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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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YOU DON'T SAY ...

We were talking about a mutual friend. 

“He’s a good egg”, I said.

She cocked her head and looked at me sideways.

“Egg? A good egg? What does that mean?” she asked in her accented English.

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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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YOU DON’T SAY …

We were talking about a mutual friend.  “He’s a good egg”, I said. She cocked her head and looked at me sideways. “Egg? A good egg? What does that mean?”…
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ROYAL EXAMPLE

Many’s the time that I’ve been blown off course. I’ve dithered and fretted and taken on water. If I’m lucky, something will come along to right my vessel. Something will…

PACKING HEAT

We writers have a saying, “If I’d had more time, I could have made it shorter.” Same goes for packing. The longer that suitcase is open on the living room…
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FLAMME-ABILITY

Who doesn’t have a favourite scene from a movie? I have dozens of them and they never get old. I can reliably be brought to tears just thinking about the…
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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…