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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

Wise About Spot Prawns

The spot prawn season runs just under two months, and it's such a treat to find them fresh and live right off the boat. If you're unfamiliar with spot prawns and have lived most of your // read more

Spot On for Spot Prawns

It's May on the west coast, and that means spot prawns are in season. Held up as an icon of sustainability, the sweet crustacean, and the largest prawn fished on the coast, is a chef and // 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

Road Trip. Vancouver Island, Highway 101, Olympia, Washington

Whether you prefer a Vancouver Island wine trip or an exploration of the various thrift stores along the way, a restful reward mid-island lies at the Crow & Gate pub. Located on ten // read more

Roasted Onions for Roasted Onion Soup

I'm a sucker for good looking produce. When I'm out at Michell Farms in Saanich I can't resist the boxes and bags of vegetables grown on their vast acreage. But often with impulse bulk // read more

Corn Chowder

That luscious corn from Saanich has to be used up and there's nothing better to take the chill out of the air these days than a hearty corn chowder. Get your mise en place ready. 3 - 4 // read more

Chanterelles. Heralding the Return of Autumn

Every year, the August long weekend brings a chill in the morning air. A sure sign of autumn to come.  We've had blazing summer days and nights this year, and I don't want to move on, but // read more

Tomato Meet Oven

Stepping into the tomato world of SunWing Farm is like stepping into an alternate universe. While I could go for any of their first rate heirloom varieties, for my first foray into // read more