Recipes for Trouble

Vancouver Island Food

The air….aromatherapy with the smell of lilacs salt water honeysuckle and the light gold at the edges of the day swathes of green sloping up to robin’s egg blue sky flowers in front of every house, an embarrassment of riches and of the course the ocean (succulent Fanny Bay oysters fried up and loaded…

Recipes for Trouble

Harvest Queen

When I was a teenager, fresh and angry with newfound feminism, I did the strangest thing. I agreed to compete in the Harvest Queen Festival. This was a yearly fundraiser for my church. A lineup of girls had to sell raffle tickets, compete in a talent competition, and attend the Harvest Ball wearing a…

Recipes for Trouble

A Freezer Full of Perogies

My mother and I have not always been close. There was a time when, passing through Vancouver (where I lived for ten years), she’d call me from the airport. She’d been to visit my brother in Seattle. She’d tell me what a lovely time she’d had, and how there hadn’t been time to call…