Herma’s News – Valentine’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday – Preparing for two very different occasions.

Carry your heart through this world like a life-giving sun. – Rumi

Dear Customers,

February has arrived and with it we have two interesting but very different reasons to have fun.

On the one hand we have Valentine’s Day on February 14th to be enjoyed with a significant other in some intimate, romantic way or maybe as a girl’s night watching romantic movies and partying. Either way you celebrate it, you will probably want to indulge yourself with decadent foods like a voluptuous, buttery brie and silky, smooth chocolates.

On the other hand, we have Super Bowl Sunday on February 12th which calls for a fun, rowdy party even if it’s just you and your family. In this case, casual, comfort foods are in order. Let’s address both circumstances, but first take a look at gift ideas you might want to share with a friend or loved one to show you care on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day

Wrapped Gift Certificates

Find already wrapped in increments of $25, 50 and 100.

Beautiful Gift Baskets

In the gift basket pictured find…

Godiva Chocolates – Fraktals – Mini Pears – Chocolate Covered Beans

Olive Oil Gift Set – Perfect for the foodie!

Sold as a set, these small, pretty bottles of olive oil pictured would make the perfect gift for someone that loves to cook. Included are Chateau d’Estoublon Huile Olive Oil and Arome Truffe Olive Oil.

Baked Brie for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day serve oozing, melted, sinfully delicious baked brie with a yummy topping. Your guests or loved ones will be forever grateful.

photo by Saltspring Kitchen Co.

Baked Brie 101

1.Place wheel of room-temperature brie in your cheese baker or oven-proof pot. Make very shallow slits across the top of the brie, just through the rind layer in a criss-cross pattern.

2.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place what you would like to add to your baked brie on top and around. Bake for 10 – 25 minutes, until very soft. Keep an eye while baking until its melted and warm.

3.Dip toasted baguette or crackers into melted cheese.

photo by Emile Henry

Topping Ideas for your Baked Brie – So many choices!

Honey – Chopped Nuts – Crumbled Bacon – Brown Sugar – Thinly Sliced Apple Slices – Caramelized Pears – Onions – Maple Syrup – Cinnamon – Mixed Nut and Truffle Honey – Fruit Spreads…like Origen’s Hot Chili Pepper Jam – Snowdonia’s Pear, Date and Cognac Chutney – Salt Spring Kitchen Co.’s Apricot and Pink Pepppercorn Fruit Spread – Salt Spring Kitchen Co.’s Cranberry, Sour Cherry and Port Preserve – Preservatory’s Caramelized Onion with Black Cherry

Tip for Preparing Bacon Topping

Lay bacon on a prepared baking sheet. Mix pecans, brown sugar and sea salt in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the bacon. Place in oven at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes. Crumble over brie.

Tip for Preparing Apple Topping

Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple slices and 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and brown, about 8 minutes. Place on top and around brie.

Special Valentine’s Day Hear-Shaped Cheese

L’Attrappe Coeur is a heart-shaped bloomy rind cheese that is gentle and mild with an aroma of mushroom and a buttery texture. Beautiful on a cheese board for Valentine’s Day.

Our pink Heart-Shaped Wensleydale Cheese is blended with strawberry and a hint of Prosecco, making this a lovely dessert cheese for Valentine’s Day.

Herma’s February Special

Caramelized Onion Cheddar

This aged cheddar is both creamy and sharp with actual bits of caramelized onion found within. Lovely on its own enjoyed with crackers, this yummy cheese would also work nicely into recipes involving hamburgers, potatoes and veggies. Enjoy the savings!

Let the games begin with delicious snacking.

photo by Saltspring Kitchen Co.

Our Food Suggestions…

French Fries cooked in Duck Fat (Find in Freezer) – Artisanal Salami – Bison Salami – German Salami – Charcuterie Mustard – Beer and Whiskey Cheeses – Crackers – Almonds – Olives – Prosciutto – Pizzas (Find in Freezer) – Barbecue Sauces (amazing variety) – Salsas (many unique flavours) – Tortilla Chips – Bacon-Wrapped Scallops (Find in freezer.)

Our favourite game day snack?

Nacho Average Nacho Platter

Pacific Wildfire Queso Recipe

For queso using Pacific Wildfire Cheese click on the link below or go to the blog section of hermas.ca.

Pacific Wildfire Nacho Cheese Dip Recipe – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

About Pacific Wildfire Cheese

This Verdelait cheese, which has a hint of cheddar, raclette and gouda, is combined with habanero peppers and a touch of black pepper. It has great melting capabilities which lends itself well to topping hamburgers and for creating queso to use in Mexican dishes.

Nacho Topping Suggestions

Saltspring Kitchen Co. Candied Jalapenos + Saltspring Kitchen Co. Pineapple, Turmeric, Achiote Hot Sauce = Perfect Combination

The sweetness of the pineapple mixed with the candied jalapenos along with the heat of turmeric and achiote make the perfect combination.

Less spicy option…

For something less spicy choose from one of our tangy barbecue sauces and drizzle over pulled pork or shredded chicken, finely chopped onions and cheese-covered nachos.

Mezcal Caesar Recipe
Click on the link below or go to the blog section of hermas.ca for a yummy game day drink.

Manoucher’s Artisanal Bread

photo by Manoucher Food Company

Our Manoucher baguet and folded loaves (located in our freezers) have been flash-frozen after being made fresh by hand and baked in Toronto by artisanal bakers. Once thawed you will enjoy the perfect baker’s bread to enjoy as a sandwich, to use as a vehicle for cheese and dips or eaten on its own slathered with butter.

Herma’s Signature Products

Great for serving guests and snacking!

photo by Gary Mulcahey

Find a fabulous selection of dips and pates that are made fresh on a weekly basis in Herma’s very own kitchen. For Game Day we suggest Beer Cheese, Savoury Cheddar Spread, Chicken Liver Pate, Cheddar Bacon Spread and Sundried Tomato Dip. To make them even more delicious, the last two mentioned may be served warm.

Have a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you in coming days.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts