Refilling the paprika shaker

So there I was, making a rub for the meat I was cooking for dinner, and I noticed we were almost out of paprika. I love to add paprika to my rubs. Those that know me, know that I love to cook and also that I’m somewhat, er-r-r, frugal. If I can, I’ll buy ingredients…

Mulgikapsad – the Ultimate Sauerkraut Dish

I can confidently say “ultimate” now that I’ve figured out that there is no one single “correct” recipe for this dish – despite the lengthy heated Facebook threads on the topic. The best one is the one that brings back my own family’s cooking traditions and childhood memories. The name of the dish comes from…

Spicy Fish–Wushan style

“We’re going for spicy fish on Thursday. You’ve got to come along.” * * * Those of us living in the Vancouver area are fortunate to have an amazing palette of international foods to dazzle our palates. This area has become home to so many cultures from around the world and many of the people…

Hummingbird Feeder Wars

“So why are all the hummingbirds at your feeder and none at mine?” The afternoon was warm, the breeze gentle and the shrimp boats were drifting back and forth on the Sea of Cortez. A group of us had gathered, sitting and chatting, on Tom’s patio at his beachfront RV site. The comment had an…

The Smell of Autumn

Autumn does not come gradually. Officially, it started today – at exactly 7:21 this morning, before I’d even had my first coffee. In reality, it came almost a month ago. Autumn came early this year. One late August day I was basking in the heat of summer, fiddling with the controls on the air conditioner.…

Wandering the Trails – Where I can

We’ve been coming to our little campground at Cultus Lake for about 25 years now. Our kids grew up here and we’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. There is a provincial park that surrounds much of the lake along with a number of private resorts and cabins clustered around the water. It…