(Fried potato on a stick (!) and peppercorn bread)
Like the Prodigal son, I've returned to Salt Spring
Island to take respite from the busy life I've created
in the city. I don't bother with any "hellos" or "welcome
home" and head straight to the famous Saturday market to heal my
wounds. What? Food can't heal wounds? You'll beg to differ as
you make your way through the food section of the market.
Engaging with artisan food producers brings about some
interesting stories and anecdotes. Bloom Breads' baker, Tony
DePasquale makes incredible Italian and European-style
breads crafted with great technique and all organic
ingredients. He also happens to be David Rocco's
cousin from David Rocco's Dolce Vita. Keeping in
touch with his cousin has been reduced to weddings and funerals in
typical Italian fashion.
With Tony's Italian loaf in arm I make my way to David Wood's
cheese booth and sample EVERY cheese he has. I pick
up a wash rind, soft goat's cheese that I will pair with a
Oak's blanc de noir.
(Tarte aux tomates)
Spring brings with it the anticipation of a fruitful summer and
a grand harvest for the farmers. For now I am content with
bags of sprouted peanuts, rhubarb and fresh mushrooms. But
wait, there's still baked goods from Bite Me, olive
tapenade from Picnic and Company, Canneles
Borderlais from Rendezvous, French patisserie, Dough-Boys from
Lorraine's kitchen with her large selection of
chutneys and jam, date and
ginger bread from Heather,
chocolates from Artisan Chocolatier and apple
juice from Laughing Apple Farm.
I sense that my trip to Salt Spring Island is going to be
extended. Do you think anyone will notice if I'm not
back on Monday?
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Posted: Mon, May 10 2010
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