S’Mores – Campfire Treat

S'Mores - a Campfire Treat - toasting marshmallow on open fire and s'more

A second marshmallow toasting on the flames and an open s’more ready for its addition.

Anyone who has grown up in Canada – camping, going to the cottage, or in the Scout or Girl Guide movements – knows all about s’mores. Short for “some more” they are so good, it’s what you have to say, “s’more please!” Note that Americans claim to have invented this treat but I believe they may have been the first to write down what Canadians had been doing for generations. Continue reading

Scorpions on the Menu at Donghuaman – Beijing Night Market

Beinjing Night Market stall holder

Try some! A stall holder at the Beijing Night Market encourages me to sample his wares..

Sheep penis? Grilled sea snake? Fried scorpion? Over the years I have seen markets all over the world but the Beijing Night Market, Donghuamen put them all in the shade. Continue reading

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings come in dozens of different ways. These, from McCarthy’s in Buffalo, are topped with their special sauce and crumbled blue cheese.

The first time I tried chicken wings, I was hooked.  It was 35 years ago and we had taken our children to Art Park, across the border in Lewiston, New York.  Art Park is a marvelous resource for families with live theatre, story-telling and craft areas.

On this particular occasion, we stopped for dinner at Apple Granny – a restaurant still to be found in Lewiston – and we ordered chicken wings. What arrived was a plate of perfectly cooked wings smothered in a rich red, spicy sauce. Delicious! I asked the chef how he made it and he cheerfully shared his recipe. It’s remarkably easy. Continue reading