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Most of you know by now how much I cherish dandelion flowers..
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..
Foraging Dandelion Flowers
365 flowers will make 6 jars of dandelion confit…
365 flowers, one for each sun that have risen and set since last year’s spring…
Dandelion confit has a rich amber colour with a pleasant taste reminiscent of honey…
Labor of Love
Dandelion confit is as bright as the sun and as sweet as honey.. it is simply spring in a jar..
“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
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.
River District Farmer’s Market
Last week end we attended our first market at the River District Farmer’s Market..
The ducklings took their first swim, the pigeon posed , and blue heron the lone hunter stood gracefully waiting for his prey…
River District Market
We had a lovely day under the trees meeting the resident of the river district. We will see you soon again.
“If I can’t have too many truffles, I’ll do without truffles”.
Various Preserves on Le Meadow’s Table
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: 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…
Typically a jam is defined as a fruit preserve with pieces of fruit cooked with sugar or honey until they thicken and break down.
Typically a jelly is a fruit juice that has been combined with sugar or honey, lemon juice, pectin and boiled until it sets.
Typically a confit refers to flowers, fruits or herbs that have been cooked in a syrup and is intensely fragrant.
Happy Mother’s Day !
Bonne Fête Des Mères !
Fresh Local Rhubarb Le Meadow’s Pantry
There is something comforting about following the season in my kitchen. After the dark days of winter, bright ruby red rhubarb is bringing back sweet memories of Spring.
Chopping Rhubarb at Le Meadow’s Kitchen
And the chopping begins; hundreds of pounds of fresh rhubarb will be chopped in thick pieces and later, melt in the jam pan, while the sweet aroma will perfume my kitchen for days…
I Love Rhubarb
Rhubarb, the hearth of Spring, with its sweet, tart, unique flavour is always worth waiting for…
Rhubarb in Bloom
Rhubarb in Bloom; bright rhubarb and delicate rose petal water for tender mornings… And Fiery Rhubarb with spicy ginger to warm up after a cold winter..
Add new memories to your Spring morning…
Find me this week:
Yaletown Farmer’s Market , Thursday May 8th, 2-6 pm.
Lonsdale Quay Farmer’s Market , Saturday May 10th, 10-3pm
Blim Market, Sunday May 11th, 12-6pm
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
H. C. Andersen.
Fruit and Nut Bread with Le Meadow’s Pantry Marmalade
Le Meadow’s Pantry Dandelion Confit
Spread love this week end with a dandelion confit or a marmalade from Le Meadow’s Pantry. All our preserves are made with love, by hand, in small batches.
Find us on Saturday May 3rd at the first market of the season at Lonsdale Quay Farmer’s Market and, on Sunday May 4th at Ambleside Farmer’s Market.
Lonsdale Quay Farmer’s Market
Saturday May 3, 10 -3 pm
123 Carrie Cates Court, at the food of Lonsdale St. N-Vancouver
Ambleside Farmer’s Market
Sunday May 4th, 10 -3 pm
Bellevue Avenue, on the 1500 block ,
between 15th and 16th street, West Vancouver
Peeking Through Lush
Sun Peeking Through
Peeking Through Raspberry In May, everywhere plants are leafing out, growing and giving the promise of a plentiful harvest. The light is brighter and beauty is all around.
In May, we will be visiting our cherished friends in Pemberton where dandelions are waiting to be foraged and transformed into a delicate confit.
Le Meadow’s Pantry Preserves In May, many of our favourite farmer’s market are beginning their season. This is where you will find us this month:
Lonsdale Quay Artisan Farmer’s Market :
May 3 – 10 – 31 Yaletown Farmer’s Market :
May 8th Blim Market:
May 11th White Rock Farmer’s Market:
May 25th We are looking forward to seeing you again at the market !
Fine Spring at Le Meadow’s Pantry I hope you enjoyed your winter..
Inspiring Morning at Le Meadow’s Pantry
Here at Le Meadow’s Pantry we have been busy concocting all sorts of beautiful preserves…
Fragrant Days at Le Meadow’s Pantry
Our latest is a sour cherry and red currant jam infused with Chaga Chai tea from Namasthé… also a fresh spring marmalade; orange, lemon, fresh bay leaves and orange blossom water…
Sweetest Petit Déjeuner at Le Meadow’s Pantry
I will be traveling on the Sea to Sky Highway tomorrow. If you would like to add some delicious preserves to your morning or your Easter Brunch, contact me and I will be happy to stop by…
Le Meadow’s Pantry at Vancouver Waldorf School Spring Market
Sunday you will find me in North Vancouver at the Vancouver Waldorf School Spring Craft Fair along with other fabulous artisans!
Daffodil Morning Le Meadow’s Pantry
Blossom Le Meadow’s Pantry
Say Bonjour to Emerald, Orange Vanilla Dream, Clair de Lune, Banana Gone Gourmet, Limette, Bitter Sweet Morning , Polpa Rossa and all our other favourites
VFM, Nat Bailey Stadium, 10-2 , rain or shine.
Douglas Fir Tips Le Meadow’s Pantry
Meet Emerald the latest addition to our spring repertoire
Douglas Fir Tips Le Meadow’s Pantry Jam
Fresh Douglas Fir Tips, foraged by Isabelle at Namasthe in Whistler..
Douglas Fir Tips in Jars Le Meadow’s Pantry
Bring a surprisingly fresh and minty fragrance to blueberries…
Le Meadow’s Pantry Blueberry Jam with Honey and Douglas Fir Tips
A touch of Whisky melts into it to enhance the essence of Emerald…
This is a limited edition. Come get your jar before they disappear.
This Saturday March 29th, 10-4 pm at the Strathcona Community Center ~ Spade to Spoon : a fundraiser for Lord Strathcona Vertical Garden Project.
Sunday March 30th North Delta Farmer’s Market