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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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NO LOVE FOR ROOSTERS

Linda knows about chickens. Linda has a farm in the Gulf Islands. She has exactly 99 chickens.

And not just standard egg machine chickens, the Rhode Island Red.

She has all sorts of hens. Some lay pink eggs, some lay aqua coloured eggs. You could call it a real ‘hensemble’.

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JANE CAN COOK COOKBOOK

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LOVING SPOONFUL

This soup scores in all categories: it’s quick and easy to make, it’s loaded with health benefits

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. 

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?!

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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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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NO LOVE FOR ROOSTERS

Linda knows about chickens.  Linda has a farm in the Gulf Islands. She has exactly 99 chickens. And not just standard egg machine chickens, the Rhode Island Red. She has…
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DID YOU CALL FIRST?

The doorbell rang. It was that neighbour. The one who drops in, unannounced, all the time. He decided he wasn’t going to answer. He was working from home and just…
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CUP, OR A BOWL?

Soup, glorious soup! Nothing offsets the cold like a steaming bowl of soup. Which is why the meal you eat with a spoon is the backbone of Canadian winter nutrition. …
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CHOCOLATE GIRAFFE

How To Make Your Own Lifesize Chocolate Giraffe. Amaury Guichon, of the Pastry Academy, made a lifelike Giraffe entirely out of chocolate.
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SILVER LININGS

It’s a constant theme in war movies. Our hero is aloft and managing just fine. Suddenly, a problem. The engine stalls. There’s a mechanical splutter. We see the whirring propeller…
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BEST LOVED BOOKS FROM CHILDHOOD

Wind in the Willows. Charlotte’s Web. The Velveteen Rabbit. Someone far more efficient than I had preserved and donated their childhood library to the Salvation Army thrift store. Inside of…