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Fish or eat bait

It's ice fishing season. Have I got everything, rod, tip up, cooler, frost bite remedy, snacks, hand and foot warmers? Yeah that's about it!

No, wait - bait. What'll it be? Worms? The ground is frozen. Minnows? No money. Blew it all on beer. Time to get creative. Take a look in the kitchen and see what else might do.

Voila! Answer to both you and your wife's prayers.

A shrimp ring.

Eggs: Part of My Well-Balanced Diet

Like many people at the beginning of a new year, I started a new year's resolution to eat healthier and exercise more in 2020. Now, nearly 2 months in, I have pretty much cut out any alcohol, try to hit the gym at least 5 days per week, and have been maintaining a balanced diet. The word “diet“ has such a negative connotation to it, because automatically it translates as ”restricting foods”. However, I use the word in the context of what I eat on a daily basis: my diet of food intake.

A weighty matter

It was bound to happen. Finally, my bathroom scale has had a nervous breakdown.

In the post-holiday season, as I started my annual lament on how my clothes were continuing to shrink, my good wife, the Pearl of the Orient, put things in focus for me.

“It's not your clothes, Elliott, it's your gut that the problem!” she stated firmly as she craned her neck and tried to peer around me to get a full view of the TV, and made another snide comment about me hustling my butt out of her line of vision.

Mystery meat

At the Debating Table at the Bakery the other day Rick, the Mountie wannabee, was on a rant. Nothing unusual about that, but the topic was. Seems Rick's sweetie decided to clean out the freezer.

“There was so much stuff in there we had no room to store those prime chickens we raised,” grumbled Rick as he fished a stray spoon out of his coat pocket and glared over at Ziggy

“Store them?" I inquired, "I thought you raised them to sell.”

In memory of snow storms past

Have you noticed? It snowed. . . lots! Space around the debating table at the Bakery in Rainy River was at a premium. The last ones in were the various snow removal enthusiasts. Spiker had taken a day off from his semi-permanent task of tow truck rescues to insure his other long list of clients were no longer snow-bound. He was busy answering cell phone calls from clients he had missed or ones who had their garden gnomes and garbage cans mangled.

Reduce food waste to save money

According to the American Heritage Dictionary the phrase “waste not, want not" was first recorded in 1772, but was derived from an earlier version: "wilful waste makes woeful want” recorded in 1576. In today's world of credit cards, debit cards, and lines of credit, these terms take on a whole new urgency as bills roll in from our holiday spending sprees. One of the most easily influenced home expenses is our food budgets and a few tips in reducing food waste, and thus saving money, is most appropriate in a food column.

Eating less fat for your New Year's Resolution

A popular New Year's resolution is eating healthier and/or having less fat in the foods we eat everyday. Every January we will notice an onslaught of extra people at the gym or on local outdoor running tracks. It seems we all want to be healthy, and sometimes all it takes is some small changes and that are applied gradually to our daily eating habits. Here are a few helpful tips to get you motivated.

Memories of my Grandmother

This past Monday my hometown, Rainy River, Ontario, lost one of its Grandma's… mine…

While the first several decades of her life she lived elsewhere, the past two (or so) she called Rainy River home. But unlike others, she was not known by her actual surname…. Between this column and my Mom, Norma-Jean Johnston, introducing Jean Heard as “Grandma Jean,” that is how everyone knew her!

Grandma bought a beautiful home on the corner of 6th St and River Ave. West… the latter street name saying it all… she loved seeing the river out her front viranda.

West Coast Cauliflower Kedgeree

Happy new year! As of Jan. 1, I became the official Corporate Chef of BC Egg, the marketing board that represents BC Egg Farmers. I am proud to share my first official recipe for them with you: West Coast Cauliflower Kedgeree.

“What is a Kedgeree?” you may be wondering. It is a curried rice dish from the UK and is classically made with smoked haddock and boiled eggs. I have replaced the traditional rice with cauliflower rice and used smoked salmon instead of the haddock, to give it more of a West Coast flare.

Making food prep easier

One of the most common reasons as to why one doesn't cook from scratch more than they currently do is because of how long it takes to prepare ingredients for the meal.

Whether it involves slicing, dicing, measuring, or simply getting ingredients out of the fridge and pantry; let's face it, these tasks require some time.

In a world of horrible pre-cooked, pre-packaged foods that are meant to enhance the schedule of our busy lives, I thought it would be practical to discuss options to make food preparation easier, rather than avoiding it altogether.