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March 5th – East Van Bazaar!

29 Feb

Another year, another craft market!  Come see me at East Van Bazaar on Saturday March 5th between 12-6pm!

Besides the ‘ol preserves and hand crafted greeting cards, I am introducing a new line of feather accessories to float in those trusses of yours!  Each pair of earrings or hairpiece is unique from the rest and features an array of natural feathers.  They’re pretty cool and stylish!

Come say hello!

East Van Bazaar
1739 Venables St
Saturday March 5th – 12-6pm

Eastside Flea Holiday Market November 14th…

4 Nov

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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
10am-4pm

winter craft markets sneak peek…

30 Oct

I will be at two craft markets next month selling some of my favourite things!  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store….organic preserves, handcrafted holiday greeting cards, and crocheted hats.

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November 14th – East Side Flea

November 28th – Homesteader’s Emporium Winter Craft Fair

Hope to see you all there!

eastside flea november 14th

26 Sep

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It’s happening…I’m finally taking the plunge and selling at the Eastside Flea this November!  Come see me on Saturday, November 14th from 10am-4pm and take a gander at my local preserves and handmade cards at this holiday market!

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I’ll be selling a variety of holiday designs, each card is hand cut, hand embossed, hand stamped and hand coloured.  They are shall we say…handsy?!?!

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And of course a few preserves, I’ve got organic garlic pickles and organic red pepper jelly on the roster with a few others that will be added to the mix.

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Along with the holiday cards, I’ll be featuring a few birthday and blank cards that are just as adorbs and vintagey as the rest of the lot.  I’m really excited to participate in this market and hope to see you all there!

bring it on winter, I’ve got a POP!

26 Sep

pantry of preserves urbanpocketknife

It’s official, I have furniture designed to hold all my preserves.  The Pantry of Preserves or POP for short is slowing being filled to the max with the bounty of BC (mainly the Okanagon) so that when the inevitable rainy season of Vancouver comes in full force, we’ll always have a taste of summer inside.

The adventure started last year with a small project of roasting tomatoes and canning them.  Back then, one crate (about 25lbs) of tomatoes seemed like an awesome feat but now a days, one crate seems like child’s play!  Over the winter months, I expanded to bigger operations with my loyal canning friend I met at the Vancouver Winter’s Market.  We were given crates and crates of apples so of course we made apple sauce and our famous apple butter and chutney.

When spring came rolling around this year I decided to make it my summer goal to can as much as I could to stock up our pantry.  The idea was to reduce store bought canned items by at least 80%.  And voila.  It worked.

Not only do I do small batches here and there and then large all day/night batches with my canning friend (these are ambitious days with at least 4 kinds of things cooking at once), I bought a mini deep freeze to store soup stock and berries that we picked earlier in the season.

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Why all the madness?  First and foremost is flavour.  It’s amazing how things taste better when you use fruit and veggies that are in season.  Natural preservatives like lemon juice and vinegar and no artificial colours of flavours.

Second?  Variety.  Things I have in my pantry would be hard to find in a grocery store.

Third?  Economical.  I get a lot of my canning fruits and veggies for free because I volunteer so the only thing I need to buy is the jars and some of the small ingredients that goes in to each jar.

The thing you can’t put a price on is the time.  It takes A LOT of time and planning.  But it’s totally worth it if you can fit it in your busy schedule.

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So here’s a list of what I made and stocked up this year!  (The season isn’t quite over yet so there’s sure to be more coming!)

Deep Freeze:
60lb strawberries, vacuum sealed
25lb blueberries
8 500ml beef stock
8 500ml lamb stock
6 500ml chicken stock

Pantry
Navel orange is light sugar syrup
Ruby red grapefruit in light sugar syrup
Apple sauce
Berry vinegar
Pickled garlic scapes
Du chua (Vietnamese pickled daikon and carrots)
Pickled balsamic vinegar onions
Pickled carrots
Orange marmalade
Orange jelly
Orange lemon lime vanilla bean jam
Apricot vanilla bean preserve
Spiced apricot jam
Apricots in vanilla bean syrup
Canned peaches
Peach jam
Peach butter
Raspberry jam
Blueberry jam
Red Currant jelly
Strawberry jam
Strawberry preserve
Tayberry jam
Blueberry pie filling
Apple chutney
Apple butter
Tomato Sauce (red, dark and smokey)
Salsa
Plum sauce
Ketchup
Barbeque Sauce

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pantry of homemade preserves…

14 Jul

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Since I started volunteering for an organic farm last year, I made it an unwritten goal that I would try and change most of our veggies into organics and those that are locally produced.  A little tougher in the winter months but I just made an effort to be more aware.  I can happily say that for the most part, our veggies in our house are organic!  And better yet, I found a great source for organic meat too so our beef, pork, chicken and lamb are all free-range, locally raised and organic.

I must admit that we are very fortunate to be able to change our food style to organics because it can be VERY expensive.  But with volunteering every week, it’s become something achievable plus we’ve reduced eating out and instead are cooking at home more.

My next food goal (besides switching to low carb) is to replace our pantry cupboard with all homemade preserves instead of store bought ones!  This goal is quite sizeable and requires a little bit of budgeting (not only money but time!).

To date I have a good 2 1/2 shelves of apple butter, applesauce, poached citrus, jams, roasted tomatoes, pickled onions and carrots.  But seriously, how much jam and pickles can we eat?

My next investment will have to be a pressure canner.  Water bath canning is only good for acidic foods but pressure canners can add a whole whack of food storage possibilities.  Things like salmon or tuna, marinades or dressings that have oil, veggies packed in just water….there’s so much more that I can do with a pressure canner!

Sure it takes a lot of time and patience but with the bounty that BC has to offer in the summer, it makes sense to stock up now so that you can enjoy summery foods in the winter.

Oh yeah, I also bought a deep freeze 🙂  Berries in the winter?  Yes please!