Category Archives: Events

Downton Abbey’s Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

Last night, I was invited to dinner and  showing of Episode 1 Season 3 of Downton Abbey, a casual Sunday night with friends. They roasted  the Rosemary lemon chicken, a free range tender and tasty bird from Metchosin, raised with … Continue reading

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2012 Fawn growing fast, eating all my flowers and bushes

The doe must have heard that Jules the Jack Russell terrier was no longer on duty here in Victoria BC, since he got a transfer and huge promotion in March as guardian of  the  orchard in the Garden of Eden. … Continue reading

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Voodoo doughnuts earns Guinness record for biggest box

Good things come in pink boxes and the larger the box the better. The largest box of doughnut ever just earned Voodoo the Guinness record last Saturday. Of course, the box was pink! I happened to be there a few … Continue reading

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Rare bright red lobster looks cooked but it still lives…

By Greg Burchell (from the National Post July 06, 2011) When a Quebec grocery store opened a shipment of lobsters, one of the crustaceans looked like it had already been boiled and was ready to eat — until it started … Continue reading

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South-Western Cuisine Class by Andy Food

I travelled all the way to Phoenix  for this cooking class (not quite…), and considering the unexpectedly cool temperature and heavy rain, standing behind the furnace was actually the place to be. First, we got a lesson on different peppers’ … Continue reading

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10 kg of White Chanterelles

Recipes including Chanterelles: Chanterelle omelet Chanterelle tart Chanterelle quiche . . Chanterelles in butter and parsley What do we do with 10 kg of white chanterelles? First, I air-dry them  spread on trays for a day especially if they were … Continue reading

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Chti dinner, from the North (of France)

I visited my sister in France this summer on her farm in the country. The 200 +year old farmhouse attracts family and friends and there was not a day with less than 15 for dinner. In most household this would … Continue reading

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Icelandic Delicacies: Puffin, Whale, Foal and Fermented Shark

The Atlantic Puffin forms part of the national diet in Iceland, where the species does not have legal protection. Puffins are hunted by a technique called “sky fishing”, which involves catching low-flying birds with a big net. The meat is … Continue reading

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Icelandic gourmet fares

Four days in Iceland were not nearly long enough to discover all the fine foods grown , raised or fished  locally. The island is a gourmet’s paradise providing  staples of very high quality and most unusual choices for the daring … Continue reading

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Bistrot Le Paradou in Provence

This  Provençal bistrot is the the best find. I noticed it on approach to Fontvieille, a small town near the Roman town of Arles, where my dad spends his holiday in August. I thought I should make it a point … Continue reading

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Markus’ Wharfside, possibly the best on Vancouver Island

Anchored the sailboat behind the breakwater in Sooke basin last night after an 80 nautical miles ride from Effingham Bay in Barkley sound. Quickly inflated the dinghy and left it at the Government dock, and walked up the few steps … Continue reading

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