A Rainy Day Indoors, Blackberry Pancakes & Ghost Stories From Vancouver Island.

“All was silent as before, all silent save the dripping rain.” Special Weather Statement Issued at 11:01 Friday 21 August 2020 Heavy downpours are likely today over the south coast. An upper disturbance embedded in a southwest flow of moist, unstable air will move across the south coast today. Consequently, widespread showers and isolated embedded…

How To Hygge In The Summer

7 days of sunshine is what the weather report was as of yesterday.  Guess they were wrong, again!  I can’t imagine having to predict the weather on the Pacific Northwest Coast.  It’s temperamental, stubborn and indecisive. It’s a grey rainy June morning and I’m feeling very Hygge even as the Summer Soltice nears. If you’re…

Things I’ve Been Loving

The Chateau Diaries The Chateau De Lelande, a home built in the 16th century is located in the heart of France.  Owned today by a woman named Stephanie it has been lovingly restored and brought back to life over the 15 years she has owned it.  Having spent her life in London Stephanie dreamed of…

A Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

This weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and Autumn has officially landed on the coast bringing rain and yellow and orange leaves underfoot as I walked to work this morning.  It’s one of those grey balmy days here in Vancouver. Wet but without that sharp cold bite you get on clear days. We have two turkey…

Fall Is In The Air & My Quinoa Stuffed Cabbage Roll Recipe

August 26th,  a sunny Monday morning. I stepped outside and immediately felt it; Fall is coming.  Summer was relatively short this year on the coast.  We got a few days of heat-wave like weather then days of rain and sunshine.  Today though, it’s evident. The winds have switched, there’s a bite in the air and…

My Attempt At Persian Chelo-Kebab

One winter evening many years ago my sister called me and asked if I’d like to join her and a friend for Chelo-Kebab.  I had no idea what it was but she assured me it was delicious and that I had to try it.  They picked me up and we drove to the WestEnd of…

Easy Peach Galette

Every Summer my husband’s uncle graciously gifts us a crate of peaches from his organic orchard.  Nothing says summer like sweet juicy peaches.  We usually have way too many so we share them with family or freeze them for breakfast smoothies in the winter.  I cooked a large meal last night and didn’t need to…

A Weekend Journal: Vineyards, Wedding Bells and Buddha Bowl Recipe.

After a whirlwind couple of weeks it feels good to sit in my quiet studio and write.  The rain came early this morning and we moved slowly preparing breakfast smoothies, doing light house cleaning, watering plants; those mundane chores you miss when life is so busy as it tends to get in the summer.  I…