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  1. A goat you say? I'll do it! The bears eat the garbage and spread what they dont like across the yard , the deer eat anything they like in the garden leaving it ravaged, the birds eat all my seeds - what is one more of nature's lovely creatures! I am in Secret Cove. Are you also somewhere on the 101?
  2. I like the fact that CI has no paid advertising. I was going through the April Gourmet yesterday and the thing that stuck me the most was the adverts. I love that CI has none. I make something from CI at least twice a month. Current faves are the Soups & Stews Winter 2008 and the Best Recipes and Reviews 2008. I love the Cream of Tomato soup recipe and the Chocolate Lava Cake recipe. Sorry no pics but I will try to capture some of my future CI experiments on film:)
  3. I have just returned from a weekend of gardening (and I have the blisters to prove it!) I am starting fresh on land that hasn't seen a rake or a hoe ...well, maybe ever! It is the Sunshine Coast so the land consists of rocks and blackberry bushes....and cedar trees and rocks and more blackberry.... I had a dump truck load of top soil delivered last week and now I dont know if I can afford to buy any plants! I haven't actually planted anything yet. I am still trying to figure out what to do with the blackberry bushes that are choking the life out of everything on the property. (They've
  4. Thanks! I will report back if we make it there. I dont think I will be splurging for the private room!
  5. I am thinking of making reservations for a birthday dinner at Yew. I was wondering if anyone had been lately and what you thought of the place. I tried to search the forums for Yew but didnt come up with anything. I am curious if it is "all that and a bag of chips" as some friends have mentioned. Thanks.
  6. Wow. Thanks run2eat! Brilliant links - I totally appreciate it!
  7. Thanks Karole! So many wines so little time....we will probably still be in Naramata on the 1st - any suggestions for the weekend in Kelowna area? Where does one look for all the info on the tastings and dinners like the above-mentioned Cedar Creek event? Thanks again for the advice.
  8. Hi, I am looking for advice on what to do during the wine festival. We already have accommodations but other than that - it is all up in the air. I am meeting friends and would like to plan one decadent dinner - any suggestions? We will be based in Kelowna. Am I too late to book something spectacular? I am really looking forward to it as I have spent the past year drinking BC wines...last summer a friend in Nelson asked me to find him a case of Dirty Laundry riesling. I did find it, and drink it and the rest is history! I am learning a lot - slowly. My current faves are the Dirty Laundry,
  9. easternsun

    Toast toppings

    Toast is a subject close to my heart. Faves include: Sourdough toast soliders with runny egg yolk Pumpkin & rice loaf- double toasted, smeared with avocado and tahini Whole wheat toast with melted sharp cheddar and a dash of L & P's W sauce...sometimes this one gets a tomato Fluffy shoku pan (Japanese wonder bread) toasted with the butter on the toast in the oven toaster and thin layer of strawberry jam Toast with kaya Toast with half kaya and half nutella But the winner is fresh baguettes lightly toasted with lots of butter and vegemite. Guily admission: in uni, I ate toasted pump
  10. Thanks for all the replies. I havent been able to post due to p/c problems. I have become accumstomed to having guests in the kitchen when I cook.....all sorts of creatures including bats that swoop in from the open living space and garden. My husband hates bats because when he was 12 years old a bat flew in his mouth. How is that for an egullet story? I think they are kind of cute but then again I never had one in my mouth. I bought a few cookbooks and have been experimenting a lot with Malaysian, Indian, Vietnamese and Indonesian cooking. The ingredients are available and cheap - it ha
  11. Nakji , What? You didnt try to fix his broken foot with a little tiny splint?? I bought a special sponge for the surfaces and wiped up leaving a bit of a soap film over everything and the ants do not like it. I watched them as they came up to the soapy areas and spun around like little bumper cars when they got too close. This is my new best defense. I didnt have any lizard issues yesterday but I did get a big flying insect up the nose as I spun around from the sink to check the pasta in its last minutes on the stove. All I could think was - flying thing in nose but hey! the pasta will b
  12. Great story! I am just keeping everything (except the garlic) in the fridge but I wont be surprised one day if I find someone/thing in there too. We arent out to eat bugs but these days when we find one in or near our food we just yell "protein!" When I lived in India I devised this method of keeping food in my room - sealed things that hadnt been opened only, wrapped in cling wrap, in a plastic bag, in a plastic jar with a seal. It worked but what a lot of effort just so that I could have munchies in my room! I think your point is so valid. Nothing can be done so just live with the critt
  13. Hi Nakji It is nice to know I am not the only one playing "keep the ants out"! I love the geckos although at least once a day I am startled by a little green lurker who darts out from behind the fridge, under the toaster, etc. I talk to them too Today it was "Now I am just going to get some milk from the fridge so dont poo in the coffee!" I never used to like muesli but it is great for filling up our tummies when it is too hot to move, let alone make an omelette. Expat prices *do* suck but there are so many self-catering tourists here willing to pay.....the shops are making a fortune I r
  14. Bless! Thanks so much for the reply. We are in Kerobokan just outside Seminyak. I guess part of my hygiene issues are due to the fear of "Bali belly" and me being the one to give it to people! I will take some cooking courses later this month and do a tour of the fish market in Jimbaran and the vegetable markets as well. Everything is so new and I havent got the language skills yet to make a friend who will show me the ropes. All in good time I guess! I am going back for OShogatsu and you better believe I am coming back with a suitcase full of pots, utensils and possibly my Le Creuset gri
  15. Hello and greetings from Bali, My husband and I have gone out on the limb of a coconut palm and moved ourselves to Bali in Indonesia. So far, things have been great! We have been keeping track of all our favourite restaurants and eats and I hope (if the wireless network gods bless me) to be able to share our findings with you all really soon. The figurative honeymoon is over and it is time for me to start cooking again. Eating out, although cheaper than cheap, will quickly put us in the poor house if we are not careful. I have attempted three meals so far. A Japanese chicken curry, a chic
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