We just had our espresso machine repaired...

machine bits

yikes. Thanks Yavor!

rain

May-uary

yeesh. 

Image result for orcas in howe sound peace valley oil tank farm

ALMOST VOTING DAY

corn

Look what we just got!

According to a report by the Minister of the the Department of Agriculture, published in Victoria in 1927:

BC was home to 32 Creameries, 3 Condensaries, 1 powdered milk plant, 3 cheese factories, 34 dairy plants, and 14 misc. operations producing ice cream. 

 

Per the BC Dairy Industry website, 2009:

Agriculture is an important component of British Columbia’s economy, and dairy production is at the top of the list, with dairy farm cash receipts over $490 million in 2009. In fact, even though BC has just 5.9% of the national Market Share Quota (MSQ), the province contributes 9.1% of national farm cash receipts, primarily because BC dairy farms are some of the largest in the country, with an average farm size of approximately 135 milking cows. Dairy products grew 31% as a farm commodity from 1996 to 2006."

According to Agriculture Canada, in 2016 there were 417 dairy farms in BC. BC's MSQ (Market share quota) was 6.8%

 

Looking back over our Easter recipes and posts, I thought this balloon-molded chocolate cup might be worth re-posting. Full instructions under our "recipes" tab...

chocolate dipped balloons   chocolate cups

yum!

How did it get to be March already!! It has been snowing here all week...so strange for the wet coast.

I'm warming up with our new product line from UMI'S KITCHEN...a local Vancouver company

Find out about them here: umi's kitchen

Our kitchen is hiring....looking for a full time cook!

Could be 4 or 5 days/week.  Hopefully able to start by mid March.

The Kitchen is at 511 Sunset Road on Bowen's west side. They make a great line of ready to go meals, pizzas, panninis, 

sandwiches, and desserts. 

JEFF is the Manager: Phone 604 047 0665 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Thinking about reducing plastic. I've been experimenting with these shifts in habit at home, and discovering that they make quite a difference!

Buy bulk coffee (we have MOJA in the bulk, so I could handle the switch) in small quantities to keep it fresh, in a PAPER bag. Transfer it to a sealed container at home. 

 Skip the plastic bags in the produce section. Lots of fruit and Veg can just roll around in your shopping basket, go through the till in their unpackaged form and go straight into your fridge crisper at home. There are usually "bulk" choices that are not pre-packaged. If you need a produce bag, bring one from home or use a PAPER bag.

Buy milk in avalon glass bottles and get in the habit of returning them to the store for a refund. 

Make your own yogurt...it is embarrassingly simple. See directions on side bar. 

Buy bulk granola, transport in a paper bag, or bring a bag from home.  Or make your own granola...super easy. Recipe on this website. Ditto for rice, pulses, nuts etc. Skip the plastic bags!!

 

Rainy day blues....

Looking out the window at the dark rain pouring down...it's hard to feel inspired today! Here is a nice collection from New York Times Cooking to kick start the afternoon.... 

Chickpea Vegetable Soup articleLarge

NYT rainy day recipes

Happy Valentines Day!

I'm thinking about little valentines nutella and cherry jam hand pies...

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies

An easy home made sweet for your sweetie!

Kitchen closed for cleaning today. The cafe is open for coffee and sandwiches.

Should be back to full production tomorrow...just in time for the next big winter storm!

Snowin' on Bowen...AGAIN. Our parking lot is not too bad, and the coffee is on!

snow feb 2017

And, I happened to catch one of our awesome staff in the pic....Here's Angus, out with the shovel!

angus in snow