I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic – leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places. –
Oh how wonderful it is to be alive this week with birds singing, flowers blooming and the sunshine beaming down. One can’t help but want to spend all their time outdoors. Combining beautiful weather with the enjoyment of delicious, scrumptious foods is truly a heavenly experience. Carpe diem! Seize the day! Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. In this newsletter we hope to inform and inspire for outdoor dining and grazing. But first let’s take a look at some new arrivals from the gift department.
What’s New at Herma’s
This decanter was designed by Monika Lubkowska-Jonas and was handmade in Poland. Find other amazing crystal decanters at Herma’s as well. Great for wedding gifts, Father’s Day gifts, house-warming gifts or, best of all, a special gift just for yourself.
Wireless Phone Charger and Tray
Patio Dining Food Suggestions
We’re proud of the flat chickens, maple sugar ham and New York Sirloin Steaks we carry from the Village Grocer. How to dress and what to serve with these amazing foods is another matter. Let us give you some suggestions that will elevate your dining experience, turning something ordinary into something extraordinary.
For this salad Renee mixed baby greens, oranges, grapefruit, beets, cucumber ribbons and pumpkin seeds along with micro greens. Then drizzled with olive oil and the honey cider vinegar from Bell Mela (pictured). She said the vinegar was so palatable she could actually enjoy it on its own.
So many choices!
We can’t decide which ketchup (or tomato spread) we like better.
photo by Saltspring Kitchen Co.
A little info to help you decide…
Saltspring Kitchen Co.’s Spicy Tomato Spread from BC
Saltspring Kitchen Co.’s signature spread brings fresh ginger, onions, jalapeños and a cheeky heat to the table. Pairs with aged Cheddar, Brie, Camembert, smoked Gouda, grilled cheese, avocado toast, sandwiches, burgers, eggs, and tourtière.
Ingredients: Tomatoes, Sugar, Onion, Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Jalapeños, Lemon Juice, Ginger, And Spices.
Cafiti’s Fruit Ketchup from Quebec
Created from their family recipe, the Cafiti Ketchup will remind you of your grandmother’s recipe, with a little “je-ne-sais-quoi” for a renewed taste! They’ve added currants to absorb the excess acidity of the vinegar which also adds a pleasing, fruity texture. Their fruit ketchup contains only natural ingredients.
Spicy Roasted Pineapple & Tamarind Sauce
I got it straight from the founder of Ti Kay La herself, chef Victoria, as to what would be delicious with her special fruity and spicy sauce. She warned me to be careful as to whether I invite guests as they may not leave any food for me to enjoy. This sauce is that finger-licking good.
photo by Ti Kay La
The Garlic Box
photo by the Garlic Box
Garlic Steak Splash
Herma loves using the Garlic Box’s Steak Splash when she grills.
Once awarded Best New Product in Canada, this Garlic Steak Splash will deliver the BEST steak-house style steak at home. Also a great enhancer for ramping up the flavour of dips, chicken, pork, Caesar Cocktails, scrambled eggs etc.
Instructions: Grill steak about 8 minutes (to medium rare), squirt each side when turned with Garlic Steak Splash. Remove to cutting board, tent with foil. Thinly slice across the grain.
Other splashes include…
Balsamic Vinegar with Garlic (Drizzle on salads, cheese, soups, cooked vegetables, chicken and stews.)
Garlic Vegetable/Salad Splash (Use to grill, sauté or roast vegetables, a salad dressing and marinade.)
Chili Lime Chicken Splash (Adds depth and flavour to chicken, pork, fish, sea food or avocado dip.)
Horseradish Garlic Marinating Splash (Ideal for roasts, chops, burgers, Au Jus, gravy, steaks, burgers and veggies too. Caesar cocktail anyone?)
Also try these dressings by the Garlic Box…
Garlic & Mango Dressing
Garlic & Dill Dressing
Caesar Dressing & Dip
Herma’s Cheese Shop
Cheese AND CHARCUTERIE are the perfect foods to enjoy on your patio or deck.
Also try Paulus Abbey Beer Cheese, Bufflonne Rousse, VSOC Gold Gouda (aged 3 years, rich with intense flavours of butterscotch), Le Delice de Bourgogne, Black Lemon Gouda on your cheese platter. All scrumptious!
Margaret’s recipe using Moliterno al Tartufo
Margaret has an amazing Linguini recipe in the Cheese Shop involving the above Moliterno al Tartufo Cheese (Pecorino Truffle Cheese), Truffle Oil, Dehydrated Porcini Mushrooms, Linguini and Onions. Come pick up a copy of the recipe along with ingredients while you are in the neighborhood.
While I recently loved Moliterno al Tartufo all by itself on a cheese platter, it is also fabulous grated into scrambled eggs, shredded over a baked potato and crumbled on a grilled steak.