This term refers to a region beneath and alongside a stream bed, where there is mixing of shallow groundwater and surface water. The flow dynamics and behavior in this zone (hyporheic flow or underflow) is recognized to be important for surface water/ groundwater interactions, as well as fish spawning, among other processes. The assemblage of … Continued

Grilled Eggplant Quinoa Greek Salad

We’ve made this a few times, trying to up the ante on a summer Greek salad. This time was a winner with a mix of grilled and fresh veggies mixed with Quinoa and a light lemony, fresh herb dressing… Fear not, there’s still room for grilled peaches and ice cream for dessert! Ingredients 1 cup … Continued

Grilled Potato Salad

This potato salad is not the one you’ll remember from your childhood family picnic gatherings. There’s no mayo, mustard, or hard boiled eggs. The addition of a vinaigrette dressing, oranges and arugula dramatically alters the usual potato salad experience, creating a delightful refreshing accompaniment to any barbeque meal. Serves 4. Thanks to Rachael Ray for this recipe! INGREDIENTS … Continued

Beanhole Beans

This is the granddaddy of all baked beans recipes: made from scratch, in a Dutch Oven and smoked on the grill. It’s a basis in reality for all family gatherings, be they seasonal celebrations, weddings, or funerals. Advance preparation: Soak the beans overnight before you plan to cook. Ingredients: 1 lb dried navy beans 10 … Continued


Leucism:  a general term for the phenotype resulting from defects in pigment cell differentiation. This results in either the entire surface (if all pigment cells fail to develop) or patches of body surface (if only a subset are defective) having a lack of cells capable of making pigment. Leucism can cause the reduction in all … Continued

All shot sizes are not equal

According to CBC news this morning, Canadian bars have been measuring and serving drinks with the American ounce shot glass rather than a Canadian ounce shot glass. The Canadian ounce is 93% of it’s southern neighbour, measuring 28ml to the american 30ml. Some brilliant mathematician had to ask why only 38 shots could be squeezed … Continued

Ambrosia Macaroons

My dad loves coconut, and thereby, macaroons. I, on the other hand, am not crazy about coconut, but do love this recipe! Bon Appétit, December 2008. Makes 70. Ingredients: ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature ¾ cup sugar 1/8 tsp salt 2 tsp orange peel, finely grated 3 large eggs 24 oz sweetened … Continued

Trish’s Eatmore Bars

When I was little I always considered Eatmore Bars as one of my favourite chocolate bars. I loved the chewy texture and nuttiness. This recipe is a very easy way to put something yummy on the dessert plate. Ingredients: pat of butter 1 cup white corn syrup 2 cups chocolate chips ½ cup crunchy peanut … Continued

Almond Paste

From the recipe collection of the early dutch immigrant scene here in Vancouver. Almond paste is an essential ingredient for “gefulde koeken”, and “Christmas stollen”. Ingredients: 2 packages ground almonds 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 lemon, juice and rind 1 tsp almond flavouring Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Store in fridge until ready to … Continued

Almond Roca

From Duane & Trish’s kitchen Ingredients: 1 ½ cup butter 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup sliced almonds 5 oz semi -sweet chocolate ground almonds Directions: Put butter and sugar in a heavy pot. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until candy thermometer reads 200°F. Add sliced almonds and continue cooking until thermometer reads 300°F. … Continued