yummies from a loving hand
I am a capricious breeze
I am the awesome fire in the sunset
I am soft rain in the forest
I am as timeless as the oceans
I am the strength of Woman
I am Love.
|The seasons come upon us quickly|
Fraser Valley strawberries and
raspberries and other produce come and go very quickly in June and are famous as
their own delicious variety so don't miss the opportunity to preserve
your own! (Note: These are not those perfectly formed, bright red berries from
California that are white and woody inside. Our berries are a separate
variety that won't ship and need to used ASAP) You can go to the farms and pick yourself, or buy them there, or even
purchase them retail but do make yourself some delicious jam. It isn't that hard and all
you need to do is follow the directions of a recipe. You do, of course, need to
have some equipment, like the large pots for boiling and sterilizing your jars.
Strawberries were cultivated in ancient Rome, bellissimo, Julius! And are very high in vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. BC berries are vine-ripened and picked daily resulting in the berries having a unique, intense sweet flavour. Don't be put off because they are not all a uniform shape, these special BC berries are about taste!
|We believe that once you start
canning, you won't accept the commercial products filled with preservatives and
things you cannot even pronounce, there is nothing like the fresh taste of your
own efforts and the feeling of accomplishment while looking at your larder!
So go for it, fill your pantry, start today.
The summer is short but British Columbia produce is without doubt, the most flavourful of all. There's something new in every season and they pass quickly, grab on now. Why not get back to Grandma's old ways?
And why not enjoy it all year?
Did you know that Sir Edmund Hillary made a side trip to Vancouver to buy Fraser Valley strawberry jam on his way to conquer Mount Everest?
|Give AuntieJane a bowl of fresh local figs and .......||..... fig jam!|
|What to do with Auntie
stuff ... or your own good stuff ...
|Toast a fresh French baguette with cheese and top it with drained Bruschetta. (Use the liquid in a vinaigrette) You can mix Auntie Jane's Bruschetta with cooked pasta, olive oil, Parmesan cheese & pepper. Or even serve crackers with white cheese topped with a spoon of bruschetta.||
Pahoehoe flow in Hawaii can be seen on the Big Island and is the smooth rope like lava flow from Kilauea. A'a flow is the rough one. That's why we named our smooth pineapple delight sauce, Pahoehoe! (In Hawaiian you pronounce every vowel) Use it over ice cream. Spoon on chicken while it bakes, or dribble on hot baked ham. It is a delicious flavouring for your BBQ'd burgers too. Or even on humuhumunukunukuapua'a. Regardless, Auntie Jane's Pahoehoe no ka oe!
AJ's Pahoehoe Sauce ©
What can we say, Pips? It's not Grey Poupon but it's not snooty either! Use it at your tailgate party even if you're not going to the big game! Slather it on a grilled burger or a ham sandwich while you watch a cricket match and try to figure out the Rule of the White Sweater.
|Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food .... Mary Catherine Bateson|
Please try these URLs for more information about preserving your own produce -
Bernardin - http://www.homecanning.ca
National Center for Home Food Preservation - http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/
Avery Labels - http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us
It takes so little time and the reward is large. And it isn't complicated at all. To get started all you'll need is your large canner, which is only about 16 to 24 dollars, your jars and lids, about 8 bucks, sugar and Certo for berries, not even that for veggies, consult individual recipes.
Could it be less
easy? And a flat of fresh Fraser Valley strawberries! That's enough to have jam
all winter and plenty of berries left over for eating! And don't be fooled
by the shape and look of BC Strawberries. The California berries are perfectly
red and symmetrical and the BC may be mis-shapen and darker red, but flavour is
key and BC wins by a Fraser Valley mile!
Avery label products - http://www.avery.com/home.html
http://www.bcfresh.ca - Fresh veggies from 32 Fraser Valley family farms.
Excellent website for learning about what foods are healthiest - http://whfoods.org/foodstoc.php
Auntie Jane's blog - lots of yummy recipes here - http://auntiejanesgoodstuff.blogspot.com
Q uestions? We'll try to answer everything or give you a direction - firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to breath air as often as you can, it is very good for you.
The interest in buying locally produced fruits and vegetables is exploding! All over North America, people who are concerned about additives, growth hormones and chemicals in their food are looking for alternatives to mass produced, imported foods. And GMO Frankenfoods are quite honestly, scary for the person trying to look after a family. Searching out local markets can be rewarding in that you support local growers, farmers and merchants. Be sure there is one near you and if there is not, why not investigate the possibilities of starting one?
Good eating begins with confidence in your food and it's source. Buying products from another continent can be downright worrisome when we consider our agricultural and health regulations opposed to the standards in some other countries. Buying local does not mean the cheapest price, but I for one would rather serve food of quality from within fifty miles of my dinner table than preservative or insecticide laden produce from wherever in the world.
Jump onto this burgeoning bandwagon with the pride of supporting a growing groundswell of goodness. Googling the phrase 'buy local' will result in many weblinks.
|Genghis Khan Relish||Red Wine Jelly|