Category Archives: Pender Island Life

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My Bokashi Experiment – Week 1

Recently, the residents of the Southern Gulf Islands, including Pender, as well as everyone living in the Greater Victoria Area (aka the Capital Regional District), were given notice that as of January, 2015, The Hartland Landfill, depository for our region’s garbage will no longer accept kitchen waste of any kind.

While big city/island residents will have the option to have their kitchen waste picked up by a third party service provider, solutions aren’t quite so easy here on the smaller islands. The result has been a passionate, much-needed discussion about how and where we will handle our waste now, and in the future.

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Pender Island Bistro

Pender Island’s newest eatery has been open at the Driftwood Village since early June, and has quickly become my favourite place for lunch and dinner.

Chef Gernot and his partner, front-of-house manager Amanda, have lived on the west coast for many years, and their offerings reflect their extensive knowledge of this corner of the world’s people and our palates.

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Eat That Pumpkin, PLEASE


If you’ve been around Island Vittles for a while, especially if you’re a fan of my Facebook page, you’ll probably know that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkins as an edible.  Oh, I have couple of favouites — my Mom’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, and a pumpkin/peanut soup warms my soul — but I have to say that, as a food blogger, I’ve come to dread October and the “creativity” of some bloggers who work it into everything from coffee to a dessert dip made with puree and cookie dough. (The single most disgusting recipe I have come across in 3 years of blogging — no, I’m not sharing the link here, cause that would just be mean.)

Aside from the fact that too much of anything always becomes vomit-worthy in the end, the other reason for my pumpkin despair is the amount of farmland North Americans take up growing jack o’ lantern pumpkins.  Land that could be used to grow food, not ornamentals.

I wrote the following article a couple of years ago, for a local Pender magazine that has since folded, but I’ve pulled it out of my archives to nag encourage you to recycle that pumpkin into your favourite dish. Continue reading


Blueberry Frozen Yogurt on a Cold Winter’s Night


I eat a lot of ice cream in the winter.  Don’t get me wrong…I love a soft serve on a hot August day as much as the next girl…but I seem to eat a lot more of it at this time of year for some reason.

I suspect it’s the wood stove — we rely on our cast iron fire box as our primary heat source in January and February — and the fact of the matter is that it’s a little big for our cozy living room.  Nine years of experience means we now light small, low fires that burn slow.  But at some point almost every night, we have to open the front door for a few minutes to let the heat escape.

And, since one of us is up, we may as well have a bowl of something cold to lower our core temperatures, right?

Call it medical necessity.

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