Herma’s News – Celebrating Summer, Recipes, Drink Mixes, Barbecue Sauces and Baggallini

Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries. – Jack Kerouac

Dear Customers,

Celebrating Summer is a two month holiday. As warm nights beckon us to spend evenings outdoors, let’s continue to enjoy life to the fullest. Our most memorable moments are made while enjoying good food so be sure to stop by Herma’s for all sorts of gourmet goodies. And while at Herma’s, be sure to take a look at all that is new. Herma’s transforms itself with every shipment that arrives, making it the most delightful place to shop.

NEW at Herma’s

photos by Baggallini

With conveniently placed pockets for modern day use, Baggallini keeps you organized so you may focus on what is most important to you. What’s more? They are easy to clean and water resistant – perfect for a day at the pool or a sunny weekend escape.

NEW Summer Recipes by Smak Dab

Crock-Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

Want to try something different than your average grilled hamburger or steak? The delicious tacos that may be created from this recipe will shake things up a bit creating a fun, festive summer night with friends and family.

photos by Smak Dab

To view this recipe using Smak Dab’s Hot Honey Jalapeno Mustard go to the blog section of our website, hermas.ca, or click on the link below.

Crock-Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

Grilled Corn Pasta Salad With Chili Lime Dressing

photo by Smak Dab

Try this Grilled Corn Pasta Salad that will be a nice accompaniment to the tacos above. For the recipe go to the blog section of our website, hermas.ca, or click on the link below.

Smak Dab’s Grilled Corn Pasta Salad With Chili Lime Dressing – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

And for a delicious appetizer try Iberian Pork Meat Skewers (made from free-range pigs, hormone-free) or Wild Argentinian Shrimp Skewers.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

Be sure to enjoy all there is to offer in and around Herma’s Cheese Shop from freshly sliced artisan cheese to Herma’s Signature dips and spreads, charcuterie and crackers, olives, cheese knives, platters and so much more. We carry everything you need for an amazing summertime spread.

To have your Prosciutto DOP sliced just for you, be sure to ask Janis, Margaret or Herma. They will be happy to provide this service.

Today’s NEW cheese arrival waiting to be sliced and packaged…

Feta Cheese PDO

We are very excited about the arrival of a fresh feta made from goat and sheep’s milk. Aged in wooden barrels, this Feta has special PDO status which ensures that it has been created and produced in Greece using traditional methods. Most Feta one finds in supermarkets comes prepackaged, however, this special Feta has been delivered to us in one large block that we will soon be slicing and packaging ourselves just in time for the weekend.

Feta’s salty and tangy qualities come from the brine that is used to make it, causing it to be a lovely addition to all sorts of recipes (the above Grilled Corn Pasta Salad being one such recipe). In Greece you’ll most often find Feta served in a traditional salad involving tomatoes on the vine, cucumbers, red onion, Kalamata olives, Greek Olive Oil and oregano – so refreshing!

Beet Salad with Spinach and Feta 

Another lovely salad would be to arrange spinach leaves on 4 salad plates and top them with diced beets (we suggest Cafiti’s), crispy crumbled bacon, red onion, and pecans or walnuts. Top with Feta and a drizzle of Vinaigrette. Mmm…very tasty.

Split Tree Cocktail Company

photos by Split Tree

For a special treat on a hot day try Split Tree Cocktail Soda Mixes created in Ottawa by a family-run company that makes small batch, handcrafted cocktail ingredients for those serious about fine drink.

At Herma’s find…

Hand-crafted by combining freshly squeezed lemon, lavender flowers, and a dash of sugar, this mix is designed for the daring and demure alike. The citrus and floral aromas pair beautifully with vodka, gin, and Campari, Aperol and Chartreuse for a refreshing cocktail with an authentic craft taste.

Rhubarb & Elderflower Cordial

Made with whole, fresh rhubarb, lemons, elderflower, and a hint of sugar, this cocktail mix hits all the best notes – sweet, tart, and subtly floral.

Blackberry and Blackcurrant Cordial

photo by Split Tree

Luscious whole blackberries and blackcurrants combine with a hint of sugar and dash of fresh lemon juice to create this vibrant, regal mix. Our Blackberry & Blackcurrant Cordial is unique and versatile, pairing beautifully with vodka, gin, apple cider, even stout beers (we recommend Guinness).

How to use Split Tree Soda Mixes…

Split Tree Recipes

 For recipes go to the blog section of our website, hermas.ca, or click on the link below.

Split Tree Cocktail Company Soda Mixes – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

Barbecue Sauces

Every kind imaginable for those with a discerning palate.

photo by Stonewall Kitchen

It would not be reasonable for me to expect you to read the entire list of 35 barbecue and grill sauces that Herma carries. What’s more? I didn’t even list them all. If you have discerning tastes and plan to cook meat on the barbie this weekend, Herma’s is definitely a stop you will want to make.

Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce – Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon BBQ Sauce – Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Sauce – Rufus Teague’s  Smoke’n Chipotle Sauce – Rufus Teague’s Whiskey Maple Sauce – Rufus Teague’s Honey Sweet Sauce – Rufus Teague’s Touch O’ Heat – Rufus Teague’s K.C. Bold and Smoky Mustard Barbecue Sauce – Rufus Teague’s Smody Apple BBQ Sauce – Rufus Teague’s Blazin’ Hot Barbecue Sauce –  Gourmet Village’s Smoky Maple Chipotle BBQ Sauce– Gourmet Village’s Classic Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce  – Cattle Boyz Original BBQ Sauce – Cattle Boyz Chipotle Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce – Lilie’s Zero Sucre Carolina Western North Carolina BBQ Sauce – Lillie’s Smoky Memphis-Style Barbecue SauceSable & Rosenfeld Tipsy BBQ Sauce -Stonewall Kitchen Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Honey Barbecue Sauce –Stonewall Kitchen Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Horseradish Peppercorn Grille Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Curried Mango Grille Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Baby Back Rib Grill Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Apple Grille Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Bourbon Molasses Barbecue Sauce – Stonewall Kitchen Smokey Peach Whiskey Sauce –Stonewall Kitchen Maple Chipotle Grill Sauce 3 Angry Cats Spicy BBQ Sauce with Bourbon & Maple – 3 Angry Cats Alley Cat BBQ Sauce Jerk & Rum – 3 Angry Cats Black Cat BBQ Sauce with Black Garlic & Maple Syrup – 3 Angry Cats Stray Cat BBQ Sauce Blueberries and Vodka – 3 Angry Cats Spicy BBQ Sauce with Bourbon & Maple – Smoke Show Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce – and so much more!!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend as you continue to celebrate the beauty of summer and all it has to offer.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts