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Cooking Tips

  • Oranges do not ripen after they are picked, but lemons do.
    4 lemons yield about 1 cup of juice

  • Get the most juice out of your lemon by warming it in the microwave for 15 seconds or rolling it with your hand on the counter before juicing.

  • When whipping cream, add sugar when the cream is mostly whipped, and the cream will whip to a higher volume.

  • When whipping cream, the cream should be as cold as possible and the bowl should also be very cold.

  • Fixing over salted soup: If soup has been over salted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb the salt.

  • When salting boiling water always wait until the water has come to a boil before adding salt. Adding the salt before the water comes to a boil only slows down the boiling process.


Featured Article

The Benefits of Eating Seasonal Foods

Why Eat Food in Season?

There are many benefits to watching what is in season at your grocery store or farmersí market and enjoying the delicious local produce that we have available to us.

Firstly, locally grown produce is healthier for you! Food that has been picked before fully ripened or ready, stored and then often shipped from other countries over a period of days, and sometimes weeks, will have fewer nutrients than fresh local produce that is in season. This applies particularly to items such as broccoli and asparagus.

Most fruit and vegetables picked and eaten close to the source will taste better. The shorter the growing season, i.e. asparagus, fiddleheads, strawberries, and the more important this is.

Local produce in season is generally more economical to buy. When we buy local, we support our local farmers. This keeps prices down and ensures a larger supply of fresh local produce. We are fortunate to live near many local farms and the Fraser valley supplies us with some of the tastiest fruit and vegetables in the world.

The increasing number of farmersí markets springing up around Vancouver every year, as well as all the roadside farmersí stands located throughout the Lower Mainland, allows us the perfect opportunity to get our fruits and vegetables directly from the source and to really appreciate what is in season.

Here are some examples of what we have to look forward to in the coming months:




Bok Choy
Snow peas



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