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2-4-1 Vancouver Farmers Holiday Market

Vancouver-Farmers-Market
The Vancouver Farmers Holiday Market is taking place this Saturday and we are pleased to be teaming up with them again to offer 2 for 1 admission! How do I take advantage of this deal?

  1. Attend either the Vancouver Farmers Holiday Market or Got Craft? over at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver.
  2. Get a hand stamp at the front desk.
  3. Show your hand stamp at the other event and get in free!

Simples!

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Vancouver Farmers Holiday Market
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
10:00 – 4:00pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

in a pickle!

Making-Pickles-1Every year when the season begins to change, I tell myself that I’m going to try making pickles. Last year, I even went as far as buying all the ingredients minus the actual cucumbers and seasonings! So when I started spotting fresh dill and cucumbers at the farmer’s market, I declared that this was the year of the pickle! I don’t even know why I had put it off for so long. These were easy!

Making-Pickles-3Making-Pickles-4adapted from freutcake

Ingredients:
fills 4 medium (5 cup) jars

  • 4.5 cups of distilled white vinegar
  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 tsp of kosher salt
  • 4 pounds of small cucumbers (slices or spears)
  • handful of fresh dill

optional: sliced garlic, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, chiles, fennel, peppercorns, cloves, garlic scapes

Making-Pickles-2

Directions:

  1. Throughly wash your jars, lids, cucumbers, and fresh dill. Cucumber pickles do not need a water bath as the vinegar will stop any bacterial growth. If you wish to process them in a water bath, it will extend the shelf life (up to one year). 
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar and salt is dissolved.
  3. Pack the cucumbers in the jars, dividing the dill and other herbs.
  4. Once cooled, ladel the liquid mixture into the jars making sure to cover everything.
  5. Seal tightly and refrigerate. We used a mixture of dill, garlic, and fresh jalapeños. Obviously, the longer it sits, the more flavourable, but we couldn’t resist sampling them after a few hours and you could already taste the mix of seasonings!

field trip :: pimlico road market

It’s been a mix of sun, cloud and a bit of rain lately, or as some would say, a typical “British summer”. Unlike Vancouver, the weather changes quite quickly over here. We’ve noticed that rain often lasts a few minutes to a few hours where in Vancouver, it could rain for days. That being said, it makes it very hard to decide on an outfit!

We started the day with plans to check out the Battersea High Street Market, but didn’t research it prior to leaving the house and somehow ended up looking for it in Clapham Junction. So, we jumped on a bus and headed out to the Pimlico Road Farmer’s Market as we had seen stalls set up the weekend prior at Mozart Square.

This is a really nice area with gorgeous homes, art and antique shops and lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants to dine in. If you are not in a hurry, take the bus or stroll up Pimlico Road (which turns into Royal Hospital Road) and visit the National Army Museum (free).