An Indulgent Weekend

I just enjoyed a delightfully indulgent foodie weekend. Well, perhaps weekend is a bit of a lie – I had Saturday off, worked Sunday, then had Monday off – but whatever, it’s a close to a weekend as I get these days! The fact that I had a whole Saturday free to do what I pleased was the amazing part, and what prompted me to indulge in a plethora of culinary treats!

It started off Saturday morning with a trip to the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market – my first farmer’s market of the year!

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Keeping in mind the fact that I am living on my own again, I made sure not to go too hog wild with all the fresh local produce available. I did pick up two bunches of beets, a zucchini, oyster mushrooms, garlic scapes (simply because I was amazed they were still around!), and my absolute favourite summer fruit…fresh raspberries.

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Of course, I had to pick up a few baked treats as well. Here we have a nutella brioche(!) and a carrot cake cream cheese muffin, both from Pure Bread in Whistler. The carrot cake muffin was good, but too greasy, while the nutella brioche was as awesome as it sounds.

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I made a stop over at Whole Foods afterwards, to pick up a few random things – ginger beer, kombucha, power energy squares (I think that’s what they are called), and Larabars.

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I also found myself in possession of fresh apricots and rainier cherries, direct from the Okanagan, courtesy of my most wonderful boyfriend. Does he know me or what?

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Speaking of cherries…they were on sale for an insane price at my store this week, so I may have bought 6 lbs or so.

 

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And to repay the boyfriend’s generosity, I stopped by the fancy liquor store and picked up some interesting brews for him to try out. Okay, so I kinda want to know what they taste like too, but I can never drink more than a few sips of any beer, so I guess it’s a treat for both of us.

 

It wasn’t all about shopping for treats though – I also got busy creating things in the kitchen!

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I tried out a new salmon recipe (seeing as fresh wild sockeye was on sale this week at work), from a new to me Canadian foodie magazine.

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I enjoyed more than a few cherries as is…

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…and pitted the rest to stock my freezer.

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I turned those garlic scapes into a rich, flavourful pesto (recipe to come).

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I tested out this new (to me) kombucha flavour – Synergy Maqui Berry Mint. Loved the mint with the acidic kombucha flavour. It might even be my new favourite.

And last, but certainly not least…

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…I tested out a new muffin recipe. Good, but not perfect. Once it is, I’ll let you know.

 

What was the most indulgent thing you got up to this weekend?

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Categories: Baking, BC, Dinner, Drink, East Van, Farmer's Market, Fruit, Local

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