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Ho ho ho, things are getting festive here at Seeds! We hope you are enjoying this special time of year as much as we are. This is the sixth edition of 5 Minutes 5 Questions, and this time we are very happy to feature the lovely Bette Kosmolak, manager of Undeniably Art https://www.facebook.com/undeniablyart/?fref=ts. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we have the BEST customers!

What’s your favorite product in Seeds?
Avocados and dates. You always have avocados and dates!

What’s your favourite local place for a picnic?
Goose Spit. Whether I’ll be having a bonfire or not, even to just sit by the water in the sun, watching the people go by, playing with their dogs and flying kites, I like to go there.

What’s your signature dish?
Probably chilli. I put little diced up potatoes in there and also a teaspoon of vinegar.

What’s your favourite cookbook?
My mother’s old recipes. She has a little scribbler full of them, the pages are all falling out, the ink is fading, the pages are brittle, so you have to be pretty careful when you use it. Old standards like lemon loaf, date nut loaf, matrimonial cake. She also has an orange cake that’s really good. Old family favourites.

What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Popcorn with butter, or ice-cream, although I don’t buy either of those anymore because if I keep them at home I’ll eat them!

 

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With the weather getting colder by the day, it’s time to batten down the hatches, stoke up a roaring fire, and make some real home-cooked comfort food. Salad, in our humble opinion, can wait till Spring – this is the time for soups, stews and, of course, chilli.

This chilli recipe is perfect for cooking on top of a wood stove. If you don’t have a wood stove, then this will also work in a Slow Cooker, an oven-proof casserole dish in the oven, or on the stove top in an ordinary pan. However you cook it, the key is simple – slow, long cooking with robust flavours. We hope that this recipe inspires you to make something delicious that will warm the cockles of your heart!

 

2/3/4 Day Chilli

Serves 6-8

2 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pound ground beef
2 cans red kidney beans
2 cans diced tomatoes / an equivalent quantity of fresh tomatoes
1 large onion, finely diced
2 large carrots, finely diced
5 sticks celery, finely diced
2 red peppers, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 bay leaves
1-2 chipotle chilli pepper, to taste, finely chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

To Serve:

Grated cheese
Sour cream
Cilantro

1. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan with a lid, and once hot add the onions, carrots, celery, red and green peppers. Fry on a medium heat until all the vegetables are soft.

2. Add the garlic, bay leaves, chipotle pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin and ground beef and fry on a medium heat until the beef has lost all of its pinkness.

3. Add the tomatoes, molasses and brown sugar, and bring to the boil.

4. If you are using your wood stove, place a cast-iron trivet on the top of the wood stove, and then place the pan of chilli, with lid on, on the the rivet. If you are cooking on your stove top, turn down the heat to the minimum heat and put the lid on. If cooking the chilli in your oven, transfer the chilli to an oven-proof casserole dish with a lid and turn the oven down to its lowest setting. If using a Slow Cooker, transfer the chilli to the slow cooker and turn to the lowest setting.

5. Slow cook the chilli for 2/3/4 days, checking the liquid levels regularly and topping up with water if necessary.

6. Serve with rice, grated cheese, sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.

 

 

 

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Happy (almost) Halloween and welcome to the fifth edition of 5 Minutes 5 Questions! Thanks again to all of our interviewees thus far, and if you’d like to be featured – it’s only takes a few moments! – please do let one of the Seeds team know.

This time we spoke to retired logger Ron Bebbington, whose friendly face we see in the store every day for his daily fix of ginger ale. We’re loving the opportunity this series has given us to get to know our wonderful customers a little better!

What’s your favorite product in Seeds?
Real Brew Ginger Ale!

What’s your favourite local place for a picnic?
Number 6 Miners Park.

What’s your signature dish?
Lots of vegetable stews with Seeds vegetables.

What’s your favourite cookbook?
Myself! I don’t follow cookbooks, I do all my own cooking.

What’s your guilty food pleasure?
That would have to be any kind of dessert. I’ve got a sweet tooth – that’s why I don’t have any teeth left!

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Roll up, roll up to the fourth edition of 5 Minutes 5 Questions! We are loving the enthusiastic response we’ve had to this series. Thanks to all of our interviewees so far, and please, do come forward if you’d like to participate too – it’s only takes a few moments!

This time we spoke to local artist and mom of two Sally Podmore, another of our regulars who we see in the store several times a week. We say it all the time but it bears repeating – we have some of the loveliest customers around!

What’s your favorite product in Seeds?
Through the summer it was nectarines, and I also love the Heavenly Goodies loaf of bread.

What’s your favourite local place for a picnic?
In Courtenay, Puntledge Park, and I also really like Gartley Point beach.

What’s your signature dish?
When I’m cooking for a whole bunch of people I really like to make a baked tofu dish with chickpeas and almonds in a coconut, ginger and peanut sauce. I bake it and do it with steamed veggies and rice. It’s sort of an original creation!

What’s your favourite cookbook?
I just bought the Bliss cookbook from Victoria. I love the restaurant, but I haven’t actually made anything from it yet! I’m really bad with cookbooks – I just like to look at them and get ideas and inspiration. But the Hollyhock Cookbook is really great too.

What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Chocolate is probably my most consistent guilty pleasure – I have it pretty much everyday!

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Welcome to the third edition of 5 Minutes 5 Questions – short profiles of some of our dear customers. This time we spoke to Hilary Bowen, stay at home mom and supportive partner of Hinterland founder Raph. Please speak to one of the Seeds team if you’d like to be interviewed – as the name suggests, it only takes 5 minutes!

What’s your favorite product in Seeds?
We love that you carry Nin Jiom, the cough syrup – that’s one we always need! And the Kaslo pasta, we eat that a lot.

What’s your favourite local place for a picnic?
We love Saratoga beach, and closer by Number 6 Mine Park.

What’s your signature dish?
My watermelon salad! I always bring it to potlucks. Watermelon, red onion, feta cheese and parsley with a vinegar dressing. 

What’s your favourite cookbook?
For sentimental reasons The Fanny Farmer Cookbook, because that’s the one I remember my mom having, and that was the first cookbook I ever got, as a gift from my parents. I use it every day. And there’s another called Apples for Jam that I really like too. It’s a family cookbook by a women in Italy that is divided by colour – so red for tomato and strawberry recipes. It’s stuff she cooks for her own girls and recipes from her childhood and memories she has of eating them. I think she has two other cookbooks too but I like that one.

What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Lots of butter and Alison’s chocolates!