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Festive Candied Peel


Two beautiful large organic navel oranges inspired me to make these superb candied peels~

Recipe: Candied Orange Peel

These turned out beautifully. Eating one little piece is a great pick-me-up. You can also dip these in dark chocolate (trés sophistiqué!) or use as a premium ingredient in another recipe...

Goats! (great cheese)

Carmelis Cheeses
Carmelis organic goat cheeses and wonderful breads: mmm...

Early last summer, I visited Carmelis Organic Goat Cheese Farm with Manny and Crystal from Arrowleaf Cellars for a farm tour and fantastic feast.

Hi there pumpkin pie!

A sugar pumpkin - perfect for pies! image from Cook's Thesaurus

I absolutely love pumpkin pie. There are thousands of pumpkin pie recipes on the web - but most are loaded with superfluous fat and sugar. Winter squash is a magical thing, and has its own lovely richness. Here are some tips on how to make a classic recipe healthier, without compromising flavour and texture of course!

Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market

Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market

Early this summer, I had the pleasure of attending the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market in the Okanagan Valley.

Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market: tasty healthy baked goods

Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market: fresh local produce

Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market: Quail's Farm

One of my favorite stands: Quail's Farm. I picked up some delicious baked goods here including a hearty 9-grain bread, and exquisite berry pie. I also bought some fresh stone-ground spelt flour which I made into brownies with my great little baking helper Noah. I also scored some fresh arugula and mustard greens. Thanks guys!

Quail's Farm: 9 grain bread and berry pie

There was a variety of wonderful local honey. I chose some delicious fireweed and lotus blossom (trefoil) honey: lovely mild delicate flavour.

Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market: honey

Other good things:

  • free samples!
  • a chance to chat with the farmers and producers
  • home-made preserves, hot pepper and wine jellies
  • healthy organic ostrich meat
  • art, crafts and jewelry
  • natural toiletries
  • plants and flowers

More on other farmers' markets later...