Monthly Archives: February 2012

My Wife’s Notes – 2004 Sandhill SLP Malbec – Prosciutto & Pesto Pizza

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Prosciutto & Pesto Pizza

  • 1 large pizza shell
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/8 cup diced onion
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 3 oz pesto
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Using a large spoon, spread the sauce on the pizza shell. (Alana and I usually purchase pizza shells from grocery stores or Italian delis – both Valoroso Foods and Mediterranean Market offer excellent pre-made shells).  Spread the grated mozzarella evenly over the entire pie, and then top with red pepper and onion.  Slice the prosciutto into strips, and place them evenly on the pizza; I find that if you roll or fold the strips up, they cook well without getting too crispy. Drizzle the pesto over the prosciutto and top with extra pine nuts if desired.

Place the pizza in the oven, and bake for 7-8 minutes.  The pie should be closer to the top element, to prevent the bottom of the crust from burning. Once the crust has reach desired crispiness, I recommend broiling on high for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese on top a little bit more.  Remove from heat, allow to cool for a few minutes, slice and serve.

Years ago I decide I was going to have a proper wine collection. Rather than buying bottles to be opened within days, I started purchasing additional bottles designed to be laid down for a while, to be opened only on special occasions. Aided by the knowledgeable staff at various wine stores around Kelowna, I started to slowly build up a modest collection.  This bottle, a 2004 Sandhill SLP Malbec, was one of the first I purchased to lay down, and I put a sticker on it: “Do not drink until 2011”.  I was determined to wait it out.

2004 Sandhill SLP Malbec Small Lots Program

January 2011 rolled around and I thought hey, I made it this far, let’s keep going.  So I waited, through spring and summer and fall and winter, and finally the perfect occasion rolled around: Alana and I moved back into our apartment after getting our bathrooms renovated.

Special occasion indeed.  New tile and cabinets are pretty great, but shower faucets with temperature memory? That calls for a celebration.

So we drank wine, made our favorite homemade pizza, and settled into two weeks worth of our favorite shows saved on the DVR.  Ahh, Friday nights.

Prosciutto and Pesto Pizza

My Notes:

The wine is an unusual shade of red, with an orangish-brown hue rather than the deep burgundy you often see with older reds.  The first sip is very smooth, indicative of the long time this wine has been in the bottle. With a medium body and just a hint of acidity, the wine finishes pretty long, with the mild cherry and blackberry notes sticking around for a while.  No one flavour is overwhelming, resulting in a balanced if not slightly underwhelming red. When comparing these notes to those online from several years ago, it appears the wine is nearing its end of optimal drinking life – if you’ve got a bottle kicking around in your cellar, look to drink it pretty soon. 88 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“It’s not a very sweet wine, but it is very smooth. I think I could probably drink this all night. Maybe I will!”

2004 Sandhill SLP Malbec. This vintage is no longer available for purchase.

Focus Friday: Kal Park

Our Flickr group has been collecting photos taken in the Okanagan’s provincial parks this month. Looking through them, you see amazing beauty and diversity in our protected places. Many of the pictures show the quiet and solitude of the parks in the off-season months. In some ways these are the best times of the year to explore and experience these landscapes. I thought Eamon Murphy captured that sense of serenity with this shot — the wide angle and sharp contrast also give it dramatic impact.

Kal Park by Eamon Murphy

The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection – We’re Having a Party!

It’s a very exciting time here at the Museums! We are gearing up to open 2 new and exciting exhibitions at the Okanagan Heritage Museum and to celebrate we are having a PARTY!!!!

Love is in the air and we have managed to capture it for everyone to enjoy. On Thursday, March 8th we will be hosting a reception to remember, at the Laurel Packinghouse, with the ladies from Stage Right Etc.

