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…

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.…