The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. – Thomas S. Monson
We so enjoyed Saturday’s 27th annual Open House which gave us an opportunity to say thanks to all those that choose to shop with us. If you attended, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t fret. A visit to Herma’s will certainly get you in the holiday spirit any day of the week with all the beautiful magic this season has to offer.
NEW at Herma’s
A Room full of Chocolates
We have received two waves of European chocolates – or shall we say tidal waves. I am always amazed at how Herma’s turns into a confectionary store during the holidays. A third big wave of chocolates is expected to arrive in the days and weeks to come so stay tuned.
Panettone for the Holidays
It’s official! The Christmas season has begun. I know this because Panettone and Stollen have arrived at Herma’s. At the Open House we sampled the cherry and also the pear and chocolate Panettone along with some Stollen which were all really delicious.
One showstopper is Attilio Servi 2 KG Magnum Panettone which is housed in a large crate. Imagine what an amazing centerpiece this large Panettone will make at your Christmas party. More arrivals of Panettone are expected in coming days and weeks so stay tuned.
What is Panettone?
Panettone, or “big bread”, is a holiday tradition in Italy, where it is often given as a gift and brought to share. This sweet, light, airy bread is enjoyed at teatime, as a dessert, and even for breakfast (which is the case for Herma). Beautifully packaged, they make the perfect hostess and Christmas gift.
Gift of Gourmet Foods
We think Stonewall Kitchen’s gift sets are very charming.
Cheese Pairing Collection – Crackers, Onion Jam and Fig Spread go perfectly with so many cheeses from Gouda to creamy Brie. With this collection all you are missing is the cheese.
Holiday Breakfast – Enjoy the flavours of cranberry, pear and raspberry with Stonewall Kitchen’s Holiday Jam and Holiday Syrup – also included are pancake mix and coffee too.
Breakfast Gift Baskets contain a batter bowl, spatula, Pancake/Waffle Mix, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam and Wild Maine Blueberry Syrup.
Cottage Delight Chutney from England
Bloody Mary Salsa – English Country Cider Chutney – Indian Mango Chutney – Caramelized Onion Chutney – Spicy Mango & Ginger Chutney – Classic Cheese Board Chutney – Sweet Gooseberry Whole Fruit Jam – Stem Ginger Chutney – Traditional Pressed Fruit for Cheese (a wheel containing your choice of Cranberry & Almond, Date & Walnut and Apricot & Almond)
More about Cottage Delight…
To find out more about each and every chutney, jam and salsa, including a recipe, go to the blog section of hermas.ca or click on the link below.
What is chutney?
Chutney is a savoury condiment made from slow-cooked fruits or vegetables, vinegar, and spices. Originating from India, chutneys have travelled the globe, collecting a twist in every country to suit local tastes. Historically, it was an ideal way of preserving the autumn harvest surpluses. Although chutney is known for being served on the side as a condiment, it’s also a great way to add spice in recipes. FYI…Jam is sweeter and does not generally contain vinegar.
The holidays are a time to roast and bake. Be sure you have the tools that will make this festive time in the kitchen easier.
photos by Dreamfarm
Dreamfarm’s Cooking Utensils make the perfect…
People often shop at Herma’s for adult stocking stuffers where they purchase their favourite jams and cooking utensils. Dreamfarm’s cooking utensils are often a favourite choice for stocking stuffers as anyone that has used them knows just how special and innovative they are.
Herma’s Cheese Shop
Janis, Janet and Cora Lee were very busy all day this past Saturday during our Open House slicing and serving Italian cheese and meats. Amongst those amazing cheeses were some of our favourite Beppino Occelli cheeses, Taleggio, Gorgonzola and many others. Janis is excited for more holiday cheeses to arrive in coming days. We so love this time of the year. Festive feasting and grazing at its best!
Good to have friends!
Thanks to Zak, Denis and other good friends for joining our Open House!
We are so thankful to have had a number of good friends join us on Saturday including Zak of Prep Food Co., Denise of The Porridge Mom, Geri, Ford, Sandra, Cora Lee, Janet, Monique and Madison. It was such a pleasure to have them spend their day with us. Margaret, Janis and I along with Herma’s family also worked hard to make this Open House special, including two of Herma’s granddaughters who moved about the store all day offering food from silver trays along with handing out surprise gifts.
Kudos to Zak and Denise
Zak of Prep Food Co. (www.prepfoodco.com) shared with our customers tray upon tray of amazing hors d’eouvres that he and his staff offer for catering. They also provide Meal Kits and healthy, delicious food at their lunch counter. Look for us to work with Zak the week prior to Christmas. Stay tuned!
Denise from the Porridge Mom demonstrated the use of her wooden spurtle whose unique shape allows for lump-free and evenly mixed porridge, batter, soups, and more, greatly improving texture. The Porridge and blueberries she offered was delightful. Denis’ spurtle may be found at Herma’s and would make a lovely stocking stuffer or hostess gift.
Black Friday is coming!
November 24th to November 28th – Christmas Linens – 25% off
Enjoy the savings!
We look forward to seeing you in coming days as you gear up for the holiday season. Have a wonderful weekend.
Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts