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Whistler… we are visiting you tomorrow with Dandelion Confit and Fiery Rhubarb!

 

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

 

Whistler Mountain
Whistler Mountains

We are so happy to be returning to Whistler Farmer’s Market!  We have plenty of bold marmalades and luscious jams…

 

 

White Peony
White Peony

Joyeuse Fête des Pères!

Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday June 15th, Whistler Farmer’s Market, Upper Village 11am til 4 pm

Stepping out

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

Anaïs Nin

 

chamomile flowers
chamomile flowers

 

Stepping out of the kitchen to admire the chamomile flowers under the plum tree…

 

 

cherry tree
cherry tree

I started dreaming of cherry clafoutis….

 

lemon balm
lemon balm

…melon, lemon balm and spearmint ..

 

lavender
lavender

 

…boysenberries and lavender crème fraîche…

 

classic strawberry jam
classic strawberry jam

 

…must go back to the kitchen..

Sincerely hope to see you on this beautiful sunny week end.

Lonsdale Quay Saturday and

First of the season Ladner Market on Sunday!!

Warm note

 

Carrot, Lemon Harissa Marmalade Le Meadow's Pantry
Carrot, Lemon & Harissa Marmalade Le Meadow’s Pantry

 

I wanted to add a warm note to our repertoire with a flavour reminiscent of a Mediterranean feast…

 

Fresh Carrot Le Meadow's Kitchen
Fresh Carrot Le Meadow’s Kitchen

 

Fresh Lemon Le Meadow's Pantry Kitchen
Fresh Lemon Le Meadow’s Pantry Kitchen

 

Harissa Le Meadow's Pantry Kitchen
Harissa Le Meadow’s Pantry Kitchen

Finely shredded carrots, thin slices of lemon, fragrant honey and aromatic harissa melt together in this vivid, heated and colourful marmalade…

 

Carrot Lemon &Harissa Marmalade with Crème Fraîche
Carrot Lemon &Harissa Marmalade with Crème Fraîche

 

Added to a chicken tagine, a lamb couscous, fresh cheeses or fish, the possibilities are endless…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capturing Spring

Field of Goodness
Field of Goodness

Most of you know by now how much I cherish dandelion flowers..

Mount Curie, Pemberton
Mount Curie, Pemberton

And I travel a long way to find immaculate and beautiful flowers…

 

Collecting them just before they change from suns into moons..

 

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Foraging Dandelion Flowers
Foraging Dandelion Flowers

 

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365 flowers will make 6 jars of dandelion confit…

 

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365 flowers, one for each sun that have risen and set since last year’s spring…

 

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Dandelion confit has a rich amber colour with a pleasant taste reminiscent of honey…

Labor of Love
Labor of Love

 

Dandelion confit is as bright as the sun and as sweet as honey.. it is simply spring in a jar..

 

Petit Déjeuner

“Oh lovers! Be careful in those dangerous first days! Once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.”

  – Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

 

breakfast in bed at Le Meadow's
breakfast in bed at Le Meadow’s

 

Wishing you a lovely week end..

You can find us and some balsamic strawberry jam, rhubarb jam and dandelion confit at White Rock Farmer’s Market on Sunday, 9am until 1 pm.

 

 

Le Meadow at River District Farmer’s Market

 

River Distric Farmer's Market
River District Farmer’s Market

 

Last week end we attended our first market at the River District Farmer’s Market..

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 The ducklings took their first swim, the pigeon posed , and blue heron the lone hunter stood gracefully waiting for his prey…

 

 

River District Market
River District Market

 

       

We had a lovely day under the trees meeting the resident of the river district. We will see you soon again.

Bewildered?

“If I can’t have too many truffles, I’ll do without truffles”.

-Colette

 

Various Preserves on Le Meadow's Table
Various Preserves on Le Meadow’s Table

 

 

Jams, Jelly, Marmalade at Le Meadow's Pantry
Jams, Jelly, Marmalade at Le Meadow’s Pantry

If you’ve visited Le Meadow’s Pantry at a farmer’s market, you know what I’m talking about…

So many choices…

Why so many? How can I select one? Which one is your favourite? I want them all ! Those are few of the comments I hear over and over..

Following the seasons allow me to use the best quality fruits and varieties, giving me the chance to create a myriad of preserves. You will often find over 20 different flavours on my table..

Like you, I also have a hard time deciding on my favourite, and I like discovering new aromas.. so I will keep adding new products, depending on my moods, the crops and the season..

You are always welcome to sample a flavour that appeals to you, and hopefully find your perfect match.

For now, at least I can help you differentiate between a jam, a jelly, a confit and a marmalade…

marmalade
marmalade

 

Marmalade: the English food writer May Byron (1861-1936) wrote in May Byron’s Jam Book : “After long and careful investigation, I find it impossible to differentiate between jams and marmalades. If any recipes calls a thing jam, marmalade, or preserves, I shall follow suit. By that or any other name,’twill taste as sweet.”

Typically, a marmalade is defined as a clear, sweetened jelly in which pieces of citrus fruit and fruit peels are suspended…

 

classic strawberry jam
jam

 

Typically a jam is defined as a fruit preserve with pieces of fruit cooked with sugar or honey until they thicken and break down.

 

Jelly
Jelly

 

Typically a jelly is a fruit juice that has been combined with sugar or honey, lemon juice, pectin and boiled until it sets.

 

confit
confit

Typically a confit refers to flowers, fruits or herbs that have been cooked in a syrup and is intensely fragrant.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day !

Bonne Fête Des Mères !