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Little Bird’s Nest Cookies

Balsamic Strawberry Jam and Pure Raspberry Jam from Le Meadow's Pantry in Bird's Nest Cookies..
Balsamic Strawberry Jam and Pure Raspberry Jam from Le Meadow’s Pantry in Bird’s Nest Cookies..

Life is always a little sweeter when you’re baking cookies….

These beauties have a rich buttery texture and are simple to make. They are all about the butter, use a high quality butter and your favourite jam.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup pure cane sugar

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups four, ( I used a gluten free mixed and it worked perfectly)

pinch of salt

Your favourite jam or marmalade for filling

1- Preheat oven to 325 degree. Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla and mix well.

2- Add flour and salt, and mix until just combined. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours.

3- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

4- Press down center of each ball with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; press down center again. Return to oven and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

5- Let cool slightly on sheets. Fill each center with jam.

What is your favourite jam for bird’s nest cookies?

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies

Cherry and Apple Jam Just in Time for Holiday Craft Fairs!

Apple & Cherry Jam
Apple & Cherry Jam

 

Tomorrow is our first Christmas Craft Fair of the season and I made a new jam to celebrate! Cherry and Apple is our latest delight. Thin slices of apple and whole black cherries are floating in a light syrup with hints of fresh mint and vanilla…

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

541 West Keith Road, North Vancouver

Sunday November 2nd, 2014

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is 2$ & parking is free

Tomorrow you will also find:

Marmalades:

Lemon & Vodka

Blood Orange

Thick Cut Orange

Lime & Lemongrass

Orange & Lemon + Orange Blossom Water

Pear & Lemon

Jams:

Blueberry Honey

Black Plum Vanilla Brandy

Spiced Apple & Cranberry Jelly

Apricot

Raspberry

Balsamic Strawberry

Black Plum Honey & Star Anise

Pear & Ginger

Pear, Maple Syrup & Sage

Plum, Black Currant & Shallot Chutney

Rhubarb & Ginger

Dandelion Confit

Nectarine

Banana & Chocolate

And more!!!!

Spread the News

Autumn is here with its abundance of colours and flavours…. Autumn also brings new preserves, new kitchen, new winter markets and holiday fairs and, new stores!

 

Spiced apple & cranberry jelly
Spiced apple & cranberry jelly

Ruby red apple and red current jelly with cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn and star anise to keep you warm…

 

Jams in stores
Jams in stores

Jams and marmalades in their new quarters….

Lime & Lemongrass marmalade
Lime & Lemongrass marmalade

 

Limette was shining all summer long at the market….

black plum, honey ,star anise
black plum, honey ,star anise

Black plum, one of my favourite jams…two different versions this fall: plum, honey and star anise, and plum, fresh bay leaves, vanilla and brandy.

Chutney, jam, jelly
Jelly, marmalade and jam

Another favourite and new marmalade: Lemon and East Van vodka marmalade…

~ Fine slices of lemon suspended in a bright and fruity jelly with the addition of East Van Vodka from Odd Society Distillery…come try it at the new winter market at the PNE…or the last market of the season at Lonsdale quay on October 25th…or find it in stores…

Lemon & East Van Vodka
Lemon & East Van Vodka

 

 

spiced apple & cranberry jelly
spiced apple & cranberry jelly

We also have a chutney made with plum, black currant and shallots!

Pear and lemon marmalade is coming back soon… and blood orange marmalade too!

Black currant jelly with blackberry in suspension will be appearing soon…and grapefruit and smoked sea salt is sold out again! ….will also have pure black currant jam..thank you for your patience…

 

Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you want a special order for the holiday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweetest Dark

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

– Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

Blackberry Bush
Blackberry Bush

 

My favourite time of the year…

 

Late Summer Berries
Late Summer Berries

And my favourite berries…

 

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My Grandmother Lina used to pick blackberries every summer, enough to make an upside down cake every Sunday of the year….

 

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 Now that she is 101 years old and sitting in her chair most of the day, I am sure she dreams of the sweetest dark berries….

 

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A simple, yet perfect blackberry jam to celebrate late summer and my Grandmother Lina.

 

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I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen and less time at markets…

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But you can still find me at least twice a week sampling luscious jams and bold marmalades….

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 Cherry and Orange Marmalade, Blueberry, fresh Mint and Lemon Balm, Apple Honey Butter, Raspberry and Red Current Jam, Blackberry Jam…….

