DIARY: Oysters in all their simplicity make one of the best starters for a meal ever invented. RECIPE: How to shuck and enjoy boysters.
DIARY: Fresh fish from Lake Erie. RECIPE: Lake trout En Papillote.
DIARY: Channelling Nigel Slater, Gina Mallet and distant ancestors. RECIPE: Chicken and leek pie.
RECIPE: Traditional “holiday” roast turkey, with all the trimmings. DIARY: Family and friends come for a feast and enjoy some fine whiskies.
DIARY: Memories of comfort food served in splendour at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. RECIPE: David Hammonds’ chicken pot pie.
DIARY: The perils of finding building contractors in England. RECIPES: Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
DIARY: Stuffing ourselves with excellent food at an annual feast. TASTE TESTING: Johnny Walker Double Black and four single malts from Speyside: Mortlach, McClelland’s, Benromach and Ardmore.
DIARY: Visiting the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. RECIPE: Palace finger sandwiches.
DIARY: A sailing cruise on Lake Ontario ends with a feast. RECIPES: Red skinned potato salad and Beet and spinach salad with goat feta.
Tasting new whiskies in Switzerland, of all places, in Yorkshire and some old favourites at home.