  Read the rest of this entry »

Battle of the Nut Brown Ales

In Did You Know, Island Life on May 5, 2010 at 5:01 am


We had a little BC Breweries taste test last night.

I found these side by side in the cooler at the Medicine Beach Liquor Store — and while vague memories of reading the Nut Brown Maid in English Lit 12 occupied my thoughts,  my hands took the opportunity to grab a bottle of each.

I don’t remember a battle in the Nut Brown Maid, but these 2 Nut Brown Ales went head to head, and the results weren’t even close. Read the rest of this entry »

Maple Blossom Schnapps

In Did You Know, Recipes on March 27, 2010 at 8:03 am


When I first googled maple blossom recipes a couple of weeks ago, I found slim pickings — a couple of uninspired salads — until page 3 — where I found Danish Schnapps Recipes.

It was then that I knew everything was going to be alright. 

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How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Food

In Did You Know on February 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm


Greenpeace Shoppers Guide:  “How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Food”