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Autumn is here with its abundance of colours and flavours…. Autumn also brings new preserves, new kitchen, new winter markets and holiday fairs and, new stores!

 

Spiced apple & cranberry jelly
Spiced apple & cranberry jelly

Ruby red apple and red current jelly with cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn and star anise to keep you warm…

 

Jams in stores
Jams in stores

Jams and marmalades in their new quarters….

Lime & Lemongrass marmalade
Lime & Lemongrass marmalade

 

Limette was shining all summer long at the market….

black plum, honey ,star anise
black plum, honey ,star anise

Black plum, one of my favourite jams…two different versions this fall: plum, honey and star anise, and plum, fresh bay leaves, vanilla and brandy.

Chutney, jam, jelly
Jelly, marmalade and jam

Another favourite and new marmalade: Lemon and East Van vodka marmalade…

~ Fine slices of lemon suspended in a bright and fruity jelly with the addition of East Van Vodka from Odd Society Distillery…come try it at the new winter market at the PNE…or the last market of the season at Lonsdale quay on October 25th…or find it in stores…

Lemon & East Van Vodka
Lemon & East Van Vodka

 

 

spiced apple & cranberry jelly
spiced apple & cranberry jelly

We also have a chutney made with plum, black currant and shallots!

Pear and lemon marmalade is coming back soon… and blood orange marmalade too!

Black currant jelly with blackberry in suspension will be appearing soon…and grapefruit and smoked sea salt is sold out again! ….will also have pure black currant jam..thank you for your patience…

 

Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you want a special order for the holiday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweetest Dark

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

– Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

Blackberry Bush
Blackberry Bush

 

My favourite time of the year…

 

Late Summer Berries
Late Summer Berries

And my favourite berries…

 

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My Grandmother Lina used to pick blackberries every summer, enough to make an upside down cake every Sunday of the year….

 

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 Now that she is 101 years old and sitting in her chair most of the day, I am sure she dreams of the sweetest dark berries….

 

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A simple, yet perfect blackberry jam to celebrate late summer and my Grandmother Lina.

 

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I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen and less time at markets…

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But you can still find me at least twice a week sampling luscious jams and bold marmalades….

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 Cherry and Orange Marmalade, Blueberry, fresh Mint and Lemon Balm, Apple Honey Butter, Raspberry and Red Current Jam, Blackberry Jam…….

 

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Sunday August 10th – Ladner Village Market 10-4 pm

Wednesday August 13th – Main Street Market 3-7 pm

Saturday August 16th – Kerrisdale Market 10-2 pm

Sunday August 17th – Whistler 10-4 pm

Come get a jar for a late summer picnic…

 

Petite Plum and Lemon, Hyssop & Lavender Marmalade

Even though I have forgotten her

I continue to eat

plum after plum…

-Haiku,  James Tipton.

Lonely petite plum
Lonely petite plum

 

Duo of petite plum
Duo of petite plum

 

Blushing petite plum
Blushing petite plum

 

I love plums, and can’t wait to make one of our favourite plum jam with fresh bay leaves, vanilla and Brandy… I named this jam Plum Coquette…

I am still working on raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.. The blueberry jam infused with fresh mint and lemon balm was very well received at the market, especially on those sizzling summer days…

 

Lavender and Hyssop
Lavender and Hyssop

 

Lavender and Hyssop
Lavender and Hyssop

Lavender and Hyssop are in full bloom…ready to share their fragrant essence to the lemon marmalade…

 

Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade
Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade

 

Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade
Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade

This lemon marmalade is made with thin slices of lemon suspended in a bright and fruity yet slightly tart jelly. The two marvelous flavours of lavender and hyssop blend in perfect harmony to add an herbal note.

 

 

Le Meadow's Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop
Le Meadow’s Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop

 

Le Meadow's Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop
Le Meadow’s Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop

I named this marmalade Terrific Tea Time… for an indolent afternoon…

Find me with luscious jams and bold marmalades Saturday July 19th Kerrisdale 10-2pm and Whistler July 20th 10-4pm…

Summer Breeze..

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy.

Albert Camus

 

Summer Days
Summer Days

 

Summer is here at last… and all things that makes me smile…

 

Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze

I am spending a lot of time at farmer’s market and meeting new or returning customers and friends..always a pleasure…

Meeting New Friends
Making New Friends

Cooking summer jam is accomplished early morning when the kitchen has had  time to cool down over night time..

Heavenly Summer Raspberry
Heavenly Summer Raspberry

The light breeze I feel at night when walking faithful Che inspired me this new jam…Summer Breeze: Fresh B-C blueberry, fresh mint and lemon balm from my garden…

BC Blueberries, Fresh Mint and Lemon Balm
BC Blueberries, Fresh Mint and Lemon Balm: Summer Breeze Jam

Come find me this Sunday at Ladner Village Market. I will also have Tayberry Jam.. (A cross between blackberry and raspberry, the name Tayberry comes from Tay River in Scotland…They grow here, I picked them with my daughter! )

Tayberry Jam
Tayberry Jam

Lots of Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry Jam, Lime and Lemongrass Marmalade and more…

Next week July 13th-20th  find me:

Sunday July 13th Ladner Village Market

Wednesday July16th at Main Street Market,

Thursday July 17th Yaletown Market

Saturday July 19th  Kerrisdale Market and

Sunday July 20th Whistler!!!

Then you can find me at the lake…

Lost Lake, Whistler
Lost Lake, Whistler

 

Have you had a look at “Small Batch Magazine‘? You will find profiles of master artisans and learn methods for the creatively curious to try their own hand at making something great.

And you can Read About Le Meadow’s Pantry in small batch magazine… I am also contributing to small batch magazine and will introduce master artisans from British-Columbia!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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!!

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 !