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 !

Following the Season, Following your Heart

Fresh Local Rhubarb
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 in Le Meadow's Kitchen
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
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

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..

 

 

Fiery Rhubarb
Fiery Rhubarb

 

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

Spread Love

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

H. C. Andersen.

 

Lilac Bloom
Lilac Bloom

 

Fruit and Nut Bread with Le Meadow's Pantry Marmalade
Fruit and Nut Bread with Le Meadow’s Pantry Marmalade

 

Le Meadow's Pantry Dandelion Confit
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

 

 

Meet Emerald…

Douglas Fir Tips Le Meadow's Pantry
Douglas Fir Tips Le Meadow’s Pantry

Meet Emerald the latest addition to our spring repertoire

 

Douglas Fir Tips Le Meadow's Pantry
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
Douglas Fir Tips in Jars Le Meadow’s Pantry

Bring a surprisingly fresh and minty fragrance to blueberries…

Blueberry Jam with Honey and Douglas Fir Tips
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.

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Sunday March 30th North Delta Farmer’s Market