Friday, May 15, 2015

twas the night before...

well it's the night before my final weekend at the market for the foreseeable future. it feels sort of odd but i'm ready.

i wrote a pretty extensive blog post yesterday outlining all the frozen food i have available but thought i should go over salads & sweets for the weekend.

classic broccoli salad: double smoked bacon, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, red onion & red pepper

quinoa: shaved fennel, kalamata olives, pink grapefruit, baby arugula & parsley

vegan potato: green beans, cucumbers, celery, shaved radish, green onions, dill & dijon mustard

i'd like to have zero sweets left by 3pm on sunday so keep your eyes peeled for some flash sales. it's actually the bluenose marathon on sunday. it always interferes with traffic & makes it difficult to get to the market so plan your routes ahead of time & i'm hoping all the marathoners will need some treats after the race!

there are lots & lots of cupcakes:

pink grapefruit
red velvet-raspberry
gluten free chocolate-coconut

there are also lots of the brown butter, pecan blondies topped with salted caramel. these are chewy like a brownie - minus the chocolate & the salted caramel really cuts through the sweetness.

i have spicy chocolate brownies too. these are a rich, gluten free option with chai masala & cayenne pepper for an unexpected twist.

and can't forget the snickers brownie - these have been a staple of my menu since the very beginning!!! they're another gluten free option but are still completely decadent with dulce de leche, chocolate ganache, salted peanuts & creamy peanut butter.

i also have loads of goat milk fudge, hello dollies & oatmeal-cranberry-white chocolate breakfast cookies.

well that about wraps up my menu. hope to see you all over the weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

big changes

this coming weekend will be my last weekend at the market for quite some time.

fear not, my trusty kitchen helper krista will be taking over cupcake, goat milk fudge & salad production for the rest of the summer. krista has been working with me for a couple of years now & has been learning the ins and outs of frostings, batters & salads. she'll be with me this weekend to train & get familiar with all the regulars & then she'll be flying solo next weekend.

here she is:

she's super nice & loves children so she'll be a perfect purveyor of mini cupcakes :)

as of may 17th my frozen food...& snickers brownies...& breakfast cookies...will no longer be available! i've been alerting my regulars to these developments for a few weeks now & they've been stockpiling in a big way. my back up freezers are virtually empty but my freezer at the market is brimming. by the end of the weekend everything MUST GO! there will be a liquidation sale on sunday. i haven't figured out the particulars yet but i'll post it to facebook & twitter on saturday night but i don't think there will be much left by then.

here's what's in the freezer:

brisket & blue
small $10  large $20
i have a paleo version (gluten & dairy free) of this in the small but i can't remember if i have any left in the large.
i also have side dishes of just the blue cheese gnocchi with kale.
small $7

chicken parmesan
small $10  large $20
there's a small paleo version of this one too

peanut-ginger pulled pork
small $10  large $20
this one is just naturally paleo but i also have a few larges with basmati rice instead of sweet potato puree.

mediterranean vegetable ragu
small $9  large $18
this one is vegetarian & gluten free but has lots of cheese.

beef shepherd's pie
small $10  large $20
i have it with sweet potato puree or the regular cheddar-green onion mash

there are lots of options but i only have a few of each so it's best to come early if you have your heart set on anything.

there are still soups too. they're all $7/500ml serving.

carrot, apple, ginger: vegan, gluten free, paleo

curried butternut squash: vegan, gluten free, paleo

classic beef stew

creamy roasted root vegetable: vegetarian, gluten free

thai chicken & rice: gluten free, dairy free

ok i think that about covers it for frozen food.

also, in case you were wondering what's bringing on all the changes...i'm engaged!!!

it's been a great run at the market but it's time to start the next chapter of my life & who knows what's in store, i may be back to the market in the fall depending on my immigration status.

i hope to see lots of regulars this weekend before i fly away on monday morning...hmmmm i should probably start packing....