Summer is right around the corner. And with it comes the return of the garden party. Nothing better than a few friends and their families all enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. But catering the affair can be tricky. So below are a few delicious snacks you can make. So clear out your garden with one of these backpack leaf blowers over at verellenhc. Slap-up the bunting. And prepare for an unforgettable party!
Quick, simple and easy to make. Jelly is a fantastic snack that anyone can enjoy. With vegetarian alternatives available as well, no one has to be left out. Simple invest in some gelatin sheets, boil them down in whatever flavor juice you want and then pour them into the container. The only thing to note is this snack requires quite some time to set so it is best to prepare it the night before.
Skewers are easy to eat and even easier to make. Firstly decide what you want on them. Are they going to be savory or sweet? For savory considering grilling up some meat chunks or roasted veg. Mixed that with some cheese cubes and some marinade, and you have something solid. Or get a mixture of mini puddings, pastries or chocolate and skewer them through to create a lovely dessert option.
A perfect way to beat the heat and super easy to make. First thing you need is lollipop sticks and a mold. Once you have that it’s a simple as pouring in your selected flavor juice into the mold and letting it freeze overnight. For some added fun try throwing in different chunks of fruit to bring out the flavor and refresh everyone at the party.
We’ve brought in some brand new products just in advance of Valentine’s Day – local sweets for your sweetie!
Cocolico Sauces by Wendy Boys
*NEW* Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Old Favorites: Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Burnt Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Caramel
Vanilla Salt Caramels by Wendy Boys
9 Chocolates$15.95 +tax
Valentine’s Chocolates by Chocolate Arts
Crispy Raspberry Heart – A crispy cookie wafer with dried raspberry puree, covered in dark chocolate.
Chocolate Box by Chocolate ArtsA heart-shaped box with 5 little red-foil wrapped chocolates hidden inside. $5.95 +tax
We also have a number of premade giftbaskets available, or you can customize your own.
Come visit us at our Granville Island Retail Store, or purchase these (and many more locally made artisan foodstuffs) online here.
Last week we were fortunate to have Chef Andrew Springett, of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort, on hand as guest chef for one of our BC’s Best Market Dinners. Chef Springett exemplifies west coast cuisine, and treated the sold out crowd to an amazing evening. We began the multicourse feast with this starter, which we paired with a Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka cocktail.
Birch Cured Coho Salmon
roast beet, fine greens, hazelnut vinaigrette
Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka Cocktail
- 8# Salmon
- 2L Water
- 62.5g Kosher Salt
- 500g Brown Sugar
- 500g Birch Syrup
- 250g Honey
Make the wet brine by adding all ingredients excluding salmon into a 12L insert, mixing and making sure every thing is dissolved
Skin and Pinbone Salmon, cut into ½ inch strips, add to wet brine, cover with cheesecloth
Let salmon sit in brine for 48 hours
Take fish out of brine and set in on wire smoker racks, take your brine and strain it. Then reduce till a syrup consistency.
Smoke salmon on low for 3-4 hours, glazing the fish with the brine syrup every 20 minutes. Fish will be “translucent” once finished
Once smoked, give it one last glaze, put it in fridge while still on the wire racks, uncovered to dry overnight
- 180g Grape Seed Oil
- 360g Hazelnut Oil
- 120g Apple Cider Vinegar
- 30g Sherry Vinegar
- 30g Honey
Wisk all ingredients together, season with touch of salt