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Eastside Flea Holiday Market November 14th…

4 Nov

chu chu the urbanpocketknife

Things are coming along nicely and I had a chance to take some promotional photos of my wares.  The November 14th Eastside Flea Holiday Market is coming up fast and I still have a lot of little tasks to finish but I’m starting to get very excited!

I love making these holiday cards and watching the piles grow as I finish each set!  There’s something quite gratifying about embossing paper by hand and creating these little art cards.

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a little obsessed with preserves.  I’ve taken my favourite recipes and made small batches to sell at these holiday markets!  They are all organic made with local ingredients and packed full of flavour explosion!  This year I’ll be featuring dill garlic pickles, peach earl grey tea jam, red pepper jelly, apple chutney and coronation grape jam.

Come see my face at the Eastside Flea!
The Wise Hall
1882 Adanac St.
Commercial Drive


brussel sprout stalk….

17 Oct

brussel sprouts stalk urbanpocketknife

I know it’s silly, but sometimes I REALLY  like buying vegetables that have it’s original parts attached.  If there’s an apple with a leaf attached, it’s sure to find it’s way in my bag.  I saw a lady carrying a stalk of brussel sprouts at the West End Farmer’s Market one weekend and  I quickly accosted her and asked where she got it from.  Bolting down the stands with an 8 year old child on my arm who didn’t understand what all the hubbub was all about it, I found the stand that had only one left.

Hoping I didn’t look to desperate, I wait patiently behind 4 other people while being riddled by many questions by this 8 year old why I loved brussel sprouts so much.  I tried to explain that it was cool that it was on the stalk still…she didn’t get it.

In any case, I scored the last one for $5….dood, such a bargain.

Ok so you can’t eat the stalk because it’s woody as hell but it  looked  like a little trophy on my kitchen counter for a couple of days and made me smile.  Plus it made the best dish of brussel sprouts ever, charred, with some fried prosciutto, grated sheep cheese and drizzle of truffle oil.

brussel sprouts stalk urbanpocketknife

local BC spot prawns are in season! hooray!

2 Jun

It’s all the rage.  When spot prawns are in season in Vancouver, you’ll find that a whack of restaurants start having spot prawn courses and specialty dishes using these local shrimpies.  These guys come right out of the Pacific and a surprising 90% of the harvest is frozen and sold to Japan.  Here in Vancouver you can find them live and therefore super fresh at the Fisherman’s Wharf near Granville Island ($12/lb) or even at grocery stores like T&T ($7.99/lb).

The texture and taste is very much like lobster, firm and very sweet.  Coupled with a garlic butter stir fry thing with some fresh veggies, my house gobbled them up in no time.

Cook ’em the same day that you buy them if you’re buying them live.  Peel them or cook them whole but whatever you do, don’t boil them!  Their flavour will seep into the water and they are SO tasty that you just can’t do that!

Here’s my recipe for a garlic butter seafood one-wok kind of dish!

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