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carolmcram

Carol M. Cram is the author of "The Towers of Tuscany" about a woman painter in fourteenth century Italy (available now on Amazon). Before devoting herself full time to the writing of historical fiction, Carol enjoyed a career as an educator and author of numerous bestselling college textbooks for courses in computer applications and communications. In addition, she was on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver for two over decades. As Vice President of Clear Communications Consultants, she facilitated numerous communications workshops for corporate and government clients. Carol holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Carol is currently working on her next novel and compiling a collection of short stories. She lives on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC, with her husband, painter Gregg Simpson. When she is not writing, Carol loves taking walks among the arbutus trees, dancing Nia, volunteering with the local arts council, and traveling.

Cookbook Club Whitewater Cooks!

The Bowen Island Cookbook Club took a ride on the wild side with recipes from the wonderful Whitewater Cooks series by Shelly Adams in Nelson, BC.  We were down to just four members our of our usual seven, but that didn’t stop us having an amazing meal–soup, salad, tart, and dessert. Who needs a main course with food so good? We met at Helen’s lovely home in the middle of the Island and immediately assembled in her stunning back garden complete with []

The Cookbook Club Spends An Evening with Vij

Our  Cookbook Club get together on April 14 brought all seven of us back together at Mariana’s beautiful home overlooking a stunning view of water and mountains on the west side of Bowen Island. We could chose recipes from two Vij cookbooks – Vij’s at Home or Elegant & Inspired Vij’s. Vancouver residents are very familiar with the gourmet Indian cooking of Vikram Vij. His restaurants are almost always packed — and for good reason. Here’s an excerpt from Vij’s website describing []

Cookbook Club: Plenty by Ottolenghi

Becky’s lovely home on the southeast corner of Bowen Island overlooking Howe Sound and the city of Vancouver beyond was the setting for our third Cookbook Club evening featuring Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. We started with a French 75 cocktail, so named after the French 75 millimeter field gun used in World War I. Apparently, that’s a thing! The cocktail itself consists of 3/4 ounce of lemon juice mixed with 1 1/2 ounces of Hendrick’s gin bought by Becky []

The Cookbook Club: My New Roots Cookbook

For the second meeting of the Bowen Island Cookbook Club, we chose My New Roots Cookbook by Sarah Britton — and are we ever glad we did! The dishes and the evening were a huge success. We met at Kate’s lovely cosy house a few minutes’ walk through the forest from Snug Cove, the hub of Bowen Island and the location of the ferry dock. The evening threatened snow, but we immediately warmed up with a cocktail that Kate created especially for []

The Cookbook Club – Thug Kitchen

A few weeks before Christmas, I received an email from a friend asking me if I’d like to take part in the Cookbook Club scheme he was cooking up (pun intended) for his partner’s Christmas present. The words ‘cookbook,’ ‘cooking,’ ‘dinner’ and ‘friends’ were all present and accounted for in his email. “Sign me up,” I replied. The idea was that every month, we’d pick a cookbook, make a selection of dishes from it, and then get together to eat and critique []

Chasing the Middle Ages

Following is a piece that will be included in “Pastel and Pen,” a collection of my writing paired with selected pastel drawings by Gregg Simpson. “Pastel and Pen: Two Ways of Seeing” will be published by New Arcadia Publishing in Spring, 2018. This piece is accompanied by Gregg Simpson’s pastel entitled San Gimignano shown below. I alternate travel writing about modern San Gimignano with a fanciful journey seven hundred years into the past. The hill town of San Gimignano is famous worldwide as the []

Bella Roma

We are spending nine nights in Rome in April of 2017 during an exhibition of Gregg Simpson’s paintings at the Arte Borgo []