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Vodka-Soaked Tipsy Tomatoes

February 12, 2016

Happy Valentines Day! Here's an easy-to-make, three ingredient boozy tomato appetizer just in time for you to whip up a batch for your lover (or your fine self) this holiday weekend. However, I really think these vodka-soaked Tipsy Tomatoes work for lots of celebrations throughout the year - per…

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Where to Eat on Vancouver Island - Oceanside

August 11, 2015

I'm happy to be back again as a guest blogger with Food Bloggers of Canada as part of their 2015 cross-country restaurant round-up featuring great places to eat across Canada. When you're looking to really get into the food of a city or region, these overviews are a great way to catch of glimpse…

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Urban Garden 2015 and a 'Grate' Little Giveaway

July 6, 2015

It's finally summer here on the west coast, and we went straight to the hot and dry stage early this year. Lawns are brown and crispy and unfortunately there are forest fires burning from Saskatchewan all the way west to Vancouver Island. The only things getting watered these days at my house ar…

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West coast farm-to-table dining at Radius Food Co.

March 16, 2015

When I first heard word of the March 2015 opening of Radius Food Company, Central Vancouver Island's newest local restaurant, I was immediately intrigued. It's the kind of fresh, farm-to-table British Columbia cuisine I've been craving, and instead of opening hours away in a Vancouver, Victoria …

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Dunk A Foodie for the Food Bank

June 29, 2014

Are you heading to Parksville's famous Canada Day celebration on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island on Tuesday? Come and Dunk a Foodie for the Food Bank!

The brains behind the Parksville/QB Eat Out Restaurant Guide, which I was proud to write early this year, will be hosting a dunk tank located …

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Springtime in my urban kitchen garden

June 13, 2014

 

 I've been so busy with digging out, preparing and replanted my entire backyard edible kitchen garden for the past month that I haven't sat down to write about it. I have been taking lots of pictures, though, and now I can take a few minutes to share what I've decided to grow this year (some exp…

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Live Below The Line Day 4 - Eating on $1.75 as a team

May 1, 2014

 

It's Day Four of the Live Below The Line Challenge poverty awareness campaign and Team Devour & Conquer Poverty is going strong (well, going anyway... we're a little weakened and lacking energy). With the end in sight and tomorrow being the final day of the challenge to eat only $1.75 each in fo…

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Live Below The Line Challenge Update - Our Team

April 29, 2014

We're going strong with the Live Below The Line Challenge and I wanted to take a little time to introduce our local team and talk about how the challenge of only eating $1.75 in food each day is working for us seven so far.

Team Devour & Conquer Poverty

Who we are:

Myself, a food writer along…

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Almost Spring... A winter kitchen garden update

March 17, 2014

Spring is close (right?!). It's been one hell of a winter for much of North America and I'm sure I'm not the only one who is craving warm sun, blue skies, fresh buds and green shoots. Vancouver Island is starting to grow again after what I hope is the last of the snow and new plant shoots are appe…

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Tea Sparrow Review, Discount and Giveaway

March 6, 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love getting things by mail. When I was little I always wanted to be the one checking our mailbox when the little red flag popped up (ah, days gone by when we all had a mailbox of our own). As an adult with the vast majority of my work being done in fro…

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Kale and Quinoa 'Pasta' Salad

February 5, 2014

 

Trying to cook seasonally in the winter is a lot more difficult than the summer, obviously. My backyard kitchen garden is still sleeping, except for a few brave green kale and swiss chard plants that have continued to put out new leaves all winter through snow and frost.

I'm trying not to pic…

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DIY Olive Oil Tasting Party

November 18, 2013

Ah, olive oil. We use in our cooking, we drizzle it on our salads, but do we really take the time to think about what kinds of olive oils we like, and what flavours best match our personal preferences?

California Olive Ranch, the largest North American grower and processor of olive oils, wants to c…

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Foraging for wild Chanterelle mushrooms

November 6, 2013

One of my favourite things about fall on Vancouver Island is my annual wild mushroom forage with a great friend who has lived here his whole life. He and his family have been kind enough to share their fall mushroom hunts with me for the past few years, and I look forward to the search with much c…

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Growing oyster mushrooms at home, Day 4

October 28, 2013

As I mentioned in my last kitchen garden post, I have finally decided to try out the Grow Your Own Oyster Mushroom kit I got back in June at Eat Write Retreat. There are lots of these little boxes popping up in stores across North America, and I've been very curious to see how one works at growing…

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October in the Kitchen Garden

October 16, 2013

The harvest has started winding down on Vancouver Island, and my backyard kitchen garden was looking a little empty and sad.

That unexpected hit of Late Blight tomato fungus that killed my entire tomato crop (along with many of my friends and neighbours) was a pretty big bummer. It was also a good…

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An epic Thanksgiving feast at the farm

October 15, 2013

Every fall something magical happens at a Central Vancouver Island farm, and I was once again lucky enough to be invited this year to be part of a unforgettable Thanksgiving feast.

Nestled in the forested foothills of Mount Arrowsmith, our foodie friend Jesse's Outrageous Edibles & Bedibles plant …

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Deez Bar & Grill for hot wings and good times

October 3, 2013

It's October Restaurant Roundup time, and this month Food Bloggers of Canada across the country are highlighting great spots to find that irresistible bar food - wings!

When I started asking around for recommendations of a good place for wings in Central Vancouver Island, one name popped up again a…

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Bacon by the truckload from Extreme Eatz Food Truck

August 11, 2013

It's time for August's cross-country Restaurant Roundup from Food Bloggers of Canada writers and in keeping with summer travels and vacations, this month's theme is Food Trucks!

Vancouver Island's roadways are slowly being filled with a variety of restaurants on wheels, with the famous orange Tacof…

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Food appears and Spike returns - a mid-July kitchen garden update

July 16, 2013

After a busy June full of travel, it's been nice to have a few weeks back at home, working and enjoying summer on Vancouver Island. And it's also been nice to be able to keep an eye (and hands) on how my backyard kitchen garden is doing.

It's starting to look like the hot weather we're getting …

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Vancouver Island ice cream with roof-top entertainment

July 14, 2013

When lists of 'what to do' on Vancouver Island pop up, Coombs' Old Country Market almost always gets a mention. And no visit is complete without a stop at the Ice Cream Shoppe and a viewing of the local on-site 'entertainment'.

The town of Coombs is located in Central Vancouver Island on the high…

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