 

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Sunday August 10th – Ladner Village Market 10-4 pm

Wednesday August 13th – Main Street Market 3-7 pm

Saturday August 16th – Kerrisdale Market 10-2 pm

Sunday August 17th – Whistler 10-4 pm

Come get a jar for a late summer picnic…

 

Petite Plum and Lemon, Hyssop & Lavender Marmalade

Even though I have forgotten her

I continue to eat

plum after plum…

-Haiku,  James Tipton.

Lonely petite plum
Lonely petite plum

 

Duo of petite plum
Duo of petite plum

 

Blushing petite plum
Blushing petite plum

 

I love plums, and can’t wait to make one of our favourite plum jam with fresh bay leaves, vanilla and Brandy… I named this jam Plum Coquette…

I am still working on raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.. The blueberry jam infused with fresh mint and lemon balm was very well received at the market, especially on those sizzling summer days…

 

Lavender and Hyssop
Lavender and Hyssop

 

Lavender and Hyssop
Lavender and Hyssop

Lavender and Hyssop are in full bloom…ready to share their fragrant essence to the lemon marmalade…

 

Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade
Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade

 

Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade
Lemon Lavender Hyssop Marmalade

This lemon marmalade is made with thin slices of lemon suspended in a bright and fruity yet slightly tart jelly. The two marvelous flavours of lavender and hyssop blend in perfect harmony to add an herbal note.

 

 

Le Meadow's Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop
Le Meadow’s Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop

 

Le Meadow's Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop
Le Meadow’s Pantry Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Hyssop

I named this marmalade Terrific Tea Time… for an indolent afternoon…

Find me with luscious jams and bold marmalades Saturday July 19th Kerrisdale 10-2pm and Whistler July 20th 10-4pm…

Summer Breeze..

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy.

Albert Camus

 

Summer Days
Summer Days

 

Summer is here at last… and all things that makes me smile…

 

Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze

I am spending a lot of time at farmer’s market and meeting new or returning customers and friends..always a pleasure…

Meeting New Friends
Making New Friends

Cooking summer jam is accomplished early morning when the kitchen has had  time to cool down over night time..

Heavenly Summer Raspberry
Heavenly Summer Raspberry

The light breeze I feel at night when walking faithful Che inspired me this new jam…Summer Breeze: Fresh B-C blueberry, fresh mint and lemon balm from my garden…

BC Blueberries, Fresh Mint and Lemon Balm
BC Blueberries, Fresh Mint and Lemon Balm: Summer Breeze Jam

Come find me this Sunday at Ladner Village Market. I will also have Tayberry Jam.. (A cross between blackberry and raspberry, the name Tayberry comes from Tay River in Scotland…They grow here, I picked them with my daughter! )

Tayberry Jam
Tayberry Jam

Lots of Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry Jam, Lime and Lemongrass Marmalade and more…

Next week July 13th-20th  find me:

Sunday July 13th Ladner Village Market

Wednesday July16th at Main Street Market,

Thursday July 17th Yaletown Market

Saturday July 19th  Kerrisdale Market and

Sunday July 20th Whistler!!!

Then you can find me at the lake…

Lost Lake, Whistler
Lost Lake, Whistler

 

Have you had a look at “Small Batch Magazine‘? You will find profiles of master artisans and learn methods for the creatively curious to try their own hand at making something great.

And you can Read About Le Meadow’s Pantry in small batch magazine… I am also contributing to small batch magazine and will introduce master artisans from British-Columbia!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Limited Edition…Sour Cherry & Rhubarb Jam

Année de cerises rouges met le rire sur toutes les bouches.

 

Sour Cherry & Rhubarb Jam Le Meadow's Pantry
Sour Cherry & Rhubarb Jam Le Meadow’s Pantry

Splendid June is the combination of the best flavours June has to offer: sour cherry and rhubarb…

 

Local Strawberries at Le Meadow's Pantry
Local Strawberries at Le Meadow’s Pantry

We also have plenty of fresh local strawberries in our kitchen…

 

 

White Peony Le Meadow's Kitchen
White Peony Le Meadow’s Kitchen

 

Just on time to celebrate the Summer Solstice….

Sour cherry and rhubarb are a limited edition, come get a jar of pure delight :

Wednesday June 18th : Main street Farmer’s  Market 3pm til 7pm

Thursday June 19th : Yaletown Farmer’s Market  2pm til 6pm

Saturday June 21st : Kerrisdale Farmer’s Market 10am til 2pm

Sunday June 22nd : Ladner Market 10am til 4pm