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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What grocery stores carry your breads?


Every week, scratch that every day a customer comes in to the bakery and asks? Where else can I get your bread?

We say no where else but here and at the Farmers Market's. They look at me like I am from Mars and say why not?

My response is always the same , because we love to see who are customers are, what they like, if they enjoy what we do.

Some people get it right away and are happy with that response, while others secretly go away saying, what idiots, don't they realize how much more money they could be making if they sold to the supermarkets. Which I guess is true, but if we were in this just for the money, believe me there are a lot less demanding ways to make a buck.

Besides you can not make good honest bread on a large scale. You need machines and additives and stabilizers and mold inhibitors, plastic and speed and that is just the kind of bread supermarkets will gladly sell you, and for not much less than the real hand made stuff either.

I also feel that if people want bakeries like ours to exist they have to stop expecting to buy it from a supermarket. They have to come to the Mom and Pop places, like our parents used to do. Towns were once full of of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, now sadly most are just a long line of strip malls and big box retailers. It really saddens me to think of how few options we now have to get real food from the actual producer, the artisans who bother to take the time to do it right and take pride in making it.

This is why I love and support Farmers Markets and the little artisan shops everywhere. Yes real products cost more, and they should, it is people not machines or big corporations in charge of the food, it is real people making real products for us to enjoy.

OK, off my soap box, we just hope to see your smiling face at the bakery!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Whistler is my Town

I am often asked by our customers. Where would you go for certain things like food, shops etc? And what do you like about Whistler? so I jotted down a few of the things that make Whistler

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Lost Lake

When I crave sushi I
always go to Sachi

To escape people I head to
the trails, any one of the trails, you rarely see anyone

If I want to shop I go to

If you come to my town, get your picture taken on the top of Whistler Mountain with Black Tusk in the background.

If you want Ethnic- you must have Tandoori Grill

When I'm feeling cash-strapped, I go Samurai

For Great Views- everywhere

If my town were a celebrity it'd be,
Woody Harrelson wild and crazy and forever young

The most random thing about my town is the
Canine Wine and Dine

My town has the most single women wishing that there were not so many ski bums.

In my town, an active day outdoors involves running, skiing, snowboarding you name it , it's here

My town's best cultural hot spot is the Whistler Farmers Market, mix it with the locals. the farmers and the artists.

My favorite running route is
Riverside Trail or Comfortably Numb if I'm fit.

You can tell a lot about my town from attending a council meeting- but for fun the Telus
Ski and Snow Board Festival, Children's Art Festival and Cornucopia

You can tell if someone is from my town if they have a bike worth more than their car.

In the spring, ski in the morning and mountain bike in the afternoon and apres anywhere.

In the summer you should have a dinner picnic at Lost Lake.

In the fall, September is the best month warm days and no crowds.

In the winter you should do First Tracks on a bluebird weekday.

A hidden gem in my town is
Lost Lake and it's trails

Fo breakfast try the

For a splurge go to The Rim Rock

Just outside my town, you can visit Pemberton for a slice of farm life.

The best way to see my town is by

If my town were a pet it would be a puppy lots of energy, loves the outdoors, and has an easygoing personality.

If I didn't live in Whistler I'd live in

When I think about my town, the song that comes to mind is Journey's Don't Stop Believing

Monday, January 3, 2011


Real Bread,

(has nothing to hide).

Real bread is

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Salt

Real Bread Isn't

E481 (sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate), E472e (mono- and diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), E920 (l-cysteine), E282 (calcium propionate), E220 (potassium sorbate), E300 (ascorbic acid), E260 (acetic acid) soya flour, vegetable fat and dextrose.

Whistler- I love this little town!

Great Video of our little town from Whistler Blackcomb

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

This little gem of a cheesecake could not be easier, or more delicious. I mean who does not like Nutella or cheesecake for that matter.

So easy in fact that you do not even bother turning on the oven!

So get baking, I mean eating.

For the crust:

  1. Melt 6 tablespoons butter
  1. Place about 24 graham crackers in a plastic bag. Roll with a rolling pin until finely crushed. This may be done in small batches.
  2. Measure 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs into a medium bowl.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the graham crackers.
  4. Add the melted butter.
  5. Stir or blend together.
  6. Press into 8 inch springform pan, press up the sides as well

In a medium bowl, blend 8 oz cream cheese with 4 tablespoons sugar. set aside

In another bowl

Combine half a cup plus 4 tablespoons nutella
1/2 cup whiipping cream, blend until smooth

in another bowl

whip 1 1/2 cups whipping cream until stiff peaks, divide in two, add half to cream cheese mix, then half to Nutella mix,

then add a white layer, a choclate layer a white layer finish with nutella layer, sprinkle with hazelnuts, or chocoate, cream etc.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011

Happy New Year


What to do different?

What to change?

What to give up?

What new challenge?

What to start?

What cause to fight?

What bad habit to break?

What dreams to make come make true?

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    Thursday, November 25, 2010


    This is scary really really scary!

    A good friend grew up on a farm and went back home to visit her folks this summer. On the ride from the airport she saw a farmer spraying his field with pesticide, which is not on odd sight in it's self, but it was certainly odd at this time of year. She asked her sister. " What the heck are they doing spraying Roundup at this time of year right before harvest" To which she replied they are desecrating the wheat. Killing IT. Which in short means if the wheat is wet the farmers do not get as much money for it. So they wait for a time when they have about a week without rain, they spray it with pesticide to kill it, therefore drying it and then they harvest it right away. And voila it enters the food system without any chance of the rains having time to wash away the pesticide.

    Apparently this is now common practice.

    I am so glad that there are farmers who do not feel the need to do this and grow their wheat organically.