Choice Cuts & Battle Scars – Life as a Chef

Life as a cook is wrought with danger. Restaurant kitchens are hot and cramped spaces with hot oil, scorching heat and fire at every turn with sharp knives and whirring appliances // read more

Green Pea Guacamole

                               As a cookbook collector, there's always a few books that fall by the wayside, forgotten, gathering dust, at the back of a // read more

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Vancouver Island Must-Reads

A great way to acquaint yourself with a culture is through its food and culinary customs. These three recently published books shine a light on Vancouver Island's food culture and the // read more

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Papalo Guacamole

Papalo, a native herb to Mexico and South America, fell into my hands the other day in Sooke, a far cry from points south. Markus Weiland, chef and owner of Markus' Restaurant in Sooke, was // read more

Finders Keepers/The Wild Foraging Heroes of Vancouver Island – Part Two

Finders Keepers - Part Two If you’ve ever picked blackberries at the side of the road, you’ve engaged in the act of foraging, an act that has sustained peoples and cultures since // read more

Finders Keepers/ The Wild Foraging Heroes of Vancouver Island

Finders Keepers - Part One If you've ever picked blackberries at the side of the road, you've engaged in the act of foraging, an act that has sustained peoples and cultures since time // read more

Roasted Beet Salad, Flowering Cabbage Tops and Spice-Marinated Lamb with Chickpea Stew

A gloomy, overcast day and a craving for Moroccan spices. Not that the two go hand in hand, but spices are proving to be a remedy for our unusually cold spring. So in between writing // read more

Guin’s Magic Crumble Topping

Rhubarb or any fruit, seasonal, fresh or even frozen  is perfect as a crumble. Crumble, crisp or cobbler, the names mean the same, a rustic easy peasy dessert where the fruit is front and // read more