Now is your chance to wear your wedding dress again, pull out your tux from the back of your closet, or show off your ‘best’ bridesmaids dress. Just like all of the best weddings, there will be lots of entertainment. Two DJ’s will be spinning beats all night long. Enjoy eats and treats designed by Chef Mark Filatow of Details Catering and Waterfront Wines. You can wet-your-whistle with a choice of local wine and beer which will be available for purchase. Toast to an evening of fun and folly with the Something Old, Something New.

The Party starts at 7:00

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advanced from the VQA Wine Shop and the Okanagan Heritage Museum

For more information call: 778.478.0325 or send an e-mail to



Startup Weekend is coming to Kelowna March 2-4

The first ever Startup Weekend Okanagan is less than two weeks away!

For those that don’t know about Startup Weekend,  it’s an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. To date more than 450 events have been held around the globe and now it’s Kelowna’s time to shine.

The weekend brings together individuals with different skill sets – marketing maestros, design gurus, business development wizards, legal geniuses, and startup specialists – to work together in teams to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

Beginning with open-mic pitches on Friday, March 2nd, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.  Over the Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, and building a minimal viable product. On the Sunday evening, the teams will pitch and be judged by a panel of distinguished judges, followed by a prize-giving and wrap-up event.

The aim of the weekend is to bring together the knowledge of local entrepreneurs, and help those in need to find their feet in the world of startups.

Each ticket includes the opportunity to walk away with thousands of dollars in prizes & swag from companies such as Accelerate Okanagan, DropBox, and Github. In addition, attendees will be provided with swag, food, & drink all weekend as well as everything they need to bring their idea to fruition.

Please sign up here if you are interested in getting involved, it’s going to be awesome!

Fashionate: A Tribute To An ICON

The world was shaken last weekend when the news of Miss Whitney Houston hit the headlines and for some people in my life, it shook them to the very core.  This inspired me to put my current flashy floral updates on hold and dedicated this week to Whitney’s 10 best looks of all time. Not only is she a musical Icon she took the fashion world by storm and was not afraid to take a risk with her continuous evolving style. Living through two decades of stardom leaves a lot of amazing photos of the good, bad, and the ugly style choices made. Of course, we will honour the most amazing both on and off the stage.

 This is a look from Whitney’s early years of stardom, it was all about sequins in the 80’s! Although she didn’t take a lot of risks with fashion she was knew what to wear and how to wear it. The sunny tiered skirt was a perfect way to add a splash of colour on stage. This look could be easily re-created today with a modern twist; Pair the sequin blazer with a solid black top, wear the skirt waist high with a pair of tights and ankle boots and that’s your Friday night dinner and drinks outfit!



I love this dress on Whitney and the world loved it again on Sex And The City: The Movie! This is a classic dress that has been re-worn with modern day styling. She looks so chic and sophisticated in this dress. It takes a bold beautiful woman to pull off a dress with giant flowers on one shoulder and she does it seamlessly.


Staying in her  comfort zone Whitney wore this long elegant black dress with a 90’s fashion statement; the wrap. Although she didn’t play with colour often it was a great way to add a splash of bright beautiful colours to a classic elegant look.  Remove the wrap, modernize the hairstyle and accessorize with some statement jewellery and this look could be brought into the 21st century in a flash. She looks timeless in this photo, and in 90’s fashion terms she is right on trend!



She looks so gorgeous in this photo. She looks like the true musical icon she is and the cut or the dress is so complimentary for her body type it is one of my favourite looks!



This is SO 80’s and there really isn’t any saving this hairstyle! In order to bring this popular 80’s look to the year of 2012 the awesome perm would need a MAJOR relaxing. Although adding a light weight a-line high-waisted skirt to her pale rose bodysuit would be a look any girl could pull off on a warm spring day. We laugh now but this was a fashion forward look back then!




This white hat would become on of Whitney’s signature looks over the year.





Seen here at the 1986 American Music Awards She looks stunning in the colour blocked blue tones. Although this look would be on fashions worst dressed list today, it was an elegant-yet-edgy look in 1986. Although, the metallic hue of her bow is seen in today’s fashion. This is not a cut that would be worn often to awards shows these days, but it would be a great dress to be inspired by. Nonetheless she looks like a knockout in this photo!



