West Coast Shell Fish Bowl

West Coast Shell Fish Bowl

Nothing taste better than a bowl of fresh caught BC shellfish. Simply clean the shrimp and scrub the shells and set in bowl with some ice. Fine chop a few garlic cloves, rib of celery, small cooking onion, white end of a leek, Dice 4 strips of bacon, one potato, one carrot. In a solid bottom pot add 2 tbs of olive oil and sauté the veg and bacon. Add a few pinches of thyme, oregano, tarragon and  bay leaf. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper. About 10 minutes. Add the shell fish and sauté coating by lightly mixing from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Add one tbs of butter...
Supreme Green Bean Salad!

Supreme Green Bean Salad!

Supreme Green Bean Salad! Lightly steam blanche the beans and chill in a ice bath. Towel dry and toss together with some fresh ground pepper, kosher salt to taste, virgin olive oil, redwine vinegar, just a spash! Some fine slices of bermuda onion, rippped fresh basil. Arrange on a plate and let there be beans! Enjoy!    
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

        My aunt Marie was quite a baker and she would tell me that her style of baking was mostly the old fashioned no recipe scratch method. As I grew older watching my aunts bake I would make rehearse making some of their baked goods from some of these handed down recipes. They were always well received by friends and this fresh fruit cobbler was my favourite. I still make this simple dessert and find it hands on friendly to prepare. This cobbler recipe is particularly good with strawberries and rhubarb, but you can use any fruit combinations....
Blue Ribbon Pickled Peaches

Blue Ribbon Pickled Peaches

        Blue Ribbon Pickled Peaches Back when I was a youth living on Beach Ave. you could make your way to the east end of Hastings Street where it met the Trans Canada #1 At this junction you could join the line up to thumb a ride into BC’s interior. It was very easy to get around if you new the hitchhiking etiquette back then. I was just 20 years old and was looking for adventure. I had only seen the Okanagan Valley from a window when passing through and wanted to explore the region thoroughly. Its was a balmy July weekend and I made my way into...
Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

        Bread and Butter Pickles   Back when I was a young lad I had a paper route and lots of chores to tend too for making some pocket money. One laborious task was helping weed and water my mom’s extensive garden. The water nourishment for sustaining this garden was collected from rain and the winters melting snows which filled a small in ground pond. Before my mom would utilize that source she would haul pails of water from a stream that ran through our back yard property. This was a daily chore I hated the most. To make this task a little...