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Substitutions, Please!

For those times when you reach for the baking soda mid-recipe only to discover that SOMEONE put the emptied container back in the cupboard or those midnight home baked cookie cravings—here's a handy list of baking ingredient substitutions! Baking Powder 1 teaspoon baking powder = ¼ teaspoon baking soda + ½ teaspoon cream of tartar + [...]

By | December 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Seared Broccoli

Looking for a tasty and unique way to serve broccoli? Searing the florets and seasoning with a bit of lemon and salt elevates this fabulous green veggie—perfect for dinner parties. 2 large heads broccoli, cut into medium florets (about 7 cups) 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more as needed 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Halve [...]

By | December 29th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Candied Mandarin Orange Peel

Are you really going to throw those away?!? Yes, you... with the handful of mandarin orange peels! When life gives you orange peels, you make candy. Here's how. Ingredients: Mandarin Orange Peels Granulated sugar Peel Prep If you've bought organic mandarin oranges, they're unlikely to be waxed. Otherwise, pour a bit of boiling water over [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Classic Cranberry Sauce

Sometimes simplicity is best—particularly when we're talking about classic holiday foods. This traditional cranberry sauce uses just three ingredients and can be made three days in advance. Also, it's very, very delicious. INGREDIENTS (serves 6) 1 orange 750 grams of fresh cranberries (you can use frozen) 250 grams of sugar spices/herbs to taste: cinnamon stick, [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

How-to: Butterfly a Whole Chicken

Butterflying a whole chicken simply means you are removing the sternum and backbone of the bird so it can lay flat. This cuts the cooking time in half, looks fancy on a platter and can be done in three simple steps. Tools: Good kitchen shears Sharp paring knife Cutting board Method Step 1 Prepare the [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Halloween Recipe Round-Up: Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage AKA red cabbage is a powerhouse vegetable. It's boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, it's rich in vitamin-K (super good for bone health), strengthens gut health AND it's delicious both raw and cooked. And let's not forget about the glorious colour! That otherworldly purple hue lends itself perfectly to Halloween dishes.  And while cabbage [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

$30,000 Donated to BC Cancer Foundation

On Saturday September 23, our four Gulf Island stores held charity barbecues in order to raise funds and awareness for the BC Cancer Foundation on Vancouver Island. Together, with the support of our communities, we raised a very generous $4,712.40 in just four hours. Combine this amount with the many other initiatives throughout the year and we were able to [...]

By | September 30th, 2017|Community|0 Comments

Poached Pears

Eating a gently poached pear is one of life's true pleasures.  Enjoy them warm with ice cream for dessert or cold for breakfast with yogurt and granola. INGREDIENTS 1 litre water 265 grams of sugar 4 firm, ripe pears; whole, cored METHOD Peel the pears, being careful to keep the stalk. With a melon baller, core the pears [...]

By | September 30th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

How to: Cook Salmon

Cooking salmon is child's play for we coast and island dwellers, right?  Not necessarily. Many of us find cooking up this glorious fish a bit intimidating. Will it be too dry? Is it undercooked? Skin or no skin? Well, here's a few tips for serving up a perfectly cooked salmon. Preheat a neutral cooking oil [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Summer Sensation: Grilled Watermelon

Yes, really. You can totally grill watermelon. A quick sear on each side caramelizes the natural sugars in the watermelon and creates a completely unique flavour. Offset the sweetness with a bit of sea salt and you have yourself a refreshing dessert or an interesting canapé. What you need: 1/2 seedless watermelon cut into 1-inch [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments