I tell a story, you tell a story.

Insights, stories, conversations.

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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A DOG'S BREAKFAST ... MATTERS!

A pet is many things.

A constant companion – who else is unfailingly thrilled to see your sorry face?

A personal trainer – who else gets you out for a brisk walk, if not the dog?

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JANE CAN COOK COOKBOOK

SPROUTS BIG NIGHT OUT

There are only 50 calories in a cup of cooked brussels sprouts.. 

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. 

SALVAGED GRAPES

Grapes wilted? Such a shame. They languish in the fridge while you come to term with chucking them.

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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.

PUCKERY SALT

Gourmet lemon salt is expensive. Here's hot to make your own and get maximum value from your costly lemons (or limes).

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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A DOG’S BREAKFAST … MATTERS!

A pet is many things. A constant companion – who else is unfailingly thrilled to see your sorry face? A personal trainer – who else gets you out for a…
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HOLIDAY DECOR FOR HEATHENS

We had just moved into our new house. Just as neighbours were putting Santa and his reindeer up on their roofs, or a cheery, lit-from-within plastic snowman on their front…
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LIGHTNING STRIKES

Someone was pounding on the hotel room door. Even with the shower going at full bore, I could hear the loud thumping. Wrapping myself in a towel, I peered out…
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STEEL YOURSELF

It’s said that a kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen. Perhaps, then, it is also true that a kitchen without a steel is not a kitchen? A steel,…
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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

I recently saw something at the airport that really impressed me. A young fellow had lined up several rolling suitcases and was stretched out over the top of them, kind…
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SCARY SCARCITY

I have a rule around Halloween candy. I only buy candy I don’t like. It’s a pretty narrow caveat given that I love pretty much all candy but it’s just…