Local Dish Category

by Laura Waters, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts –  I love a traditional Christmas dinner as I find it the easiest dinner to cook. I can prepare so much ahead of time so I can enjoy the meal and the day. I make the stuffing the day before, wrap it in cheesecloth and cover it in the fridge. Then when I stuff the turkey I just put the cheesecloth in the turkey. It makes the stuffing so much easier to get out of the turkey later. If you have gluten-freeRead More
by Jordan Caldwell, Training by Tara Brunet –  This is a very concise recipe with simple knife skills involved. Feel free to prep the ingredients the evening before, and throw into the crockpot in the morning before heading to work. You’ll come home to the aroma of hearty beef, rosemary and red wine.  Step 1: Starting with the carrots, I personally don’t peel them and just give them a good scrub, especially when working with a stew. You are going to “tip + tail” the carrots, slicing the top andRead More

Posted On September 28, 2018By seasideIn Local Dish, Regulars

Island Dish – Blackberry Apple Vegan Crumble

by Laura Waters, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts –  What an incredible summer we’ve had! The bounty from the garden is abundant everywhere. Blackberries have flourished throughout the heat; they are my favorite berry. What a wonderful addition to a salad. At the recent Flavour Trails gala dinner, my salad incorporated 13 elements from the garden with a splash of roasted blackberries on the side for flavour and colour. I also use roasted blackberries in salads and sorbets in the summer. Roasting the blackberries on a cookie sheet for 10Read More

Posted On August 31, 2018By seasideIn Local Dish

Island Dish – Coconut Lavender Colada

by Jordan Caldwell, Training by Tara Brunet –  The Saanich Peninsula has many areas with lavender bushes and even lavender farms, including Kersey Lavender Farm in Brentwood Bay. Lavender bushes can also be purchased from many garden shops and planted in your home garden for your enjoyment. Not only does lavender have a soothing scent and beautiful purple spears of tiny flowers: it is a lovely addition to anyone’s home garden and can be used to deter deer from foraging in your garden as it also serves as a deerRead More

Posted On July 26, 2018By seasideIn Local Dish, Regulars

Island Dish – Rosemary Lemonade

by Laura Waters, Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts –  Rosemary is a perennial herb that is extremely prolific and will grow in very poor soil; it comes from the Mediterranean. It’s such a lovely herb, and pinching off its needlelike foliage releases an intoxicating aroma. The bees love it when it is flowering; depending on the variety it can have blue or white flowers. So versatile, it can be placed in a teapot with hot water to make a tea, or inside of a roasting chicken with salt and pepperRead More