Local Dish Category

by Solara Goldwynn, Hatchet & Seed –  The height of summer: abundance in the gardens, in the fields and at the farmer’s markets. What a wonderful time of year for local food. Working at the North Saanich Farm Market is such a rewarding experience for me. Every Saturday between June and October I chat with local farmers and growers about the week’s bounty, the struggle in the fields, the wins and the losses of growing local food. Each week brings new surprises: black currants from a former vendor appear atRead More
by Laura Waters –  As I walk into the greenhouse after a long winter I long for the intoxicating fragrance of lemon verbena. I hope my plants have made it through a rough winter. The plants require protection in the winter and need to be covered in leaves and nestled close to the house or in a greenhouse. In the spring the small shoots appear on the old wood. It needs a tidy pruning and this miraculous plant is up and running again. Rubbing your fingers over the leaves bruisesRead More

Posted On May 31, 2017By seasideIn Local Dish, Regulars

Island Dish: Green Garden Pesto

by Solara Goldwynn, Hatchet & Seed –  Like most of my recipes, this one is extremely flexible. Depending on what you have in your fridge and pantry, plus what’s growing in your garden or abundant at the farmer’s market, this pesto will always be different and wonderful. Some of the key ingredients: oil, something green, nuts or seeds, cheese (optional) and garlic. When we think of pesto, we normally think basil. And yes, basil makes wonderful pesto! But so do many other greens. During the early spring months when theRead More
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Posted On May 1, 2017By seasideIn Local Dish

Island Dish: Lemon Mousse

by Rosemary Scott, Deep Cove Market –  Nothing says springtime more than the fresh aroma of lemons. This recipe is compliments of Lise Jorgensen, widow of Chef Lucien from Bistro Suisse. This mousse is still served at the restaurant in Sidney. It is so light and refreshing after dinner and is very quick and easy to make. I served the mousse in martini glasses and topped it with whipped cream and fine juliennes of lemon peel. This recipe gave me three generous servings, but it could certainly serve four peopleRead More

Posted On April 28, 2017By seasideIn Local Dish, Regulars

Island Dish: Egg Me On!

by Jennifer Bowles –  Ah yes, the egg. Fried, scrambled, poached, coddled or hard-boiled, these little gems are true comfort food that have versatility written all over them! An excellent source of protein, and a fairly inexpensive product that delivers stunning richness to any dish, the egg could possibly be one of the world’s most perfect foods! Few people harness the egg’s flexibility. Sure, you can have them fried with toast or boiled with a touch of salt, but the possibilities with eggs go far beyond. One of the mostRead More