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My New Favourite Things


It’s been a while since I posted to the blog, so I thought I’d return to action by posting about a few culinary finds that I’ve made over the last few weeks.

First of is Wedderspoon Honey. Though the Cowichan-based company claims it’s honey has miraculous healing powers (“It cleared my mother’s bedsores!”), the simple truth is that it is very, very tasty. We tried both of their honey varieties – the Autumn Forest Honeydew Honey, and the Manuka Honey. Both were very complex, and both were fantastic. The drawback for these products is the price – at $20+ for a jar they aren’t easy on the wallet. But it you are a fan of honey, they are certainly worth the price.

Up next are Hornby Island Paté’s vegetarian, non-dairy & soy free patés. Yes, you read right. This product somehow manages to make a mix of sunflower seeds, potatoes, spelt flower, yeast and assorted spices and veggies taste good. Very good. Coming from a fan of fois gras, that is saying something. We ate a whole block of it with crackers, then headed to Thrifty’s the next day to pick up a few packages to take home. I’m not sure wether it is available anywhere on the mainland, but if you see it, it is worth a try.

My last recommendation for the week comes from the baked good shelf. Pita Star pitas are made in Vancouver using a family recipe that has been in use since 1961. They are incredibly fresh-tasting and surprisingly light. They freeze very well and come in a re-sealable bag. I brush them with some Meyer lemon olive oil and fresh rosemary, and warm them in the oven until they are just crisp. The perfect mid-day snack! Pita Star also runs an Israeli baery & deli on 3rd Avenue in Vancouver – I will have to make a trip down there to check them out.

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