Posted at 12:52 pm , on August 8, 2016
Simply put, fresh local peaches are incredible. I’ve been making an effort to buy my produce at local markets recently and I’m really happy about it. It feels great to support local farmers and of course, the freshness cannot be surpassed. Local peaches are on a whole other level.
My son loves them and his favourite way to eat them is in my homemade take on the classic Peaches and Cream oatmeal. Lately I’ve been preparing the oatmeal with my Instant Pot and using steel-cut oats instead of the quick cooking oats. Peaches are in season (here in Ontario), and the Instant Pot offers such a quick and easy way to cook up oatmeal. Here’s my adjusted recipe:
Peaches & Cream Oatmeal Instant Pot Recipe Continue reading
Posted at 2:45 pm , on August 2, 2016
I’ve been making an effort to get out and visit the local farmer’s markets lately and I have completely rediscovered the meaning of fresh! Eating local is beneficial for so many reasons but you simply can’t beat food that was plucked from the berry bush or pulled up from the soil just hours beforehand.
Local berries are super soft, incredibly juicy and have the most beautiful and vibrant colouring.
Many local farmer markets also sell more than just produce. I came back today with fresh produce, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs and this gorgeous applewood board as shown in the photos above. I instantly fell in love with it! The board is food safe so I can use it as a serving dish, a centre piece or as a food photography prop. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, you can purchase a similar board at the Waterdown Farmers Market from Rogue Custom Milling + Woodwork. My wood is lighter than pictured as the photos have been edited darker. The directions I received were to spread a small amount of walnut oil to keep the wood in pristine condition for years to come.
Summer is quickly passing us by and there in no time like now to get out, support your local farmers and enjoy some unbelievably fresh food.
Posted at 7:11 am , on February 12, 2015
Chocolate roses, chocolate squares, chocolate bark, chocolate drizzle, and of course little chocolate hearts.
Did I mention chocolate too much? Not nearly enough when Valentine’s Day is involved!
Valentine’s Day and chocolate will always go hand in hand. This year I decided to make some decadent chocolate hearts!
Dark rich chocolate can be made with 3 ingredients. It’s magical watching the warm honey and cacao butter blend together with the powdery cacao to create a thick & creamy liquid chocolate.
There’s no limit to creativity when you make your own chocolate delicacies. I used heart-shaped molds that I picked up at a thrift store and small spice bowls to create little chocolate drops. Use whatever you have! Continue reading