Herma’s News – Pamper yourself…Body Care and Cozy Foods

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. – John Burroughs

Dear Customers,

For something fun to do consider a drive out to Herma’s to stock up on all sorts of foods and body care products for the weekend – great for pampering oneself on a cozy, winter’s day at home.

Offer the gift of pampering to those you care for as well. As Valentine’s Day approaches consider giving that special someone in your life a gift basket filled with all sorts of luxury items.

Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets

What could be lovelier on Valentine’s Day than to offer your special someone a Herma’s Gift Basket adorned with flowers? Choose from soaps, lotions, chocolates, pastas, pasta sauces, truffle products, nuts, balsamic, olive oils and beautiful wine glasses or have Herma choose for you. Order your gift basket from Herma’s today by calling 905-885-9250.

Hand-Washing Tips using Beekman 1802

photos by Beekman 1802

To avoid dry, winter skin we suggest these hand-washing tips…

1. Use Beekman’s soap as it does not contain harsh ingredients – only moisturizing ones like goat’s milk.

2. Use warm water when washing. Hot water causes your skin to dry out.

3. Gently pat your hands dry with a soft, clean towel. Rubbing your hands on a towel may irritate the skin.

4. Lock in moisture right after washing by using Beekman’s hand and body lotions. This will create a much needed epidermal wall that will sooth and protect your skin.

Cozy Winter Food Suggestions from Salt Spring Kitchen Co.

Butter Chicken

with Salt Spring Kitchen’s Tandori Chutney

(Tomatoes, Mangoes, Brown Sugar, White Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Onions, Jalapeños, Raisins, Lemon Juice, Ginger, Mustard Seeds and Tandoori Spice, contains Mustard)

photo by Salt Spring Kitchen Co.

We carry flattened chickens, butter sauce and rice that when enjoyed with Salt Spring Kitchen’s Tandori Chutney will have you swooning for more. So cozy too! The Tandori Chutney would also be nice with curries, aged Cheddar, grilled cheese, chicken, pork and samosas.

Baked Brie

with your choice of Sparkling Apricot & Pink Peppercorn, Hot Mango & Spicy Pepper, Raspberry & Habanero or Rhubarb & Apple

photo by Salt Spring Kitchen Co.

In addition to spreading Salt Spring Kitchen’s jam or chutney onto your brie, you may want to consider adding nuts and honey also. The warm combination of melted brie and fruity condiment will be just the thing for an enjoyable night at home. Both brie and baked brie pots may be found at Herma’s.

Salt Spring Kitchen MUSTS

Pair Spicy Tomato Spread (Tomatoes, Sugar, Onion, Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Jalapeños, Lemon Juice, Ginger and Spices) with grilled cheese, avocado toast, sandwiches, burgers, eggs, and tourtière. Please don’t grab ketchup. Salt Spring Kitchen’s Spicy Tomato Spread is a must for the kitchen.

Enjoy Candied Jalapenos (Jalapeños, Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar and Spices) with hamburgers, hot dogs, omelets, tacos, enchiladas and especially nachos. Another must as it will most definitely add beautiful, authentic flavour to your foods.

Taco suggests…

Set of 4 Ovenware Onion Soup Bowls

We love French Onion Soup on a cold winter’s day. Find these quintessential ovenware onion soup bowls at Herma’s. Don’t forget the Gruyere.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

Sankt Niklaus Raclette from Switzerland

What is Raclette?

Raclette is a great melting cheese from Switzerland that often takes center stage at popular winter social events in the Alpine parts of Europe. The word raclette comes from the French word to scrape.

Raclette’s Beginnings

Recorded as far back as Medieval times Raclette would be enjoyed as a meal by shepherds working in the fields. They would boil potatoes and melt the raclette cheese on a hot stone. Once melted, the raclette would be scraped off the stone and served on top of the potatoes.

How it is used today…

photo by BOSKA

Nowadays anyone can enjoy this alpine adventure with the ease of a raclette machine. Here’s how it works…Slices of raclette are placed onto small nonstick pans called coupelles which are heated for melting. Meats and vegetables may be heated or grilled on the Raclette machine as well. When boiled potatoes and heated meat and veggies are placed on your plate, the melted cheese may be poured over top.

The process of adding food to your plate and pouring Raclette on top can be done over and over, a little at a time. This makes for a fun night of conversation at the table as your drink and eat for hours.

Chop! Chop! – Food Suggestions

Baguette, zucchini, mushrooms, small new potatoes (boiled), tomatoes, onions, cured meat and Pancetta are all traditional choices to serve with Raclette. If you are really energetic chicken, steak and/or sausages would be nice too. Yum!

Serve sides of nuts, pickled gherkins and pearl onions. The heck with it, why not tortilla chips and candied jalapenos? It could be a great way to go Mexican with fajita ingredients as well. Involve whatever foods you would like to enjoy with melted Raclette. It can be as simple or elaborate as you desire.

We carry Swissmar’s Classic 8-person Party Raclette (electric) and BOSKA’s XL Partyclette (heated with tea candles) as seen in picture.


Ask to have Pancetta (spicy or regular), Prosciutto and Porchetta Ham sliced to your liking by Janis, Herma or Margaret. Packaged salami may be found in our Cheese Shop and also in our coolers.

NEW at Herma’s

L’Adoray from Quebec

L’Adoray has an orangey rind and an ivory-coloured, creamy paste. Wrapped in spruce bark, it features a milky, woodsy aroma and slightly spicy, buttery, barnyard flavour. The end result is a silky cheese with wonderful umami flavours. Pair with a Riesling or a sweet white wine.
*Umami is a Japanese term for the rich, meaty flavour found in foods like mushrooms, anchovies and mature cheeses – one of the fifth basic tastes.

Event Reminders

Our Jacqueline Kent Sale and our Northumberland Humane Society Fundraiser

As Valentine’s Day approaches you may want to surprise your girlfriends with a lovely piece of Jacqueline Kent jewelry now offered at 50% off.

And remember…there is only 1 week left to bid on our 3 foot Husky valued at $900 and presently only bid for at $400. All proceeds will go toward the Northumberland Humane Society.

We hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Stay safe and be well.


Meredith Ender

Communication Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts

Featured photo of cheese platter by Salt Spring Kitchen Co.