A few months ago I was lucky enough to win a local Farm Market Table Contest, where We had to come up with an original recipe using all ingredients bought from our local Halifax farmers market.
My Recipe was for Fish Tacos.
One of my prizes was an article written about my Blogging experiences, culinary life, and the winning Fish Tacos!
Please take a few minutes to read the wonderfully written article by Jessie Harrold, of purplehousecafe.com and gaze over the beautiful photos done by Kelly Neil of kellyneil.com. Many thanks to everyone for their well wishes and to Jessie and Kelly for the time and talent they put into this feature!
Click this link : EatinEatOut : Fall 2013, Page 82.
Latest Halifax Food Blogger Challenge : Post an original recipe using locally made Sausage from a list of vendors
I was excited to have an excuse to finally check out Highland Drive Storehouse Butchery, now what type of sausage to settle on…finally I chose Apple & Sage, and spotting some delicious looking Bread & Butter Pickles, I had my idea in mind!
Kickin’ it old school Sausage :
Sometimes you just want to make a classic “old school” recipe, and thats all I had in mind for this Contest. Easy, Quick and still full of flavour.
1 Apple & Sage Sausage- Highland Drive Storehouse
1 24 Carrots Bakery white hot dog bun
Local Source Sauerkraut
Highland Drive Storehouse- Bread & Butter Pickles
- Slow pan fried Sausage in Olive Oil
- Warm the bun in the oven
- Placed a good amount of Bread & Butter pickles in a side dish
- when sausage was cooked (keep in mind this could take 20-30 minutes ) I threw the sausage on the bun and spread mustard and Sauerkraut on top.
- Too easy, now Enjoy!
This month we have started selling Gourmet Popsicles at The Shack , and they are flying out of the freezer! So I decided I should get familiar with the art of making Gourmet or Savoury Popsicles to help keep our Customers cool.
It really cant get any easier than this folks…
Blueberry, Red Currant, Mint Popsicles
1 Pint of Fresh Red Currants
1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
Approx. 1 Cup Mint simple syrup
( Boil 1 part Sugar : 1 part water + 1 Bunch of Fresh Mint )
- Remove small stem from Currants ( sorry this is tedious.)
- Puree and strain through mesh Sieve
- Puree and Strain Blueberries, combine with Currants
- Add Approx. 1 cup of simple syrup
- Mix and pour into Moulds
- Remove from freezer after Approx. 15 mins and place Popsicle stick in each.
- Freeze overnight and Enjoy!
Recently Feisty Chef gave me a bundle of Garlic Scapes & having herd that when Pickled they make an amazing garnish for your Caesar, ( dammit I love a spicy Caesar ! ) I knew I had to pickle these guys up !
I decided to add some Green Beans to the mix as Green Beans are my personal favourite Caesar garnish.
Super easy & quick Dill pickled Garlic Scapes with Green Beans:
Sanitize 3 Mason Jars
6 cups pickling Vinegar
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Course Sea Salt
Cracked Black pepper
Bring Vinegar, salt & Sugar to a Boil.
Clean and remove ends from Beans.
Cut Scapes approx. in 3
Roll scapes and place so they line the jar
Stand Beans up straight in centre of the jar
Place a sprig of Dill & a couple pieces of Ginger in
Fill with liquid till top of beans are covered
top with cracked pepper & Seal.
Refrigerate for at least 6 weeks and up to 6 months.
Anticipate the Garlicky , Salty Goodness!
With such a long distance between Halifax and PEI (Sarcasm), Its not very often Mom will make the trek over to visit us on the ”Mainland” , So when she came over for 3 days last month, and 2 of the days were actually nice ( gasp!) we decided to venture Downtown for a classic walk on the waterfront.
With the Girls in tow ( My Nieces/her Grand Children ) First stop was an obvious choice on this rare heat wave day, Dee Dee’s Ice cream shop! (Did you know they have Haskap Berry Ice cream !?) moving on from there, we parked by the Halifax Seaport Market and started walking. Admiring the Bicycle Thief patio, drooling over the treats in Sugah and day dreaming of the beautiful yachts as we walked.
Stopping to check out the retro Bikes and Bike Bells at I Heart Bikes and even have a moment with the sand between our toes at the Beach Volleyball Sand court ( my personal fave place to hangout during the summer months ).
We Finished our walk at The Shack, Halifax Waterfronts newest seafood attraction, which Provides everything Fresh, local and Healthy!
With our New Brunswick Covered Bridge Chips and House-made Watermelon Lemonade in hand we made out way back, stopping at the kiddie Submarine Playground for a play sesh.
What a wonderful way to spend a few hours, and show Mom how much our Waterfront has changed!
So putting an egg on top of food has become quite a trend in the Culinary world ( simply google ” Put and egg on it “, and you’ll see what I mean ) however, I have shied away from this trend, having never ever in all of my 28 years eaten an egg! Yes you read correct, don’t get me wrong I have eaten eggs in things many times, but never eaten just an egg..Scrambled, poached, sunny side up, Hard boiled..Nope, never! So I decided it was time, and I went ahead and put an egg on it !
I Grabbed a famous T.I.B.S ( two if by sea cafe ) Tea Biscuit , spread a little homemade Hummus on, packed down some Arugula and Sprouts and of course an egg on top! (I chose the Sunny side up approach thinking I may get the “best bang for my buck” this way. )
I dont think I even had an idea of what en egg taste’s like so I was pleasantly surprised, much more flavourful and satisfying then expected! This will not be the last time I put an egg on it !
This week I had the pleasure of providing the Appetizers for my good friends at J&R Grimsmo, while they held their first ever Floral Crown workshop with Artist Nicole McInnis of Oh Dina!
The shop was all a buzz with excitement in the air and Flowers all around !
Prior to the event I chatted with Jessy , one of the co-owners and we came up with a few yummy options.
- Curry Maple Seasoned Popcorn
- Caprese Salad Skewers
- Cheese & Crackers
- Hummus and Veggie Shooters
The girls provided the drinks, Beautiful Red and White Sangria.
The event was such a huge success, the girls have decided to put on a second one which has already sold out! I am so glad I got to make a floral crown of my own and that the reactions to my array of Appetizers were so positive!
It was a successful and wonderful evening!
You can check out the great pictures Fashion East captured here.