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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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VANISHING VANCOUVER

Woodfibre.

Remember that?

It was a small pulp mill just Howe Sound and, even standing under the Birks clock at the corner of Georgia and Granville, when the wind whistled down the sound you’d be reminded of the backbone of the local economy. The odour of the mill pervaded the entire city. “Woodfibre”, we’d ruefully remark, while waving our hands under our noses.

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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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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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VANISHING VANCOUVER

Woodfibre. Remember that? It was a small pulp mill just Howe Sound and, even standing under the Birks clock at the corner of Georgia and Granville, when the wind whistled…
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THE ALCHEMY OF COMPOST

It’s a little bit of backyard magic. A little bit of alchemy and thrift. And it’s one of the most responsible things you can do. I’m talking about compost. Turning…

THE EVOLUTION OF DANCE

A very short history film: the evolution of dance. Recognize your particular groove?

WHILE YOU WAIT

Taking amuse-bouche to a whole new level! Here’s a clever distraction devised by a restaurant in France.

MOTHER’S DAY OFF

It wasn’t so much a ‘down tools’ moment as it was a slow realization that she didn’t like the direction things were going. What brought it to a head was…
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FOOD FIGHT

The phone rings. I recognize the name. I pick it up and announce: “I’m having chocolates for breakfast.” “And so you should!” is the ecstatic response. I’m on the phone…