In Season

What's IN-SEASON in July?

July is one of the very best months to eat in-season fruits and vegetables!

Every time you go to the grocery or the market, try and pick up something new that you haven't tried before!

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Bean, Beets, Onions, Kale, Cucumbers, Radish, Tomatoes

Eggplant

Eggplant

Garlic

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Zucchini & Summer Squashes

Zucchini & Summer Squashes

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Fresh Berries! My favourite are local strawberries!

Plum Jam with Top Shelf Preserves

I've been Insta-Friends with Sara from Top Shelf Preserves for the past couple of years, and it was cool to finally meet her in person a couple of months ago.

I was really happy that Sara made some time to teach me about jam making, when I was in Ottawa last week.

Sara started Top Shelf Preserves in 2013, and makes a line up of small-batch preserves, as well as IN SEASON Monthly limited edition specials!

Plums are in season in July/August, so when I visited, we made some Plum Jam (I've never tried this before), so I was really excited!

We started by washing all the plums. (click photo for more)

 

We then cut the plums in half to remove the seeds.

Once all the seeds were gone, we added sugar the plums and macerated the plums in the sugar until they formed into a paste like mixture.

Then we blended the plums and sugar until a smooth liquid formed.

We put the plum and sugar mixture into a large pot and simmered it for about 30 mins, until it thickened up.

We also took the pits from the plums and boiled them in water to remove all the flesh that was still attached, we then took that liquid and added it to the simmering mix. (#zerowaste)

When the mixture started to simmer and reduce; a foam formed; which we continually skimmed off.

We kept checking the thickness of the jam until it reached the right consistency.

Time to taste!!

First Time tasting Plum Jam: tangy, sweet, delicious!!

Top Three Preserving Tips from Sara:

  • Make a realistic plan before you start out!
  • Make something you will eat, not just what looks good for photos.
  • Keep it simple, using quality ingredients.

Spring is Maple Syrup Season

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Spring is Maple Syrup Season in Canada! I had a chance to visit Horton Tree Farms to see how it is made: (Video Coming)...

 

Here are links to some awesome Recipes using Maple Syrup from my favourite Bon Appetit Magazine:

 

 

 

What's In Season in September in BC?

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IMG_1301 September is another month that has a great long list of Fruits & Vegetables that are

in-season!!

I visited my Local Farmer's Market this past Saturday to stock-up!! You should too!

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So the great thing about visiting Farmer's Markets, is that you actually get to talk directly to the farmers or people who work on the farms.

You also get to check out some different & interesting varieties of fruits and vegetables that you don't always find in your grocery store!

Like this awesome PURPLE Cauliflower!IMG_1278IN Season Sept_1

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Carrots and Onions are in-seson in September!

Add some chopped Celery and you have yourself a Mirepoix.

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Love, love fresh apples! So glad they are back in season.IMG_1275

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These cute little ones are perfect for taking to school in your lunch bag.

Oh, and some PUPRLE potatoes too.

They actually STAY PURPLE once you cook them!

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Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to share some recipes that I really like, with some of the things that are In-Season in September.

What's in Season in August in BC?: Part 3

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Finishing up my list of What's in Season in August in BC!! InSeasonAugust3

Peaches from the Okanagan are in season and so tasty!!

I decided to make a Peach Crisp with the ones that I bought.

Aug 22nd was #NationalEatAPeachDay

If you want to make it at home, here's how:

Local Peach Crisp

Ingredients:

  1. 6 or 7 Peeled and Pitted Peaches
  2. 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  4. 1 C + 3 Tbsp Flour
  5. 1 C Oats
  6. 1 C Brown Sugar + 3 Tbsp Maple Sugar
  7. 3/4 Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  8. 1 C Cold Cubed Butter

Method:

  • Start by greasing a 9x13" Baking Dish
  • Mix 1-3 with 3 Tbsp Flour and 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar and 1 Tbsp Maple Sugar (add to your greased baking dish)
  • In another bowl Mix 4 with 5+6 & 7
  • Delicately add 8 and Mix leaving clumps
  • Bake for 45-50 mins or until crisp is browned at 350
  • Enjoy with Whipped or Iced Cream

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Mother's Day Savoury Bread Pudding

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If you saw me on Global Morning News today and want to make the Savoury Bread Pudding for you Mom, here's the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Medium Bunch Asparagus (2" from top tip) Sliced
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 C. Whole Milk
  • 8 C. Uprising Breads (Honey & Buttermilk)- Cut into 1" pieces
  • 3/4 C. + 2 tbsp Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 6 Thin Slices of Pancetta

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Heat Butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir until garlic is softened, about 30 seconds.
  • Add Asparagus, season with salt and pepper. Cook and continue tossing until wilted, about 5-6 mins. Let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, whisk eggs, milk, 2tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in large bowl. Add asparagus mixture, bread, and 3/4 C. Cheese, tossing to combine.
  • Transfer to a baking dish. Top with Pancetta and remaining cheese.
  • Bake until puffed, browned in spots and set in the centre, about 35-40 mins.

(* Adapted from a recipe from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts)

What's in season in MAY in BC?

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Welcome to What's in season in BC in MAY.

Here's a delicious list  of seasonal produce for May: In season May

I found some lovely Pink Lady Apples from the Okanagan.

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 You can also find some beautiful asparagus,

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 chives,

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FiddleHeads

and my personal favourite:  Fiddleheads!

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I will be sharing some ideas on how to cook these soon!

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Also Radishes, radish

Rhubarb

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and Turnips.

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I was at the Market at Granville Island this afternoon.

However, another really great place to get your LOCAL & SEASONAL produce is SPUD.CA

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I recently visited SPUD Vancouver when they sponsored my DinnerPartyYVR. Their selection of local produce is great and so fresh!

The best thing about SPUD is that you can order online and have it delivered right to your door!!

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Check them out here: SPUD.CA

and tell them that the LITTLE LOCAVORE sent you!!