Garlic Scape Jam

If you want to know what’s in, hit up one of three sources: hipsters, grannies, or farm folk. Garlic scapes are hip.  And I can see why:  crisp, twirly and oh-so-rarely available.  These flower stems and unopened buds of the garlic blossom pop up in late spring/early summer, and are trimmed off in order to…

Best Winter Surprises Part 3: Arugula and Pac Choy

In the summertime, eating local is a breeze.  I gorge myself on blueberries until I start to take on a round, purplish appearance.  Basil is everywhere, cheap and fresh (saucy minx that it is).  Tomatoes, heavy-bottomed and perfect, abound.  When I step into the actual foodstore from June through September–as opposed to farm stores, where…

Best Winter Surprises Part 2: Mini Stores and Honour Boxes

Until I visited Ladner, BC, I’d never encountered an honour box.  I was vaguely familiar with honour systems, with favours, with stores where if you forgot your money or were a little short, you could pay next time.  I didn’t have vast experience with them, regardless of the quaint assumptions many people hold about island…

Best Winter Surprises Pt 1: Harold, The Surprise Carrot

Spring’s nearly here.  Which means I’ll shortly be planting foods, from potatoes and broccoli to quinoa and black chickpeas. I’ve been hoarding (in true winter style) some pictures of special harvest treats enjoyed during the winter season.  As the days stretch out and the sun shows signs of actually returning once more, as the daffodils…

Foodie Penpal Goodness

This month, I have been very naughty, and shirked my posting responsibilities.  For that I repent. But I musta done something right,  because the Postperson brought me treats, courtesy of Foodie Penpals: This month was my first trying out Foodie Penpals.  I received goodies from fellow foodie Kathryn, in Vancouver.  Thank you, Kathryn! To participate,…