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Pepper Mill Party Post

Written by on 9th December 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

Is there anything more fun than painting and drinking wine at the same time?  This weekend I had a few new friends and some old friends over to my studio to make some personalized gifts for Christmas in the form of custom painted pepper mills. Now,… I won’t tell you who’s who’s just in case you’re the lucky recipient of one of these mills…but it was super fun and I’m so grateful for all of you who made it out to snowy Langford. Here’s the shiny stash that I’ll be delivering to the ladies tomorrow.  I’d love to do this again in Spring..maybe for mothers day?  Check out these works of art!

040-1If you would be interested in joining my next workshop send me a message and I’ll let you know when it happens!

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BC Wine Selections – Local Love

Written by on 17th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I asked my good friend Tracey, who is incidentally a Sommelier in training in the Okanagan, to hook us up with some great BC wines to carry us through the holidays and New Years!  Wine is a great hostess gift and a virtual necessity at dinner and appy parties so take a sec and read through her suggestions.  I appreciate her thoughtful approach to wine… and I thought you would too…I hope these options help you out during this holiday season!

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Isn’t she fantastic! Here are the links to her selections and some approximate prices. Email any questions for Tracey to me and I’ll put you in touch with her.


1. Summerhill Cipes Ariel 1998 – $85

2. Covert Farms Family Estate ‘Odie’ – $29

Pinot Noir

3. Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 – $16

4. Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 – $25


5. Lang Vineyards Farm Reserve Riesling 2011 – $18

6. Wild Goose Vineyards Stoney Slope Riesling 2011 – $20

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For the Love of Tea

Written by on 28th November 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Here are some more great gift ideas from local Tea Companies! Who wouldn’t love one of these! Click around onto the pictures I’ve linked everything up for your viewing pleasure!

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Take a Coffee Break – Local Coffee Gift Ideas

Written by on 26th November 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I love everything on this post today, the only thing it needs is some vanilla sugar and it’s darn near perfect! How’s your shopping going? I hope these local lists are helping you get creative and SHOP LOCAL:)

Sources mugs / tamper / Salt Spring Coffee / knockbox / Breville /

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Shroom Swoon

Written by on 6th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I attended the Taste of Salt Spring Christmas Craft show this weekend and stumbled upon Untamed Feast a Vancouver Island based company producing wild, gourmet mushrooms. I bought some expecting to try out the recipes over the holidays…but I confess I couldn’t wait.

I tried the Cheesy dip recipe inside this bag of smoked Chantrelles..wow so yummy.

Next I have to dig into these…Porcini’s and Morels…











If you want to know more, or where you can buy the delicious and versatile ingredients click here

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Snack Attack

Written by on 20th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Crispy Curried Chickpeas
This yummy recipe is from Covet Garden, one of my FAVOURITE design magazines and blogs.  Make it this weekend! (Pic is the link as usual)

1 can (540 ml) chickpeas
2 cups sunflower oil for frying
3/4  tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin (ground)
1/2 tsp coriander (ground)
1/8  tsp masala
1 1/4  tsp Cajun spice mix
1/2 tsp salt

Rinse and drain chickpeas then pat dry with paper towel.  In a medium sized sauce pan, heat oil on Med/High heat.
Fry Chick peas in three or four batches until golden brown and crispy (about 3 mins)
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
Once each batch has been fried and blotted but are still warm, toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients.


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Yes, I Wood

Written by on 12th July 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Would you like some wine, cheese and bread?  Check out my latest acquisition…a fab serving platter/chopping block with a natural edge.  The warm colour of the wood and the organic shape make it the perfect accessory for my slightly retro right angled kitchen.

Next Stop Charelli’s on Foul Bay Rd for some amazing local cheese and serrano ham (pic is link to their amazing shop)

Don’t forget some bread from Fol Epi at 398 Harbour Road in Victoria (no website, you just have to go!)

And of course a little wine! In fact, last week I had a wine consultation from a sommelier friend of mine, so I have some exciting white wines chilling that I’ve never tried before!

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Pizza Pot Pie

Written by on 24th June 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Lunch – Saturday – New Favourite? Definitely! (click image for recipe)

If you don’t follow Oh Joy, you really really gotta!

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Feast of Fields

Written by on 15th June 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Feast of Fields – a gourmet wandering harvest festival – is FarmFolkCityFolk’s annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province – some think of it as a 35+ course meal paired with wine and beer! Feast of Fields highlights the connections between producer and chef, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system.

Tickets on sale now (image is the link as usual)

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Halibut Heaven

Written by on 8th March 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

My weekend was well spent.  I helped a good friend find an awesome dress and was rewarded with an amazing Halibut burger from Ferris Oyster Bar and Grill downtown. Thank YOU Thank You Thank You Sandy! Ive been teasing my husband with tales of its delectability so I expect to go back with him…. hmmm….. probably before Friday:) 

On Sunday I went for a long run with my bootcamp group into the Royal Roads Campus (lovely) and finished it off with a little shop stop to Winners in the afternoon.  Go to Ferris Peeps!!! Pic is the link as usual

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