This is one of Whitney’s more outlandish looks of her career. It’s from her early years and although the style is not appropriate for today, sequins have remained in one fashion or another; only in more tailored or fitted pieces. She’s sporting a matching blazer and skirt and this look has been re-created and modernized all over the runways in recent years in bold hues of pinks and greens. Her hair is not something we would ever, EVER see today but she’s rocking it in this photo!




This form fitting dress fits Whitney like a glove and shows off her curves in all the right places! This may be considered a little over the top in today’s standards, although I would probably wear it as a mini with some black tights, she is looking more than fabulous with the bold black belt to tie it all together! Like any superstar, she loved sequins and glitz, but unlike many, she wore it tastefully.








R.I.P Whitney Houston. You will be missed. A superstar indeed.

Yukon Blonde “Stairway” Official Music Video

The boys in Yukon released the official music video for their song Stairway on Valentine’s Day!

Focus Friday: Picker’s Dream

It’s probably pretty sleepy up at Chute Lake Resort this time of year, but this shot from fall caught my eye this week. I bet this compelling collection is sitting there unchanged, waiting for another round of curious wanderers in the spring. Places like this are interesting partly because they don’t fit the stereotypical Okanagan themes — condos, beaches, wineries and skiing. These eclectic spots are older and slower and closer to our roots.

Picker’s Dream by gidgital64

Masters of Reverie

Jesse, Jacquie, and Matt performing at the Penticton Art Gallery

As mentioned earlier in the week I attended the Jesse Dee and Jacquie B performance in the Tearoom at the Penticton Art Gallery, performance commencing Wednesday night. Although we showed up a tad early we were warmly greeted by PAG Curator, Paul Crawford and his beautiful wife Julie, and were given time to meander through the gallery rooms and soak in the various artistic pieces. I’ve not been to a musical performance at an art gallery before and found the entire night to be incredibly magical. Coffee, tea, and hot apple cider was served in the Tearoom and as the people started to file in, the band stayed near the entrance to welcome their guests until it was time for them to hit the stage.

Matt Blackie keepin it real on drums and vocals

Paul Crawford introduces “The Travelling Troubadours” (as he calls them) and we all take our seats. The next 2 hours are ones I will never forget! Jesse Dee and Jacquie B, along with their drummer Matt Blackie create a sound together that transcends auditory magic. My imagination was inundated with scenes of places I’ve never been before, each song different from the last and with each place we “traveled” a different emotion was shared. It was so fascinating that this trio could evoke so much emotion in their deeply reflective box car blues, it was captivating.

Jesse Dee rippin it up on the guitar

They are not strangers to the road, and admittedly produce music accordingly. In having the opportunity to talk with Jacquie, the trio hit 14 music festivals last year alone and are anxious to get their new self titled album out this spring in preparation for the upcoming festival season.

In speaking of the upcoming album – ever so cloaked in mystery… the band under the current name “Jesse Dee and Jacquie B” now have a third player, the fabulous Matt Blackie and are undergoing a group name change before the new album is released. A few of the new songs were played Wednesday night and I need to include a major WOW factor with what we heard, we pre-ordered the album which will be mailed out to us in a month or so, and I CAN’T WAIT.

I strongly urge you to check out their website at There are samples of their tunes on the site that you can preview as well as purchase.

Spectacular accordian work by Jacquie B

A special thanks to the remarkable Lisa Haywood of Lisa Haywood Photography for taking these beautiful photos of the event. Her work is available to view on her website (website is under construction, although portfolios are available for viewing.) If you would like to contact Lisa please find her on Facebook by clicking here, or by email at Also, if your in or around the Penticton area, do yourself a favour and check out the Penticton Art Gallery, there are events and classes held all the time, its a truly fantastic place to spend your time!

That’s all for now folks, but until next time remember:

Seven days without laughter makes one weak.” (Joel Goodman)