Trolling for Turnips

I am slowly swirling my spoon back-and-forth and around my bowl of soup – looking for the good stuff. It’s homemade soup. We are having lunch at the Farm. We really like homemade soups. Both the creativity of the making and enjoyment of the eating are experiences to be relished. Most of our homemade soups…

Legendary Potato Salad

I’m not a big fan of potato salad. I mean the ones you get from the supermarket. They’re potato-ey all right, but the dressing is usually thin and vinegary tasting. Completely uninspiring. No thanks. Then I married into a family of inspired potato salad makers. Multigenerational. It started with, “No one makes potato salad like…

Cuban Sandwich

I’m having a Cuban sandwich for lunch. I’m savouring it. I’m leaning over the table, both hands wrapped around the bread, trying to keep the contents from falling out. It’s so-o-o good. Every bite brings back a flood of memories. I haven’t had a Cuban sandwich for about 40 years. I live on the west…

Icemaker Blues

I love our little countertop icemaker. It just keeps cranking out ice into its little basket, load after load, nine cubes at a time. Rattle-rattle-rattle – there’s another batch! The machine can almost keep up to us during happy hour. But, then, we like to use lots of ice. We usually stock a few extra…

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…