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Easy Festive Drinks To Keep Your Holiday Merry And Bright

Easy Festive Drinks To Keep Your Holiday Merry And Bright

Happy Holidays! This year more than many others I am simplifying plans and focusing on quality time with my family and if time permits, a little downtime for myself. Whether you’re like me and working through most of the holidays or simply want to relax […]

Oyster Stew-West Coast Oysters, East Coast Stew!

Oyster Stew-West Coast Oysters, East Coast Stew!

Oyster stew is a traditional dish on the East Coast of North America. It’s popular to have on Christmas Eve but also other times of year too. I think it’s a great traditional recipe that we should adopt here on the West Coast because we have an abundance of these fresh and delicious bivalves too. Oyster stew is rich, silky, luxurious and full of briny umami flavour. It’s simple and easy with only a few ingredients and if you like oysters, I highly recommend you give this a try!

Albacore Tuna Ceviche With A Side Of Guacamole

Albacore Tuna Ceviche With A Side Of Guacamole

Fun Mexican style recipe, Tuna Ceviche with BC Albacore Tuna. Serve with crispy tortilla chips and some endive spears for dipping, this makes a great party platter that can accommodate almost any diet and all the preparations can be made ahead, leaving you time to relax and enjoy the party.

Wild West Coast Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Style! (Coctel De Camarones)

Wild West Coast Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Style! (Coctel De Camarones)

Have you tried classic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail before? This past weekend I lucked into an impromptu girls night and because it was last minute and everyone had been ridiculously busy with various things all week, we didn’t want to stress about dinner or do anything […]

Sorrel Pesto, Bright, Citrusy, Delicious And Easy

Sorrel Pesto, Bright, Citrusy, Delicious And Easy

One of the big perks of living on Canada’s West Coast is our mild winters. We are well into November now and my sorrel is staging a comeback after the heat and dryness of the summer had decimated it.  I thought I better use it […]

Beet Borscht Inspired By Grandma’s China

Beet Borscht Inspired By Grandma’s China

I am going to start this by saying borscht is one of my favourite soups.  For me, borscht is a comforting sweet and savory red beet soup, often with beef simmered until falling apart tender but there are many variations and I didn’t even realize […]

Cauliflower Mushrooms And Wild Mushroom Gratin

Cauliflower Mushrooms And Wild Mushroom Gratin

While out mushrooming recently, my husband found a real treasure, a cauliflower mushroom.  We have found them before but it’s been awhile as they are not as prolific as many of the other mushrooms around here but the fun thing about them is that they […]

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Cake With Cardamom

Easy Apple Brown Sugar Cake With Cardamom

Apple Brown Sugar Cake is a quick apple cake that is bursting with the freshness of 2 cups of chopped fresh apples, rich with brown sugar and eggs and scented with cardamom. This apple cake is firm enough to wrap in squares for kids lunches but sweet and luscious enough to serve with coffee or as dessert with some whipping cream or ice cream.

Chickens In The City

Chickens In The City

It’s World Egg Day!!!  Do you raise chickens on a city lot? Ever wanted to?  Many cities and towns now allow people to raise small flocks of chickens on regular city or town sized lots.  Katie and Angela of Creekside Produce have been raising them for years […]

Fall(en) Apples And Easy Apple Beignets

Fall(en) Apples And Easy Apple Beignets

There are three foods that make me feel all the fall feels, pumpkins, wild mushrooms and apples.  While some apples are ready in late summer, my little apple tree finishes in the fall.  This year my apples were ready to start picking in late September […]