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The Bookless Club

It’s just like a book club … only there’s no book, and no club.

Jane's Cook Book

Herewith, a collection of reliable recipes that have fooled a few people into thinking I know my way around in a kitchen

From The Archive

I’ve been writing for years. Here are some of my favourite pieces. I hope you enjoy them!

Jane's Junk Drawer

Useful, interesting … mysterious! A haphazard trove of curiosities, ideas, and stuff too good to throw away.

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BIRD BATH LIFEGUARD

One day, I will build a wall with sofa cushions and pillows on the living room floor.

The wall will be situated close to a floor-to-ceiling window. Taking inspiration from ancient castles, this mound of upholstery will be crenellated to provide opportunities for concealment. You may not know it, but you know what crenellation is; they’re the gaps at the top of a castle where archers could hide as they rained down arrows on their attackers. Yes, crenellation will be a necessary feature of the pile of pillows.

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JANE CAN COOK COOKBOOK

MASCARPONE TOMATO ICE CREAM

Here’s proof that tomato is actually a fruit. 

MONKEY COOKIES

Do you have banana bread fatigue? Here’s another excellent way to use up those blackening bananas on your countertop. 

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HOMEMADE BISCUIT MIX

Hankering for biscuits? Comin’ up! Cheap, and quick and easy. Now ain’t you the kitchen magician?!

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RUM CAKE(S)

So … I usually make a double batch version of this cake. When I do the double batch – which is pretty much always – I use a commercial-size loaf pan.

PAST CONTESTS!

Vancouver Gun Club

The Bookless Club partnered with the Vancouver Shotgun Club for a chance at an introductory class in shooting traps.

Chinatown Storytelling Centre

The Bookless Club partnered with the Vancouver Chinatown Storytelling Centre to give away several tickets to the Chinatown museum!

LOMI Composter

The Bookless Club partnered with Pela fro give away one Lomi to one lucky winner!

TIMEX

The Bookless Club partnered with TIMEX to give away three watches!

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The North Pole Express

The Bookless Club partnered with the West Coast Railway Association for this fantastic Christmas giveaway for one lucky family to visit the North Pole by train in Squamish.

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Harbour Air

The Bookless Club partnered with Harbour Air for a Vancouver Staycation flight viewing Coal Harbour from a bird's eye view over one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Rufus Guitar and Drums

The Bookless Club partnered with  Rufus Guitar and Drums to give 12 lucky winners the chance to partake in life-long learning.

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about me

Hi! I'm Jane!

I’m a Canadian journalist. My professional life has included radio, TV, and film.  My writing has appeared in a variety of publications in Canada and the US but I’m best known for my work as a columnist for Canada’s  National Post. I’m working on a book but we’ll both be a lot older by the time I finish it … if I ever finish it.  As for the five pounds I gained during the pandemic, those are probably here for the duration. (Okay, so it’s closer to ten pounds ….)

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What I blog about

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Domo Tea

They’re not paying me to say so, but I’m saying so, just the same. I’m really liking Domo Teas.  It’s a local Vancouver company and there’s lots of interesting blends to choose from. If you’re on a ‘coffee break’, give Domo teas a try.  I get mine at London Drugs.
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BIRD BATH LIFEGUARD

One day, I will build a wall with sofa cushions and pillows on the living room floor. The wall will be situated close to a floor-to-ceiling window. Taking inspiration from…
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HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?

There it was, shunted to the back of a shelf in the thrift store. It was only a few inches high, taller than it was wide, but you couldn’t help…
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LINE PLEASE!

I sat in the stands under the big red and white tent that’s been part of the Vancouver summer landscape since 1990. Unfurling before me was over two and half…
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TRUST

There’d been several men doing work in the basement.  Later in the evening, she did a quick inspection of the area. She noticed that one of the basement windows was…
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PROGRESS TRAPS

How cookies are like sex: Of Triple Double Stuf Oreos and other progress traps. A warning: My mind wanders. If I take my eye off it, my mind can get…
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HOW TO FOLD A FITTED SHEET

There are literally thousands of how-to videos online that demonstrate the exquisite origami skill required to fold a fitted sheet.  Here’s one of the best: