Hot & Sour Soup

One of our family’s favourite soups is Hot & Sour Soup, slightly spicy, sweet & sour with just a few ingredients; this is perfect for a light meal. There are some additions that do make it more authentic, but even this very basic version makes for a very happy meal. I can remember many busy…

Persian Potato Cakes ~ Kookoo

We went out in the boat this week for a late afternoon trip over towards the Secretary Islands.   So often the channel between Thetis and the small island group is very choppy, but that day it was beautifully calm. We were able to look at all the amazing rock formations, centuries old yew trees, and…

Spicy Carrot Dip

We are in the midst of having the exterior of our house painted. A few years ago we painted the barn, checking that we liked the colours we’d chosen. We decided to change the door colour, yet we haven’t gone to the back of the barn to re-do the stall panels. The only time we…

Bombay Chicken Cups

This is a delightful little appetizer that is refreshing, and nutritious. It works well in any season, is easy to prepare, and different enough to interest your guests. At a recent dinner, we set out a platter of four-dozen of these, and the platter was emptied within 10 minutes. They are truly a little nibble. Light and fresh,…

Pea & Edamame Dip

It’s spring! Time to set aside thoughts of roasted roots, and go for the green. We sat outside after a full day of sunshine and working outside. Even though it was early April, the temperature made us so aware of summer days around the corner. I had spent a few hours, getting the porch ready,…