Loving Lentils

I have used lentils to make Dahl Soup and lentils in salads for years, but then I ate a great Lentil Lemon Soup my friend made and asked for the recipe, and now I’m in love with lentils.

Celebrating Strawberries

Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes, turnips, leeks), complimented by tender spring vegetables and berries grace the stalls and tables.

Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts

Sorbets and Sherbets are two sensational iced summer desserts with a vegetarian difference. Both are made with the same base ingredients ie. puréed fruits, sugar and water, but Sherbets can also contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites. Sorbets do not contain any eggs or dairy products and that makes them vegetarian sweets.

Herbal Teas for You and Me

Despite the prevailing myths to the contrary,  caffeine has few proven health benefits. Caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person depending on metabolism and the amount consumed but some people like me experience nervousness and stomach upset when drinking it. Those are  just two reasons why herbal teas are a better beverage choice for me. …

Healthy Snacks for Kids by Kids

As most of the diseases humans of all ages suffer from are self-inflicted and many of them are “food – centered”, parents/caregivers and kids making lunches and snacks together is preventative medicine. Taking to time to make kids part of the food selection and preparation process early on means they learn what their bodies actually…

Summer Lingers – Give Thanks

It’s been a long hot summer and though it’s officially fall, summer weather isn’t over yet.  In August and September the Lower Mainland of B.C.  and Vancouver Island  broke a 119 year dry-spell record. We had only 5 mm of precipitation in September and 2.9 mm in August. The woods are tinder dry and we…

2 Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipes

The key to successful winter gardening is knowing the average date of the first killing frost in your region and planting winter vegetable crops early enough to reach their full maturity before that frost. Gardeners here grow over 20 kinds of hardy winter vegetables. They know what to grow, when to plant (late June to…

Grandma’s Christmas Goodies Tins

The exchange of Christmas Goodies Tins is a family tradition. As my great-grandmother and grandmother had done before them, my mother and her sisters made baked goodies, peanut brittle and fudge every winter.  The goodies they made were stored in Christmas Goodies Tins and gifted to others during the holiday season. 

Blackberry Bars and Chewy Bars

Make this holiday season more personal by baking your own gorgeous gourmet gifts. They don’t take much time to make but are a wonderful way to express your affection. Homemade gifts are the best kind to receive, particularly when they’re edible and nicely packaged in reusable boxes and wrapping paper.

Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Scottish shortbreads are of my favorite cookies. Good shortbread will literally melt when you take a bite. Mocha Shortbread Cookies are popular at Solstice/Christmas parties and great for small gift packages too.

Holiday Eggnog and Eggnog Truffles

Eggnog during Christmas season is a tradition that I share with people from around the world.  Granted I have met a few people who don’t like it but almost everyone I know loves it.  The recipe I have posted below is a very simple one that I have made many times but first some history…

Two Canadian Pumpkin Soups

The frost is still to come but  it’s cold outside and the daylight ends early. When days are short and nights are long I usually think about cooking comfort food. This post contains recipes for two pumpkin soups that my friends and I enjoyed at Canadian Thanksgiving dinner and I hope my readers will try them…

Give Thanks: Roasted Tomato Soup

This is the time of the year making soup  is my thing. While favored for making sauces, pastes, ketchup and for canning, traditional Romas or classic Romas were never really sought after for their flavor to be eaten whole or with salads and sandwiches. This has changed over the years as more flavorful, and sweeter…

Crab cakes with creamy lemon-dill sauce

I found this recipe a couple of years ago on the foodnetwork.com site and smiled because it’s virtually the same recipe we make. To make the best crab cakes, fresh Dungeness Crab or Blue Crab are best. Dungeness crab meat is readily available and it’s a lean, delicious holiday tradition to make and serve crab…

Savory Shrimp Pancakes

On long weekends like this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I prefer to eat brunch, rather than eating both breakfast and lunch, so I make my favorite savory pancakes recipe.

Creamy Spinach, Tomato Tortellini and a Food Safety Quiz

Feasting is a part of visiting with friends that we all enjoy. My girlfriend and I both love pasta and we both prefer preparing quick and easy meals. We decided to make Creamy Spinach and Tomato Tortellini (page jump to recipe) and while we were enjoying it our dinner conversation turned towards food safety.

Pasta Adventures: Lemon Chicken Spagettini

Carocat is seeking some recipes that do not contain either fish or mushrooms. And, Richard is out shopping for some “lively” fresh vegetables. My contribution is this quick, tasty and very easy Chatelaine spagettini recipe that even I have mastered.

Green Cuisine: Recipes Online

In the second installment of the new online Green Cuisine series, UCS talks with chefs David Crooker and Daran Poulin at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Their delicious, healthy, earth-friendly food is earning rave reviews on campus as well as national recognition. We also visit Arnold Luce, the farmer and meat processor who supplies Crooker…

Late Summer Picnic Recipes

We are at the peak of picnic season and I have been trying different commercial brands of “veggie burgers.” I have yet to find one that I like that much. But I do have a summer soup recipe I’d like to share. I find making a pot of soup is the most consistently satisfying cooking…

Peaches: The Most Erotic Fruit

“No fruit is more laden with erotic metaphor” according to Alan Davidson, author of The Oxford Companion to Food.  Included is an easy, simple recipe for peach salsa that can be assembled in minutes, is non-fat and full of vitamins, and utilizes this most marvelous of summer fruits. This is great over any grilled fish,…

Short Order Mom’s Harry Potter Recipes

If you’ve been reading the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series then you may have speculated on what those recipes were for those dishes the Howart’s wizards were eating. Well, shortordermom has published her take on them on her blog Cookies to Caviar just as the Deathly Hallows hits the shelves.

Vegetarian Experiences: A Scrumptious Lunch Menu

When four women vacation together and woo each other with a week of ovo-lacto vegetarian cooking the results are memorable and worth sharing. Menu Creamy Split Pea Soup Tossed Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing Quiche Hollandaise Cracked Wheat Bread Lemon Ice-Box Pie with Sour Cream Topping

Fuel for Fitness

Eating well-balanced meals is an essential part of taking better care of yourself. By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amounts,  and exercising daily you can thrive. When it comes to being healthy and fit there are some basic rules worth paying attention to.