You Say Tomato, I say Tommotto!

Tomato, tommotto, the same thing right!

This year our little thumbs turned a lil green, we are proud to say we can grow things! Tomatoes are in abundance over here in this yard, as well as jalapeños, that will be for another post! I have quickly discovered you can pickle/can tomatoes, and make wonderful dishes like this Gruyere Tomato Tart I am about to share with you!

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Thanks to the Food Network Magazine subscription, I tried this tasty dish on the weekend. It was a HIT! I am glad I made 2 of them for our family dinner of 7.

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I used a variety of our cherry tomatoes plus our larger variety tomato. Along with our fresh herbs, it was beautiful to look at and tasty in our mouths. I highly recommend trying this, and change up the cheeses bit, I added a spicy cheese!

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Have I got your mouth watering yet!?

Here is the simple recipe!

Roll out 1 thawed puff pastry sheet in to a 10 x 14 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface; transfer to a  parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese, leaving a 2-inch border on the long sides. Top with 4 sliced crumbled cooked bacon, 3 thinly sliced tomatoes, 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, 1/2 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Fold in long sides; cut vents in the pastry. Fold in 1/2 inch of the short ends, pinching to seal. Brush the pastry with 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water. Bake at 400 until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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Getting our Brew On!

This mid June weather we are having is absolutely AMAZING! I had waited all week for Sunday Funday! I had my heart set on getting some yummy BC spot prawns, as it’s the time of year for them. As well, I know Papa Bird loves his craft beer, so it was a perfect opportunity to go and explore two more craft beer breweries in Vancouver and get my prawns.

Papa Bird has really developed a love for this stuff. Honestly, not being a beer drinker, I am trying really hard to like it. Today, I tried ‘sours’.Well, I must say, the sours I sampled weren’t all that bad. I could drink a glass of it I think! Why hadn’t I tried these last year when we went to Bend, Oregon on the Ale Trail tour. For beer lovers, I highly recommend this. Try to hit all the breweries on the map, get the ‘passport’ stamped, and than turn it in for your commemorative mug.

Today we went to the famous Parallel 49 brewery in Vancouver, as well R&B Brewing. The two of them had completely different feels, but were both awesome. I think it is the combination of the service, the energy, the environment, the swag and the beer. Swag=growlers, t-shirts, hats etc, (I could become addicted to collecting growlers!).

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We arrived early to Parallel 49, and it was wonderful to be the only ones in there, lots of samples, great information and great conversation with staff. The infused beer was different, but I kind of liked it, lime & sage!

Our second brewery stop, we honestly kind of stumbled upon. We parked the car, looked over and there it was! Again, we were the only ones there as it had just opened. Colby greeted us with an introduction and a handshake, he was so lovely, I just wanted to take him home with us! After trying a few samples Papa Bird decided on filling the growler with their Red Devil IPA it was time to hit the road for some Whiskey Hazelnut ice cream at Ernest Ice Cream, another MUST GO  to place!

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Some other breweries we have been to and recommend in the area are Old Abbey Ale, Postmark Brewery, Granville Island, Steel and Toad, Steamworks, Steel and Oak, Old Yale, and 33 Acres. We highly recommend all the listed ones, you will not be disappointed! We can’t pick a favourite as we enjoy all of them!

We had tentative camping plans for next weekend but are already discussing the desire to go back and find more beer!

Where are some of your favourite craft beer places? I would love to hear about it and what you recommend we visit!

Keep on Whine’in

I don’t know how many times I have said, I just love living in such an amazing province. The beauty of the outdoors, which can easily be taken for granted, the amazing food that is grown within a 100 mile radius as well as so many events and activities that happen in the communities.

I have so many adventures to share, and it was hard to choose one to write about today! It was an easy decision to share the first one that came to mind, it’s about WINE! Yes wine, I do enjoy love wine!

Recently in the rural area of Campbell Valley, there was a small self guided wine tour, consisting of four wineries, which were approximately a 45 minute drive from our house. Why drive four hours to the Okanagan when we have it right here in our back yard. Although I say that, I do love Okanagan wines too and want to do some tours there.

My husband and I decided to take in this event, which covered Backyard Vineyards, Domaine de Chaberton, Township 7 Vineyard and D’Oro Farms and Winery.  There were wine samples, snacks, live entertainment and tours. It was an absolutely amazing event, with most of our time spent at Domaine de Chaberton. Our son and daughter in law joined us there for the afternoon, where we sat at a picnic table and had the most wonderful time eating and sipping. I honestly CANNOT wait to go back!

We spent far too much money this day on wine, but it was well worth it. If you have never been, I highly recommend visiting these gems. They are a great place to meet after work for a glass of wine, a place to buy gifts or to purchase a bottle of two for your own enjoyment.

Here are some pictures of the day touring.

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Where are your favourite wineries? I would love to hear about them!

Cheers.