Inspired Writing and a Berry Good Bike Ride

Inspired Writing and a Berry Good Bike Ride

Several times over the past few weeks it has occurred to me how much I miss my writing practice.  I know that even for those who make their livelihood from writing, it’s often difficult to actually sit down with pen to paper, but I have been negligent for a good 6...
She Sells Sea Salt By The Sea Shore

She Sells Sea Salt By The Sea Shore

While amateur cooks may still believe that salt is salt, for most of the chefs and foodies among us sea salt is a staple in the kitchen, key to finishing any dish with extra flavour and a bit of added crunch. Salt in general has earned a bad reputation in recent years...
What Is So Exciting About BC Spot Prawns?

What Is So Exciting About BC Spot Prawns?

As we wrap up the 2017 BC Shellfish Festival in Courtenay, BC, we also near the end of another season for our beloved Spot Prawns. I remember clearly the first time that I cooked them, sitting at a picnic table in Goldstream Provincial Park, just outside of Victoria...
Are You Ready for a Private Chef Experience?

Are You Ready for a Private Chef Experience?

While many people would assume that having a private chef serve you in your own home would be nothing short of amazing, others might be intimidated by the thought of someone else in their kitchen.  Will they be poking through your...
Gourmet Trails in Cumberland, BC

Gourmet Trails in Cumberland, BC

After sitting at my computer for far too long the other morning, and with three straight days of paperwork behind me, I jumped in my Jeep and hit the road. Not exactly the open road, or the long and winding road, or the yellow brick road, or…… forget it!  I was in...
Traditionally Aged Balsamic on Vancouver Island

Traditionally Aged Balsamic on Vancouver Island

On a recent Island winery tour, I was excited and yet baffled to find one of the Cowichan Valley vineyards, Venturi-Schulze, producing an incredible “Traditional” balsamic vinegar, using ancient Italian methods and aging longer than most wines. How could we have not...
6 Reasons for a Foodie Detour on Vancouver Island

6 Reasons for a Foodie Detour on Vancouver Island

First of all, why are all “lists” that get posted made up of 5 or 10 items?  I am sure that the “Top 10” list goes back in history and you can find a detailed analysis somewhere based on the ability of the human brain to process a specific number of items.  Either...
Comox Harbour Charters, Crabs, & Wetlands

Comox Harbour Charters, Crabs, & Wetlands

Although I am not new to fishing or sailing on open waters, the Prairie Girl in me is still thrilled whenever I’m invited to join the crew of a boat. Any boat. Even if it is -2 degrees C on February 1st, at 8:00 in the morning! Now to be fair, it was a gorgeous,...