The Great Easter Egg Hunt

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

            Easter is just around the corner and time for that age old tradition of dying Easter Eggs. The ethnic origins are boundless with ornate decorations with spiritual meaning or humble designs and down right folk artish. The best thing is to get the children involved in an Easter Egg hunt. Boiling eggs and then using flower petals, rose, daffodils, tulips and fruit dies such as blueberry, cranberry, pomegrante, lemon, lime and orange zest in warm water over a short period will make a good natural colouring agent. Just boil the eggs...
Wild Mushroom Bonanza

Wild Mushroom Bonanza

Wild mushroom Bonanza Living here on the west coast provides us with so many interesting places to walk and hike as well as find hidden natural sources of native herbs, berries and mushrooms. I’ve found sources of asparagus, fiddleheads, watercress, wild berries, wild thyme, lovage and chives. My wife and I have covered a lot of ground here in BC walking, birding and checking out the flora and fauna in several different locations of this beautiful province. A neighbour who spent his whole life here in this area would tell me stories of the amount of fruit that was...
Toby Creek

Toby Creek

                    I was now involved in the Panorama Resort project working for the past two years plus with just a few weekends off and doing the required resort duty manager day and fire duty was fiisicaly draining me down. The third summer was upon us and the mighty Toby Creek was flowing from its glacier tributary to Lake Windermere like raging bull rapids in some sections and a strong current snaking along a flat stretch in another spot. This creek had a world-wide reputation as a first class river too rough water...
Panorama Resort

Panorama Resort

Panorama Resort Lots of things were happening for me as I became more adapted to my profession. I was offered the job of as the executive chef to a soon to be resort owned by Calgary entrepreneur Allan Graham and The Cascade Group. This was a very rewarding position and I had lots of interviews and did several food presentation trials before being accepted. The resort operations manager was Robert Rutter hired especially for his expertise on this project from Spinney’s Support Services in Abu Dhabi. The resort manager was Rodney Darwin from The Gloucestershire House in...
Riddim & Spice Goat curry

Riddim & Spice Goat curry

          It’s time to head south to a warm Caribbean beach for some well deserved rest, relaxation and remove those Canadian winter blues. Our last Holiday at Trelawney Beach Jamaica my wife and I went to a beach party that was held beside a large fire with a well experienced native chef cooking up a serious feast to celebrate friendship. I watched her closely as she masterfully made dumplings in her hand for the oxtail soup. She put her expert touch on a pot of goat curry and the aroma lingered in the still beach air. She had mashed breadfruit...