Char’s Favourite Things Week 2: Cooking Condiments

December 22, 2015

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Last week I filled you in all about my favourite Kitchen Gadgets and I would like to offer a big thank you to all of you who visited the market to make a little purchase, for yourself or for someone special at this time of year (or both!). This week my focus is on a list of products that are real standouts at Lepp Farm Market, all for the following very good reasons.
1. La Tartufata Black Truffle Spread & Topping
Chef Caren McSherry blew us away at our Taste of the Market with the incredibly easy but so delicious appetizer pizza she used with this paste and just 2 other ingredients!  Yes, you can do this!   It’s also perfect tossed in fresh hot pasta, spread thinly on warm bruschetta, blended in or drizzled over risotto, added to sauces or mushroom gravies, or used to finish decadent scalloped potatoes or a frittata.
2. Sussex Valley Bearnaise or Hollandaise Sauce
Yes, it comes from across the pond, but it’s the best jarred Bearnaise and Hollandaise Sauce I’ve ever tasted.  With an ingredient list you can easily pronounce and no preservatives, you can feel good about serving this delicious sauce on your Christmas morning Eggs Benedict, or like I’ll be doing, as a dipping sauce with our steak fondue!
3. Monsoon Coast Moghul Curry
One of the first products I sourced to put on our shelves was Monsoon Coast’s Moghul Curry Powder.   This small (one spice girl) company from Salt Spring Island handcrafts a number of traditional Indian spice mixes, but their curry is always on my shelf.  Any adventurous chef would be thrilled to find this in their stocking.
4. Aceto Balsamico di Modena Vinegars
He had me at hello.  When Roberto showed up at the market a few years ago and went on and on about his vinegars as passionately as only an Italian can, it was his beautiful Italian accent that captivated me.  However, once I tasted his premium balsamic vinegars, I knew this would be another staple that would forever live on my shelf.  Made using traditional aging methods in oak barrels, this premium product with a reasonable price is made how balsamic vinegar should be made, letting it age naturally from four to ten years to create the sugars and not cheating by adding coloring or flavouring to mimic the aging process as most inexpensive balsamic vinegars are made.  This makes a wonderful gift for the gourmet food lover on your Christmas list.
5. An evening to remember!

And if you’re still looking for a one of a kind experience to gift someone,
we’ve added a few more fun classes to our spring line up:

Fermented foods are all the rage, and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Jenna Sholinder is coming to show you how easy, delicious and nutritious fermented foods can be to make yourself and incorporate into your daily life.  For the cheese head, how about a hands-on class where they’ll learn to make their own fresh mozzarella cheese.  There’s 1 spot left in Butcher Jason’s hands-on Intro to Butchery course, and everyone who takes part in Chef Nick’s
Pasta Making class comes out flour-covered and smiling!
6. Spice 2.0
Cote D’Azur has created the perfect spice blend with the salty goodness of soy sauce.  Brings just the right zing to your stir-fries, omelettes or this tasty homemade curry sauce.
7. Farmer Dotter Organics Garlic Scape Salt 

Wood fired and oven roasted organic BC garlic scapes added to crunchy salt makes this the perfect finish for roasted veggies or for toasting Perfect Crostinis.