I found time to do holiday baking recently and wanted to make shortbread, but could not decide whether it should be savoury or sweet. Because the style of shortbread I like to bake is not difficult. . .
Festive, savoury tarts are on the menu today, and they incorporate vegetables plentiful at this time of year. These tarts are not difficult to make and the process begins by using a type of pastry . . .
Tis the season for cookbook giving. After writing about the recently published Wickaninnish Cookbook this past Sunday, today I’ll let you know about three other Canadian cookbooks that also have a . . .
I was in my basement recently and noticed my slow cooker sitting on a shelf — I realized I hadn’t used it in a while. That changed when I received a request from a reader for a recipe made in that . . .
A reader recently asked me for a meat-pie recipe, and I decided to make one that saw a classic French dish baked inside rich pastry. It’s a splendid creation one might serve for a casual dinner for. . .
B.C.-grown squash is in season and I recently incorporated that vegetable into recipes for tacos and soup. Today, I continue to show squash’s versatility by giving it the lead role in a Southeast . . .
Halloween is still a week away, but parties will start this weekend and carry on until the spooky day is here. If you’re going to one and want to bring something sweet to share, consider making my . . .
If you’re in the mood for a stick-to-the-ribs, comfort-food dish, rich with southern flavours, try making gumbo. It’s a Louisiana Creole specialty that has long been popular in New Orleans and its . . .
When I was growing up, I ate the same kinds of sandwiches other children did, such as peanut butter and jam. But there was one type of sandwich I would sometimes bring to school for lunch that my . . .
Omelettes are popular, and proof of that can be found on menus of breakfast/brunch joints around Victoria. Many of those eateries offer several types and at busy times cooks will be making several . . .
Readers occasionally ask if I can create a recipe for a dish they tried while dining out. I oblige them when I can. A reader named Tom, who lives in Chemainus, wondered if I could create a recipe . . .
When deciding what recipe to prepare for this week's Sunday Dinner column, I looked at the weather forecast and cheered. My joy was not caused by a prediction of more hot, dry and sunny weather — . . .
If you want to make a savoury tart, but don’t have a fancy, fluted, false-bottom tart pan, go the more rustic route and make a galette. It’s a free-form style of tart where you roll out pastry or . . .
If you plan to serve burgers this B.C. Day long weekend, forget about cooking those frozen beef patties produced goodness knows where. Instead, celebrate your love of our province and a good burger. . .
A popular way to create a summer meal is to grill a protein on a barbecue and serve it with a salad. I did that recently, focused on using in-season ingredients, and ended up creating a flavourful,. . .
The other day, I saw first-of-the-season Vancouver Island-grown raspberries on sale at my corner grocer and they reminded of a dessert I’ve been meaning to try. So I picked up a few pints of them . . .
When I barbecue chicken pieces and flavour them Mediterranean-style, with such things as olive oil, lemon, spices, herbs and garlic, I’ll often serve them with grilled vegetables. The two pair well. . .
While writing this column, I was sipping a splendid cup of tea steeped from leaves that did not come from a far-off place. That tea was grown, harvested and processed a mere 75 kilometres from my . . .
Readers routinely ask if I have, or could create, a recipe for a dish they would like to try. Sometimes, it will be something they had in a restaurant or saw on a cooking show. Other times, it will. . .
If you like sushi, tried to make it home and things fell apart, not rolling the way you had hoped, try a simpler approach. Rather than pack and fit the rice, seafood and other ingredients inside a . . .
I bought some first-of-the-season rhubarb at a farm market, not knowing how I would prepare it. That planning started on my way home, and my first I thought was to make a dessert with it, maybe a . . .
I desired a sandwich for lunch the other day and decided to make with it foods grown or produced on the Island. It’s Earth Day this Sunday and perhaps that sandwich would be something others would . . .
If you enjoy fine B.C. wine and eating food that perfectly pairs with it, let me suggest two splendid ways to do that: One requires you to buy a ticket, get dressed up and attend a fun event that . . .
I enjoy eating lamb, but for some reason, I don’t do it very often. Perhaps that’s because it never seems to be as prominently displayed in grocery stores as other types of meats, such as beef and . . .
A story by Matthew Diebel in last week’s Times Colonist talked about the health risks of eating ultra-processed foods. Diebel cited a European study and described those foods as being produced in . . .
Chinese New Year celebrations started this past Friday and will continue until the next full moon, March 2. It’s not part of my culture, but I still like to cook something Chinese-style to mark the. . .
In winter, I prefer stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, but the spring-like weather of recent days has caused me to lighten and brighten things up. Today’s sunny recipes are the result, and designed . . .
Legendary French chef Paul Bocuse died Jan. 20. He was 91 and will long be remembered for not only serving spectacular French cuisine in his restaurants, but for inspiring others around the world . . .
I went for a walk the other morning, and halfway through, the wind kicked up and rain starting pouring down. By the time I got home, I was soaked and chilled. I should have planned better and worn . . .
If you enjoy fish, stew and mashed potatoes, why not combine all three in a dish and bake until bubbly and golden? Today’s recipe does just that. Because the dish is made in single-serving dishes, . . .
Earthy squash and sweet/tart apple are tastes that work well together, and in today’s recipe, they share the stage with chicken curry. One gets mixed into the curry; the other acts as a base for it. . .
Many recipes I’ve created for this column in the past 20 years started out with a basic idea. For example, today, I wanted to offer a recipe for vegetable-based enchiladas. I wrote that down and my. . .