Some of our Favourite Recipes

Family heirloom recipes, plus creations inspired by local or global foods, sometimes both

As jubilados (Spanish for retirees) and foodies, we frequent farmers’ market and search out creative chefs to zest up our own cooking


Nusfjord rorbuer (rowers’ huts), now a typical form of accommodation on Lofoten

What did Magellan and I eat a lot of in Norway?

Norwegian Arctic Cod. Skrei to the Norwegians.

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“I ran down to your place this morning and stole juniper berries from your kitchen—couldn’t find them anywhere on our way or earlier grocery travels yesterday.” Yikes, I thought when I received this message from Lynn when we were in Norway. Long overdue for a cleanup, my spice cupboard was a bit of an embarrassment. Last week in a rare burst of housecleaning energy, I tackled the job. “A good thing” as Martha would say. Three good things actually—a tidy drawer, a blog source and a new recipe.

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Are you a pasta fanatic or rice aficionado?

Either way, here’s a story for you from Valencia, Spain.

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I can’t remember seeing a Buddha’s Hand when we were in Bhutan. Or in Bangkok. Not in Japan either.

Nor do I remember noticing any in California.

Where I have found lots of them is at Whole Foods in Vancouver. Believe me, they’re worth searching for.

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Alice

In this season, in the silence of night, who among us doesn’t pause, rewinding time back to childhood on Christmas Day?

Among those memories, there’s often a grandmother.

In my case, Grandma Danchuk. Alice. Born 110 years ago, on Christmas Day in 1908.

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Every September since 1995, we’ve been making a shell bean soup recipe from a cookbook by Alice Waters. Today we’re travelling back in time to when I first made this autumn bowl of Italian earthiness—a soup so good it’s usurped the event of that fateful day.

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