Island Table Category

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

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

Island Dish – Fondue with Friends

by Laura Waters – Snowdon House, Gourmet & Gifts – Christmas is a very busy time of year. We seem to fill the whole month of December and then have nothing on the radar come January. It seems to me it would be much nicer if we could even it out throughout the year more and not wait for special occasions to come for us to entertain. I was recently at a friend’s home where we enjoyed a raclette dinner. A grill sits in the centre of the table andRead More

Posted On October 31, 2019By seasideIn Island Table, Regulars

Island Dish – Lamb and Eggplant Stew

by Christopher Compton – The days are getting shorter and it’s finally the time of year where you can enjoy warm soups and stews. This recipe is inspired by my old chef Castro Boateng and a dish he would make. A warm pot of stew cooking slowly, and filling your house with a tantalizing scent, is one of life’s great pleasures. The combination of ginger, tomatoes and peanut butter may sound a little strange, but it’s a classic West African flavour combination, and creates a rich and pleasantly spiced dish.Read More
by Laura Waters, Snowdon House, Gourmet & Gifts – What an amazing summer. It has flown by like a whirlwind! I am so thankful for where I live and the amazing people that cross my path every day. For the first time I registered with WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and we have had three amazing people throughout the summer from Germany and Argentina. Two of them stayed for five weeks each. They loved mingling with the bed and breakfast people, meeting some of the campers, andRead More