Highlighting some of the food growers, gatherers, producers and cooks across Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Saltspring, the recipes in Seasonings reflect the variety and abundance of island food throughout the seasons, and include four celebration menus contributed by the region’s top chefs. Continue reading →
If you’ve been around Island Vittles for a while, especially if you’re a fan of my Facebook page, you’ll probably know that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkins as an edible. Oh, I have couple of favouites — my Mom’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, and a pumpkin/peanut soup warms my soul — but I have to say that, as a food blogger, I’ve come to dread October and the “creativity” of some bloggers who work it into everything from coffee to a dessert dip made with puree and cookie dough. (The single most disgusting recipe I have come across in 3 years of blogging — no, I’m not sharing the link here, cause that would just be mean.)
Aside from the fact that too much of anything always becomes vomit-worthy in the end, the other reason for my pumpkin despair is the amount of farmland North Americans take up growing jack o’ lantern pumpkins. Land that could be used to grow food, not ornamentals.
I wrote the following article a couple of years ago, for a local Pender magazine that has since folded, but I’ve pulled it out of my archives to nag encourage you to recycle that pumpkin into your favourite dish. Continue reading →
Did you know that some of your favourite foods came about by mistake? Here’s a couple of my favourite examples:
While making chocolate cookies, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, discovered she was out of baker’s chocolate. She found sweetened chocolate in the pantry though, which she broke into small pieces and added to the dough. Chocolate chip cookies were born.
George Crum, a chef at Carey Moon Lake House in Saratoga Springs, got so frustrated when a customer repeatedly sent back his plate of potatoes with demands for them to be crisper and thinner that he lost his temper, sliced the potatoes paper thin and fried them until they were hard as a rock. To the chef’s surprise, the customer loved them and wanted more. Soon, the whole world was crazy for potato chips.
And what does that have to do with IV and hamburger buns, you might ask? Well, it seems I made a wee mistake myself… Continue reading →
Happy Canada Day all! Whatever your plans today, I hope they’re relaxed, joyful and spent with friends and family. We have so much to be thankful for, living in one of the greatest countries on earth. (I’m leaving politics aside for the day.) :D
I popped into the local Liquor Store to stock up yesterday, and would you look at what I found right beside the register? A very special bottle of Innis & Gunn.
Not that every bottle of I&G isn’t special — cause it is. But these ones were brewed especially for July 1, and even comes in their own box, designed by Canadian artist Gary Whitley. Continue reading →