Herma’s News – NEW Arrivals, Two Non-Gluten Pasta Dish Recipes and Healthy Choices

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. – Henry David Thoreau

Dear Customers,

At Herma’s merchandise is chosen for the beauty that it brings into the world – whether it be the smell of a lovely fragrance, an object that beautifies the home or the agonizingly enjoyable bite of that perfect piece of chocolate. At Herma’s beauty is a priority and pleasure is given to all the senses.

While beauty is important to Herma, so is our health. Beekman 1802 goat’s milk adds moisture and nourishment to our skin, the World’s Best Cream helps with joint, arthritis and muscle pain and her foods, like those containing garlic along with her wealth of olive oils, are superfoods containing invaluable health benefits.

Let’s enjoy all that Herma’s has to offer.

Newly arrived…

Mistral for Men

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Find whole collections of Cedar Marine and Bourbon Vanilla which include shaving products and eau de parfum. Also find bars of soap with Mistral fragrances Teak Wood, Salted Gin, Mezcal Lime and Silver Absinthe.

Bourbon Vanilla gives the aroma of vanilla spiced with smoked oak and a twist of golden tobacco leaf. It is bold and alluring with old world charm and is simply irrisistible.

Cedarwood Marine reminds us of cool marine breezes and Atlas pine which is exhilarating and rugged with a natural allure.

Jellycat Stuffed Animals and Baby Books

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What better way to celebrate the first day of school or that first birthday than with the cuddliest of cuddly stuffies from Jellycat. A NEW and very charming selection awaits you at Herma’s.

Pasta Dish Recipes using Gluten-free Pasta

The delicious recipes offered below use Rummo’s Gluten-Free Pasta and will not disappoint those wanting delicious carbs without the swollen tummy. Go ahead…enjoy!



Recipe inspired by Rummo Pasta, Picture by Rummo


  • 3/4 lb Rummo’s Gluten-Free Mezzi Rigatoni Nº 51*
  • 18 oz Rapini (a.k.a. turnip greens or broccoli rabe)
  • the Village Grocer Italian Sausage (3)*
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1 glass of dry white table wine
  • Il Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as needed*
  • Aged Pecorino, as needed*
  • Salt, to taste*


1) Clean the rapini.

2) Skin, break up the sausages, and brown in a sauté pan with the garlic scapes.

3) Add wine, and cook off the alcohol.

4) In a large pot, boil water and add salt. Blanch the rapini and remove with a slotted spoon.

5) Cook the Mezzi Rigatoni in the remaining boiling water for 12 minutes.

6) Drain and toss with the sausage and rapini to blend flavors.

7) Top with grated pecorino. Buon appetito.

*=foods found at Herma’s



Recipe inspired by Rummo, Picture by Rummo



  • 3/4 lb Rummo’s Gluten-free Fusilli N° 48*
  • 3 Tbsp Il Frantoio Extra virgin olive oil*
  • 2 Tbsp capers*
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 8 oz tomato sauce*
  • 1 cup pitted black olives*


1) Slice the olives.

2) Sauté the garlic in olive oil.

3) Add the tomato sauce, then the sliced olives and capers. Cook until flavors meld.

4) Bring water to a boil in an ample pot and salt generously. Cook the Fusilli for 9 minutes.

5) Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce still in the pan.

Another Italian food we carry that is suprisingly gluten-free? Sarafino’s Orange Risotto and Lemon Risotto. Both delicious and perfect on a hot summer’s day.

The Health Benefits of Garlic

Touted as a superfood, garlic contains anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Plus, it’s a nutrition powerhouse. This popular spice contains large doses of vitamin C, vitamin B-6, dietary fiber, calcium and manganese.

With this in mind, along with the delicious flavour garlic can add to a dish, the Garlic Box condiments, which contains fresh Ontario garlic, is certainly a good choice for flavouring foods, salads, steaks and more.

Find a large assortment of all kinds of the Garlic Box’s salts, seasonings, spice rubs, splashes, oils, vinegaigrettes, sauces and dressings at Herma’s.

The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

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Herma carries an amazing selection of over 30 olive oils, mostly from Italy, but also from Spain and Greece.

Extra virgin olive oil is a fabulous source of good fats and health-promoting compounds. Olive oils may also hold the secret as to why those living near the Mediterranean seem to be some of the healthiest people on the planet. Try incorporating a few tablespoons of this liquid gold into your meals each day.

Research shows that olive oil reduces blood pressure and improves cholestoral levels, both of which contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease. Research has also found that olive oil helps reduce cancer, dementia and inflammation.

Does heating olive oil take away its health benefits?

Fear not…while olive oil on salads, as a dipping oil or as a finishing oil for roasted veggies will preserve the most nutrients, you may still enjoy its benefits while roasting and sauteing with temperatures as high as 350 to 410 degrees F.

Featured Cheese

Le Riopelle de Isle

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This soft triple-cream cheese with a bloomy rind is named after the famous Québécois artist Jean-Paul Riopelle who not only lent his name to the cheese, but also a picture of his painting to the label.

Beautifully melts in your mouth with the taste of mushrooms, hazlenuts and a hint of butter. Every dollar from each wheel sold goes to help the children of the Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec where the cheese is produced.

The difference between Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano…

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Both are hard, granular cheeses which are highly grateble and both have DOP status which means they are held to high, very specific standards of production.

The difference is that Parmigiano Regiano is a cow’s milk cheese that is aged longer and produced in two regions of Northern Italy while Pecorino Romano is a sheep’s milk cheese that is produced in Sardinia, a region in Central Italy.

Which one you choose comes right down to personal preference…Parmigiano carries with it a salty, nutty, almost fruity mild flavour while the sheep’s milk alternative is sharper, saltier and downright more assertive in taste. Whichever you choose for grating we wish you…Buon appetito!

We look forward to seeing you in coming days as you enjoy what is left of this beautiful summer.


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