Island Table Category

by Joan Saunders & Tania Tomasewska – Born and raised on Vancouver Island, I now can admit that I never liked salmon until my late 20s. The problem was that I never had it prepared in a way I enjoyed until I met a good friend who became my “salmon sensei.” A fisherman and teacher, he taught me that salmon doesn’t need to be complicated and should never, ever be cooked too much or it becomes dry and – according to me in my early years – tastes like sawdust.Read More

Posted On January 30, 2020By seasideIn Island Table, Regulars


by Joan Saunders – It’s February and our thoughts turn to … chocolate. This well-loved, bitter, rich, decadent, delicious ingredient is an extremely versatile kitchen staple as it can move from savoury to sweet, from main course to dessert. One of the best ways to show some love, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, is to cook for family and friends. Cooking for others is a clear indicator of affection and, no matter if you’re an adventurous cook or would rather stick to the basics, there are both simple andRead More
by Tania Tomaszewska – Wine touring in Mexico? You bet! Last month I was lucky to spend time in Querétero and San Miguel de Allende, about a three-hour drive north of Mexico City and in the corazon (heart) of Mexico. In this land of tequila, mezcal and beer, wine consumption and production has traditionally not been a huge part of Mexican life, but enthusiasm and investment are spurring growth in winemaking and enotourism here. Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California (near the U.S. border, just south of San Diego) isRead More

Posted On December 28, 2019By seasideIn Island Table, Regulars

From The Kitchen – Back to Basics

by Joan Saunders – When you invite people over, where do they always end up? Of course they congregate in the kitchen; sometimes they also end up in my way, but I try to be a gracious host. I often make vaguely veiled hints (as I’m generally not subtle at all) like: “Why don’t you head into the living room?” Or, “I’ve got an 18 pound turkey here that’s going to end up on the floor if you don’t move over.” But I appreciate the warmth of a kitchen: theRead More
by Tania Tomaszewska – For many, January is hibernation and recovery. For me, it’s recharging the batteries and new learnings. Visiting a winery to experience its story and terroir ticks those boxes; I highly recommend it. As a few stops in Cowichan Valley keep their doors open during this quiet month, why not explore what’s becoming a distinct appellation in our Wine Islands region? Ultimately, wine is about geography. Latitude, geological history and human geography (who’s making this drop and why?) matter and Cowichan Valley has its own combination ofRead More