All posts filed under: In Season: Winter

What’s In Season: Mushrooms

Porcini, shiitake, lobster, matsutake, enoki, oyster, shimeji, button, crimini, portobello, cauliflower, morel, chanterelle. What do these names all have in common? They are all varieties of mushrooms! I am back with my “In Season” guides on the blog! Since it is the dead of winter and there are limited fresh fruits and vegetables available in BC at the moment, I am speaking to the mighty mushroom, since they are grown and harvested year-round. In this guide, I walk you through some fun facts about mushrooms and give you tips about buying and storing them. I also run through some of my favourite mushroom varieties–focusing on mushrooms from an Asian origin. I have been using these mushrooms in my cooking a lot recently (especially in preparing recipes for Chinese New Year!) so I decided to shine the spotlight on them at the moment. Don’t worry, I will still cover off my other favourite mushroom varieties in another post in the future! For now, let’s dig in and learn all about mushrooms! Some Fun-gi Facts Mushrooms are …

Love Local: Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holidays are just around the corner that means that means it’s time to get some holiday shopping done! Nowadays, holiday shopping doesn’t need to be stressful or cost hundreds of dollars. In fact, I have completed my Christmas shopping early and have completely avoided shopping malls. That’s right! This holiday season, I am giving lots of local goodies to my friends and family from my favourite shops on Vancouver Island! After moving to southern Vancouver Island earlier this year, I have discovered so many delicious and locally made products. From artisan chocolates to wines, Vancouver Island has it all! So I thought, why not share these local goodies with my loved ones this Christmas? Not only do I love these products and have used them time and time again, supporting local businesses is a great way for your money to feed directly back into local communities and the local economy. In my opinion, that’s much better than my money going to big corporations! And with the amazing quality of these products, they are much better than …

What’s In Season: Citrus

It’s surprising that in the dead of winter, tropical citrus fruits are in peak season. With the high-quality imports of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, clementines, lemons and limes, we can enjoy a taste of sunshine at a relatively low price. Truly, for us Canadians who can’t grow citrus en masse, citrus season is a real blessing. Varieties Sweet Oranges: The most common of all citrus fruits. From every day varieties such as Valencia and Navel to the exotic Cara Cara, oranges are sweet and juicy. The majority of oranges that are imported to Canada come from tropical regions such as Florida, California, and sometimes Australia and Brazil. While they are available year round, the most flavourful oranges can be bought from November to April. Mandarins, Clementines & Tangerines: Much smaller than a regular orange, these little gems pack a flavourful punch and are the perfect on-the-go snack. While these three may look the same, there are some differences in terms of their origins and flavours. Mandarin oranges originated in China (hence the name Mandarin) and have a sweet …