But, how do I bake all that bread! I made 45 loaves for today's market and I am exhausted. I have finally taken a few pictures.
|My bread laying out on parchment paper for the second rising.|
|My improvised bread cooling rack. I purchased a clothes drying rack and it works like a charm. I have to label all my bread because it becomes a little difficult at times to distinguish a red fyfe from a rye from a whole wheat.|
|Clear cellophane is cheap and works well to cover the bread. I don't even need tape. I just tuck it under the front of the container and drape it back. I can easily get in to serve the bread.|
|This is some of the other things I am selling. I have ice in the tub to keep cold things cold. All my packaging has my 'logo' of a splash of green. I am also selling some local organic flours.|
|The cache - in an old munitions box.|
Grasslands National Park is stunning. This is a region of virgin soil. It has never been tilled. The grasses and vegetation are all natural. A herd of buffalo has recently been located here and they live wild. The sky is big. The air is fresh. It is heavenly.
|Beautiful lichen on the rock.|
|Don't you just love the prairie grasses.|
|Examining our cache.|
For my last post on this great trip, I am featuring a couple of places to buy good food. Wildfire Organic Bakery has an amazing selection of breads and baking. It is a 'must see' place. Nice to go to see the wood fired oven.
Choux Choux. They have a great selection of special ingredients, house made pates and condiments, and take out sandwiches to mention only a few of their wonderful foods.
No visit to Vancouver Island is complete until you have sampled the wonderful fresh seafood and fish. These are Fanny Bay oysters. They are quite large but still sweet. Dressed with lemon juice and hot sauce and they taste great.
And we have no pictures of the mussels. They were so fat and juicy, also from the Fanny Bay market. We made mussels two ways - in a lemongrass and coconut milk sauce and the traditional white wine, tomato, fennel and shallot sauce. We had lots of crusty bread to sop up the sauce.
Lemongrass Coconut Mussels
1 pound fresh mussels
2 tablespoons finely diced shallots
extra virgin olive oil
stick of lemongrass
1/4 cup coconut milk
Saute the shallots in the olive oil. Add the lemongrass (bruised) and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Add the mussels, cover and steam until all the mussels open. Serve immediately with crusty bread.
What is nicer than a picnic on an ocean beach. The food! It was amazing!
Meredith made wonderful crostini smeared with soft goat cheese drizzled with white truffle oil and garnished with fresh thyme. Divine. They were so nicely presented with a sprig of fresh thyme atop. And, more truffle oil to drizzle at our pleasure! We all loved them.
Scott made a wonderful Tuscan Kale Salad. I am now calling it Scott's Kale Salad. So simple and amazing. I will be making this every time I find fresh kale at the market. I loved it. The kale was so nice and tender and delicately flavoured with the vinaigrette. You can see it in the middle bowl of the picture above.
Scott's Kale Salad4 - 6 cups kale, julienned
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, mashed
3 - 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes
2/3 cup grated pecorino, asiago or parmesan cheese
1/2 cup toasted panko bread crumbs
Make a vinaigrette with the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes. Toss with the julienned kale. Top with grated cheese and panko. Serve. (This can be made up to an hour in advance with great success).
|Meredith, Scott and Jack deep in conversation. You can only catch a glimpse of the lovely wicker picnic basket. We had china plates, stainless cutlery and cloth napkins. Perfect picnic. And such a civilized Jack, the dog. Can you see the truffle oil?|
|What is a picnic without a fire? It was a cold and windy day. The fire kept us at the beach for at least three hours.|
|The rugged French Beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Vancouver Island.|
|From the ferry to Denman Island|
|Waiting for the ferry.|
|May as well enjoy the ferry wait.|
|Beautiful sea air while we wait for the ferry.|
|The beach at Tribune Bay on Hornby Island|
|Beach massage ... $1 per minute|
|Yes, this man does have a gun. His T-shirt says RCMP. This weekend the beach has become a bit of party place. Just keeping things happy for everyone.|
|Oldest beach game on the books...let's bury him!|
|Adieu, adios, farewell....|
|Young beet greens.|
|Rainbow of beets|
|Myriad of mushrooms|
You enter a sort of time warp on the Gulf Islands. Channel the 60's and 70's and you will be right in step. I felt as though I was obsessed with taking pictures but in the end, there are so many I missed.
Like at a little outdoor cafe. There it was on the chalkboard, Valdy, performing tomorrow night. I am a flower child of the 70's and Valdy was big. Really big. Check out his tour here. This must have been one night of his Mystery Tour. Imagine, Valdy in such an intimate venue. I am impressed. He now lives on Salt Spring Island. As does Robert Bateman and Randy Bachman. Reportedly Barbra Streisand and Kevin Costner have homes there, also.
Enjoy the market.....
Ulrieke Benner makes the most beautiful and artistic felted wool and silk scarves, shawls and jackets. Wearable art, she says. I agree!
|Don't ya love it... Traffic Jam!|
|Now if this isn't the oddest thing you have ever encountered! This man had a diggeridoo and was somehow balancing your energy? I don't know!|