Game Still On

Although a little worse for wear, my Canucks showed grit and determination, and won their game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. We may still be down, but we are no longer out. Can’t wait for Tuesday night!

And while that may have been the ultimate highlight of my day, there were many more noteworthy ones to share. So let’s start at the beginning, because that’s always a great place to start.

We were up bright and early this beautiful Mother’s Day morning, as we had places to be. Breakfast was light an easy, thanks to something my sister picked up when we were at Cobs Bread yesterday.

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That would be an icing sugar dusted chocolate chip banana scone. Split open, and spread with a little butter of course.

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Paired with half of a tart red grapefruit.

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And washed down with some cranberry juice.

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Whoever thought of a chocolate chip banana scone is genius. It was a little bit sweet, and a whole lot tasty.

With full bellies, we grabbed our reusable shopping bags and were off to the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market Opening Day!

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We were there right around 9 am, as many of the vendors were just finishing their set up. We made the rounds, checking out the produce, bread, prepared foods, plants, jewellery, etc, deciding what treats we wanted to take home with us.

As it is the start of farmer market season here in Metro Vancouver, the produce offerings aren’t immense, but there were still some good options to pick up.

Rhubarb

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Strawberry plants

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Bunches of carrots

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Cherry tomatoes in a rainbow of colours

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My mom, sister, and I bought an assortment of goodies, and were back at home by 10 am. Here are some of our finds.

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Little Qualicum Cheeseworks artisan cheeses:

  • Raclette – raw milk, rind ripened
  • Caraway Jill – monteray jack with caraway seeds (for my mom)
  • Herbie Fromage Frais – fresh, spreadable cheese with herbs and garlic

Story about the caraway cheese. Years ago, Safeway used to sell a caraway seed cheese that my mom loved. They stopped carrying it, and every time we go into a new store that sells cheese, she looks for one with caraway seeds. She hasn’t been able to find one, until today. Mom ran out of cash while we were at the market, but I figured since it was Mother’s Day and all, I’d splurge and get her the cheese. I’m totally the favourite daughter 😉

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Zen Organics Matcha Lemonade. I think it’s pretty self explanatory why I bought this. Matcha + lemon = awesome. I’m thinking it would be great added to some sparkling water, or perhaps with a little vodka for a summery adult beverage?

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Aji from Aji Gourmet Products. My sister was beyond excited when she saw this. I guess when she was at her friend’s house, she made some guacamole with this stuff, and it was phenomenal. So as soon as she spotted the vendor’s booth, she made a beeline over there to pick up both the original and hot versions of the aji – which is basically the Latin American ketchup. I remember when I was in Ecuador, everywhere we went, there was a little dish of aji on the table. No two are alike, as everyone has their own recipe, but you had it with all your meals.

Some other things we picked up included:

  • side stripe shrimp
  • rougheye rockfish fillets
  • kale
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • cranberry bread from A Bread Affair 
  • blackberry peach pie

Not too bad of a haul for the first market of the season!

After all the market fun, I had to get ready and head to work for the day. I packed up a sad little lunch.

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That pale looking mess on the side is leftover chicken with basmati rice & soy sauce. Ain’t no way I could get a decent picture of that. At least the snap peas and carrots were more photogenic.

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Work was pretty busy all day. I totally lose all concept of time when I’m in the store,  think because we don’t really have alot of windows, so I can’t see where the sun is in the sky. Before I knew it, it was 5:30 pm, and I was on my way out the door!

I ran home to make a quick wardrobe change, and was off to meet the rest of my family at my cousin’s house to watch the hockey game and enjoy dinner. On the menu were some Portuguese  dishes – my cousin’s wife is part Portuguese, and after some prodding by me, finally cooked up some of the foods she grew up on. Alas, I have no photos (game trumped even attempting photography), but we enjoyed Caldo Verde to start – a soup of potatoes, onions, kale, and chorizo sausage. It was very tasty. I will definitely be getting her recipe for that one.

The main course was a hearty navy bean, bacon, tomato, and chorizo stew type dish. I would love to give you the proper name for it, but I’m not 100% sure on the spelling, and my Google search isn’t quite giving me what I’m looking for. It was also great, but I was too full to finish my bowl. Especially since I had to make room for dessert – the pie we bought at the market, as well as these lemony custard tarts (also Portuguese, and I also don’t know the name).

We may have watched SNL from last night again, because it was just that funny, then came home for the evening. Such a great Sunday if you ask me!

And now, it’s that time where I say goodbye so I can get some sleep and start the new week off right. Night!

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Categories: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Farmer's Market, Lunch

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5 Comments on “Game Still On”

  1. May 10, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    Awesome farmers market finds! I can’t wait to check out the Vancouver one.

  2. May 10, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    WOW! You scored some great finds at the market!

  3. May 10, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    oh yea, i was cheering along with ya! those canucks have heart! yayyy ❤

  4. May 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Such beautiful produce!

  5. May 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    awesome haul from the market. it’s better than it was last year. wish i could have gone. next week perhaps!

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