Local Dish Category

by Laura Waters, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts –  As fall arrives I find myself missing the long hot days and nights. I do, however, love the leaves changing colours and then floating to the ground in a carpet of red and orange. Now that the harvest is almost complete, warm comfort foods start to grace our tables. For a change from the usual soups or stews, I cooked my Snowdon House Curried Lentil soup, added mozzarella cheese and stuffed a portobello mushroom and baked it. Super easy! I servedRead More

Posted On September 29, 2017By seasideIn Local Dish, Regulars

Island Dish: Smoky Eggplant and Tomato Pasta

by Solara Goldwynn, Hatchet & Seed –  Autumn is my favourite time of year, with the crisp air, the bright blue skies, and so much goodness coming out of the garden. It’s also the busiest time of year for my small business, an edible landscaping company that I own with my husband. This is the time of year when we teach the most gardening workshops, install the largest number of gardens, plant the fruit trees and berry bushes, and complete all the other jobs that come along with growing gardensRead More
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