Herma’s News – Celebrating Summer with Food and Drink

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart. – Wolfgang Puck

Dear Customers,

Summertime for us is a long celebration that centers around time outdoors with food, drink and friends. And sunny weather calls for food and drink that is light and refreshing. Below are all sorts of ideas that are meant to inspire for the days to come.

Taco’s Find…

Rosé Glasses from Spiegelau

photo by Spiegelau

From its pretty pink hue to its refreshing taste on a warm summer day, a nice glass of Rosé is a  lovely, cool drink to enjoy while sitting on a patio with friends or alone with a nice book. Be sure you use the correct glassware. Rosé glassware by Spiegelau will enhance your drinking experience with its slightly tapered shape. Find at Herma’s! 

NEW at Herma’s

SMAK DAB Gourmet Mustard

Fridge + Pantry Must-Haves

photos by Smak Dab

Carly, founder of Smak Dab, recognized the versatility and significance of mustard in the kitchen as a special and effortless element to bring familiar meals to new heights – that a simple spoonful of mustard makes all the difference in the flavour and overall composition of a dish. She has filled the gap in the local food market for high-quality mustard that people of all cooking levels can easily dabble with. – Smak Dab

At Herma’s find the following special, hand-crafted mustards from Manitoba.

Hot Honey Jalapeno – Curry Dijon – Beer Chipotle – Honey Horseradish – White Wine Herb – Canadian Maple

Recipes for your Summer Table

photo by Smak Dab

For five delicious, summertime recipes using Smak Dab mustards click on the link below or go to the blog section of hermas.ca.

Summer Table Recipes – Compliments of Smak Dab – Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts (hermas.ca)

For your next Summer Salad…

Refreshing dressings & vinaigrettes from Belberry are delicately whipped for a smooth and creamy texture perfect for your next summer salad.

We suggest their Lime & Dill Dressing, Green Cucumber Dressing, Honey & Ginger Dressing.

Barbecue alternatives…

Marinated Flat Chickens

Try barbecuing the Village Grocer’s Flat Chickens which are marinated in flavourful sauces like…Maple Mustard, Rosemary, Hyatt, Caesar, Jamaican Jerk and Lemon. 

How to prepare?

Barbecue indirectly on high for about an hour or in an oven for 1 1/2 hours at 350 F. Juicy, flavourful and delicious – a wonderful way to share food with guests. Pair with seasonal fruit and a leafy green salad.

Smoked Pork Chops

How to prepare?

Grill smoked pork chops lovingly on the barbecue over medium heat. Turn frequently for approximately 5 to 10 minutes and brush with your favourite sauce. Herma personally loves Salt Spring Kitchen’s Fruit Spreads which contrast nicely with the smoked flavour.

Picnic Suggestions

photo of picnic basket courtesy of True Brands

Within this reusable produce bag (which may be found at Herma’s) we have chosen to purchase for our picnic…

Rose Harissa Nut Mix – Himalayan Salt Potato Chips – Crottin De Chevre Goat Cheese – Brie de Meaux – Cherry Merlot Wine Jam – Gouda – Divina’s Feta Stuffed Olives (hand picked olives from Greece) – French Lemonade – Fraktals – Artisinal Salami from Ontario –  Chorizo from Spain – Baguette – Cheesy Biscuits from Scotland – pretty paper napkins

Herma’s Cheese Shop – Summertime Special!

Gorgonzola Dulce 50% Off

This cow’s milk blue cheese made in the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, in the northern part of the country has a sweet, buttery flavor, mild and milky aroma and soft, creamy, spreadable texture.

Gorgonzola’s many uses…

Spread on crackers or crostinis. – Pair with pears, figs, hazlenuts and/or walnuts. Crumble in a salad with walnuts, pears and drizzle with honey. – Crumble into pasta, risotto or use as a pizza topping.  – Use as a dessert cheese on platter served at the end of a meal.

Create Gorgonzola Sauce for Steak using 3/4 cup Gorgonzola, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 1/3 cup of sour cream, olive oil and salt and pepper.

Herma’s Signature Product Suggestion

photo by Gary Mulcahey

Pictured above is Herma’s Signature Marinated Goat Cheese Round which is made from scratch in Herma’s very own kitchen on a weekly basis. Lovely spread on baguette, crostini or crackers.

And for Dessert…

S’mores – Getting Creative!

photos by Saltspring Kitchen Co.

Everybody is coming up with new ways to make s’mores into their own unique creation. Try dark chocolate instead of milk, or any of your other favourite types of chocolate for that matter. Fraktals for instance would be heavenly. Add one of your favourite fruity spreads from Salt Spring Kitchen too. The possibilities are endless.

Bacon and S’mores

Graham Cracker + Dark Chocolate + Marshmallow + Candied Bacon = amazing combination

Coat bacon strips with brown sugar and bake at 375 F for 15 to 25 minutes until bacon is crispy. Soak up grease with paper towel.

Try Gourmet du Village Skillet Kits for Dessert.

We suggest a S’mores Skillet Kit or Brownie Skillet Kit. Try adding Stonewall Kitchen’s Sea Salt Caramel Sauce to either of the skillets. Popham Lane’s Black Currant Sauce would also be delicious drizzled over your chocolate brownie.

Quiche for Overnight Guests

For a lovely brunch or breakfast to enjoy with overnight guests try the Village Grocer’s Quiche. Find Broccoli Quiche, Quiche Lorraine, Italian Quiche and Asparagus Quiche in Herma’s freezer section. Just thaw and place in oven for a yummy quiche with flaky crust. No fuss. No mess.

Replenish Summer Skin with Beekman 1802

photos by Beekman 1802


For weathered skin, cracked and dry from sun and gardening, we suggest Beekman’s moisturizing goat’s milk body creams and hand creams. Nothing beats goat’s milk for its ability to absorb into our skin creating healthy, replenished skin cells.

Message from Herma

Thanks to all who offered their love and support for Harry and me these past few weeks. Harry is back home and recovering nicely.

Wishing you all the best as you enjoy these beautiful days of summer.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts