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Top Five Friday – 5 Great Reasons to Visit the Pender Farmer’s Market

In Island Life, Top 5 Friday on July 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

pender pulled lamb flatbread

If you’re on Pender Island this weekend, be sure to stop by the Farmers’ Market on Saturday:

  1. I’ll be there serving Pender Pulled Lamb on Homemade Flatbreads with Veggies and Tzatziki  — look for my table around the side of the community hall — beside the lounge. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Lunch – Vodka Infused Watermelon

In Kitchen Tips, Sunday Lunch on July 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm


Sometimes, when it’s really, really hot, a crazy cool-down idea will take shape around here.

Like injecting a watermelon with vodka — circa Lollapalooza ’93 — which is the last (and more age-appropriate) time I considered using a syringe to introduce alcohol into fruit.  Back then it was a scheme to get booze past the festival gate checkpoint — a scheme we never got around to actually attempting… Read the rest of this entry »

Wilted Spinach & Oyster Mushroom Salad, Warm Goat`s Cheese Dressing

In Recipes on July 6, 2010 at 5:02 am


Summertime is salad-for-dinner time.  Am I right?

So what do you do when, 2 weeks after summer solstice, the sun has appeared for a total of 3 1/2 hours, and dinner on the deck means long pants and long sleeves?

I figured if I had to wear a sweater, then the salad probably needed a warm-up too.  And as I found out, cashmere isn’t the only goat product with excellent thermal properties.

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Tuesday Dooze – In the Daisies

In Tuesday Dooze on July 6, 2010 at 5:01 am


I just can’t help but picture Tiny Tim singing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” when I look at this picture — Koda, on the other hand, takes these things far too seriously.  Geez, can’t even take a joke…

Top Five Friday: How to Use Garlic Scapes

In Kitchen Tips, Top 5 Friday on July 2, 2010 at 5:01 am


If you’ve been out at a Farmer`s Market in the last couple of weeks, you`ve probably seen bundles of these little curly-cues for sale.  Known as garlic greens, flowers or scapes — they are harvested from the tops of garlic plants at this time of yearby many growers in order to send all of the sun`s energy to the bulb developing under the soil.

Love the look and idea of these things but unsure how to use them?

Well, it’s Top Five Friday, so here are my 5 best ideas for incorporating garlic scapes into your everyday cuisine…

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Tuesday Dooze – Getting a Little Colour

In Tuesday Dooze on June 29, 2010 at 5:00 am

dooze on the deck

Basking on the deck amongst my herbs and tomato pots,taking advantage of the sun`s brief appearance over the weekend.


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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Roasted Tomato & Jalapeno Vinaigrette

In Recipes on June 27, 2010 at 10:18 am


Sometimes you just want a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of oil to lightly dress a salad.  At other times, you need a more substantial, flavour packed multi-purpose vinaigrette/dressing/dip — as you can see, this tasty concoction falls into the latter category.

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Golden Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Tomato-Jalapeno Vinaigrette

In Island Life, Kitchen Tips on June 26, 2010 at 11:30 am


Don’t have a lot on my plate today — as if you didn’t notice.

Lemon, Lime & Orange Ice Cream

In Recipes on June 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm


Cheater (no yolks, no cooking — i.e. fast) homemade ice cream with intense, tangy citrus flavour.

My kinda summertime treat.

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