The Love of Chocolate

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Michael Levine Chocolate lovers – this is your day. July 7, 2018 is World Chocolate Day 2018. It has been said that the love of chocolate began with the ancient Olmec people, the first major civilization in Mexico. Now, the world has embraced chocolate’s rich and…

Tropaeolum Day

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician, zoologist, and all-around remarkable genius, was famous for naming every plant he met in Latin. In his book, Species Plantarum, he bestowed the name “tropaeolum” on one of my favourite flowers, the nasturtium. I have yet to gain a full understanding…

The Shipyard Food Trucks

If you visit the North Vancouver Shipyards on a late Friday afternoon, you will encounter vivid multi-coloured food trucks cautiously navigating the narrow dockyard roads to find a space to settle. It is “set-up” time for the Shipyards Night Market event that features a marvelous variety of delectable repasts. The preparation is fascinating. Everywhere I…

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day brings back poignant memories of family get-togethers on autumn days that bestowed a gentle chill and vibrant colours. Kitchens became the hub of activity that produced tantalizing aromas hours before the actual dinner. It was impossible not to indulge in sampling. Preparation – that was the best part of…

We Are Farmers At Heart

  My grandparents, on both sides of my family, were farmers. Their lives were governed by the seasons, the weather, the markets and the lives of animals under their care. Only a few of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren remained on the land. We have moved into a new era of food distribution that removes us…

Good Soup & Pure Hearts

“I live on good soup, not on fine words.” Moliere In my research into mythologies concerning roosters, I discovered that the origin of chicken soup came from trying the harness the energy of a rooster.  It was thought that by eating a rooster, the symbol of the sun, the recipient would be infused with vigour…