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  • Birthday 05/22/1952

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    Naramata overlooking Lake Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada

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  1. Ahh, Bisto! The Gravy Mix

    I have the beef too so will give that a try. Thanks
  2. Ahh, Bisto! The Gravy Mix

    Made our first batch of chicken gravy. Very easy. The flavour is quite bland...I even added some salt believe it or not. i think if I made it with some of my concentrated home made stock it would be better. Need to play around with it.
  3. Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

    I will take some pictures for you. you still have time to plant some, if you have some that is
  4. Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

    The Sea Island Peas which I got from Anson Mills have come up! :-))) Planted them about 10 days ago. They were no where to be seen this morning but with some sun they popped up after lunch. I planted another lot. It would be great if I could get a nice crop.
  5. The Bread Topic (2016-)

    I made Julia Child's hamburger bun recipe. She says to make it in the food processor. I started with that but the dough was so stiff I was concerned my machine would pack it in so switched the dough to my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook. They take awhile to make with all the dough rising and they are larger than the kind of buns we prefer. My first attempt at buns so pleased with how they turned out.
  6. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Parsnip puree (they were steamed in the IP then pureed in the Vitamix with a spot of cream/milk and chive flower butter); roasted asparagus in CSO on steam bake with a mixed herb compound butter; Keller's pan fried duck breast with a little orange sauce. The duck recipe always seems to work well.
  7. eG Cook-Off #77: Asparagus, the Spear of Spring

    I much prefer the thick stalks and yes, peeling them is essential.
  8. I don’t really eat chocolate. Nor do I usually eat sweets. I haven’t a clue about candy making nor tempering chocolate (although I understand it is hard to do.). BUT, good Lord, you folks are amazing! Hummmm, perhaps I am missing something.
  9. Grocery Shopping

    So, my freezers are full. My fridge is pretty buff. I go to the store for a few things. So tempted by various good looking stuff which I would normally have purchased but I resisted probably for the first time. Gotta keep it up. Sheesh
  10. Just keep a n extinguisher handy.
  11. Ahh, Bisto! The Gravy Mix

    I ordered mine from amazon.ca and it took maybe two weeks.
  12. Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

    Wish I knew this when I had peonies
  13. Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

    I have used it in salads. Deb Madison has a number of recipes using it in sauces and soups. She often pairs it with sorrel. I will probably make a soup with it, the sorrel and potatoes/small pasta pieces. The plant is so big. I think I will have to cut it back a bit.
  14. Gardening: (2016 – 2017)

    We have two short rows of Cab Franc; the rest is split between Merlot and Pino Gris. We use single cordon pruning. And yes, we make our own wine using the two reds together and then the white