Beans, pulses, rice, and quinoa are all power packed little nuggets of nutrition that should grace our plates more frequently than they often do. Typically high in fibre, iron, calcium and protein they are incredibly versatile, affordable and a little goes a long way. They are a must for all. Buying dried beans and pulses is far more cost efficient than the more expensive canned variety. Once soaked and cooked they can easily be frozen (freeze in 2 cup portions – about the size of an average can) and can be added to soups, stews and chili’s in a flash. Hummus and other dips are so easy to make and can be made from just about any bean or lentil. And let’s not forget how versatile rice and quinoa are when it comes to sides and salads. For the month of April save 10% off all our dried beans, peas, rice, quinoa and lentils in store. Stop by and pick up your favourites or maybe even try something new.
Our Sprouted Flour family is growing. Joining our Sprouted Spelt, Kamut, and Whole Wheat flours, is Sprouted Buckwheat Flour. Use in any recipe that calls for buckwheat flour. Same great taste, same great Anita’s quality but with even more nutrition.
Anita’s Organic Bread Mixes!!! Yes indeed. We will soon be able to offer our customers three different no-knead bread mixes. Traditional, 9 Grain, and Cinnamon Raisin. Rip – tip – mix – rise – bake. Easy to make for perfect fresh bread every time. Coming Springtime 2015.
You asked in your droves and we listened and then searched……and searched……and searched….and finally we managed to find Organic Almond Flour!
So we now offer almond based products – our Almond Meal – which has a slightly coarse texture – making it perfect for cookies; granola bars; and pie crusts. And our Almond Flour which is much finer and great for more delicate types of baking such as macaroons; non-gluten breads; and delicate cakes. You’ll find them both in the refrigerator or just ask.
This month we would like to feature two of our flours which are sometimes overlooked but really shouldn’t be. With ever increasing prices and frequent shortages of some of the more popular varieties such as Spelt, these two flours can make great substitutions in many applications.
Emmer Flour & Kernels – a beautiful Ancient Grain dating back thousands of years. Can be used in many applications and has a delightful; delicate nutty flavour. This parent of Spelt is a great addition to your pantry and very versatile with just the right amount of TLC.
Red Fife Flour & Kernels – this Heritage Grain dates back to the mid 1800’s and is said to be the wheat that built Canada. It is often overlooked but a fabulous substitution in any recipe that calls for Whole Wheat Flour. Though a distant relative to our more modern varieties such as Hard Red Wheat this grain has a more subtle flavour but is just as versatile.
If you haven’t already tried them then now’s the time. For the whole of January you can save 10% off both the flours and the grains.
Anita’s Organic; The Local Harvest Market and Magpies Bakery will be holding a special Christmas event. During the week of December 8—15 we’ll be hosting a Christmas Pop the Balloon Event. All through the week you’ll be to save big and sample great food from our café, bakery and bistro. Here’s what we’re offering:
- Pop a balloon to get up to 70% off and lots of free stuff
- Win a free basket valued between $25-$100
- Get a Christmas basket custom wrapped with local products of your choosing
- Sample great food and fantastic Christmas treats
- Enjoy farm-sourced foods from our bistro
- Free regular coffee from our friends Pacific Coffee Roasters
Watch out for further details on our Facebook pages; websites and in your inboxes!
Here we are, almost in November already! The clocks are due to fall back; Halloween is a mere day away; Thanksgiving is a distant memory and Santa is polishing his sleigh in readiness for a busy end to the year. Is it just me or does this time of year seem far busier than other times? It always seems to be rush, rush, rush and dinner is quite often an afterthought. Preparation and planning for most people is the key and certainly helps in my house. A good crock pot (or two) and a handful of quick nutritious recipes work wonders to fill tummies and leave time for snuggling with a good book by the fire. This issue of our newsletter features some of those recipes. Sadly they weren’t tested at the height of summer with an arsenal of food stylists and photographed seductively in flattering light. Did I mention this is a busy time? They were tested and photographed in my kitchen accompanied by my impatient family’s cries of ‘What’s for Dinner?!’ Served with love and a nice fresh slice of Magpies Bakery Bread I hope you enjoy them too.
With Thanksgiving little more than 2 weeks away (oh my, is it really!!!) preparations for this precious family time are being made in homes all across the country. Food glorious food is the focus on most people’s minds so less chat this month and more recipes!!!!
So Happy Thanksgiving to all our lovely customers both near and far and enjoy this precious time with your loved ones. We’ll be back with the detox; post-Thanksgiving – run up to Christmas newsletter in November.
This month we have a selection of rolled flakes and oats on special and a few ways that you can use them to make something delicious!
Here at Anita’s Organic we currently have 25 different flours and are always looking to add new varieties to the family. This month our specials include three flours that may not be new members of the family but they are definitely the lesser known or under used cousins in this growing brood.
Summer, oh summer – how you crept up on us so quietly – springtime was pretty fabulous – will you be too? Will you help the grain crops that we so desperately rely on grow big and strong? Will you ripen those beautiful fruits and vegetables that no family dinner table should be without? Will you give us the rain we need to survive but enough sun so that we can play? Oh please beautiful summer, be kind to us. The lakes they are a calling and the mountains need some climbing.