Off The Vine

There’s nothing more inspiring than a trip to a farmer’s market. So, today I decided to go on an adventure to my local Farmer’s Market with the goal of creating an entire meal using ONLY local produce and Tre Stelle Cheese!

The great thing about the Farmer’s Market is the variety of shapes and colours found amongst the cornucopia of fresh produce. After a great conversation with a local farmer, I picked up this neat looking tomato because of the shape, and to be honest, you can never go wrong with the flexibility and texture of a tomato. I just need to find something to go with it…

As I perused the stalls filled with nature’s bounty, I came across a booth of bees! Yep, a team of little workers creating one of nature’s sweetest treats.

Temptation won me over as I couldn’t say no. Besides, honey goes perfectly with Tre Stelle® Ricotta!

And as luck would have it, right next door to the honey was this delicious selection of apples!

Ricotta + Honey + a slice of apple = dessert…Now, on to the appetizer! And I couldn’t forget about how I was going to use that quirky tomato.

This wouldn’t be a farmer’s market without corn!  Yes corn, the corner stone of harvest season.

Grilling corn is a great way to release its natural sweetness and after topping it with some fresh herbs and Feta, I’d have the perfect appetizer.

Starter… Check!… Dessert… Check! Now what could I pick up to create a main course full of fresh flavours?

Just then, I was stopped by a basket cradling 10 types of peppers, each displaying unique shapes and colours. I was looking for something with a little bite so I chose these anaheim peppers. The heartiness of the pepper’s skin lends perfectly to grilling

To kick it up a notch, I thought I’d stuff them with Tre Stelle Bocconcini, chorizo sausage, and fresh herbs – The perfect combination of flavours to showcase in my main course.

Looking into my basket, I realized all that was left to solve, was what to do with that tomato? I knew I’d have a few bocconcini balls left over…and that’s when it hit me! Less is more, the tomato didn’t need anything but some Tre Stelle Bocconcini and fresh Basil. Voila! the perfect caprese that would tie the meal together.

When I returned home, bounty in hand, all I had to do was fire up the grill, mix a few ingredients together, and there it was!  The perfect meal made entirely from farmer’s market produce and Tre Stelle Cheese!

Inspiration is all around us, especially in the exciting atmosphere of your local farmer’s market. So, get out there and give it a shot for yourself. Everything you need to compliment your favorite Tre Stelle® cheese is closer than you think.

Back to School

The long days of summer that offered respite from the hustle and bustle of our Autumn to Spring routines, have come to a close. New stories have been written and lasting memories have been stowed away for reflection during the cold winter days ahead. And even though our lives didn’t come to a screeching halt during the dog days of summer, they seemed a little more manageable even with with camp drop-offs, sleep overs and the occasional baseball or soccer game.

So, what can you do to help ease your body and mind back into the routine of school drop-offs and rush out the door commutes all kicked off by the inevitable beacon of the alarm clock?

What if you could prepare a simple, healthy breakfast the night before? A breakfast the whole family can enjoy either on the go or at the table. Assembly is relatively minimal which means the little hands around your house can pitch in when it comes time to prep. And to be honest, my favourite part of this recipe is the flexibility to combine flavours.

I present to you Oatmeal in a jar! I know I call it a jar, but by all means, if you’re taking it to go, or sending your kids off to school wot h it, consider using shatter-proof containers.

Feel free to experiment with fruits that are in-season or other ingredients that you and your family enjoy. Cooking is meant to be fun and the fruits of your labour are something to savour.

Be well and happy return to routine.

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup | 240 g Tre Stelle® Extra Smooth Ricotta
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/3 cups | 330 mL milk
2 tbsp chia seeds, flax meal or hemp seeds
1 tsp | 4 mL vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
4 tbsp | 60 mL Honey or maple syrup
2 – 8 oz mason jars with lids

Directions

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together all ingredients until combined. Spoon into a jar and secure with lid. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours before eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flavour combinations:

Chocolate Peanut Butter: Add 2 tablespoons each of peanut butter and cocoa; garnish with chocolate chips or chopped peanuts if desired.

Berry Cheesecake: Add 1 cup of cubed fresh strawberries or whole blueberries tossed with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice: garnish with additional blueberries or sliced strawberries if desired.

Apple Pie: Add 1 cup of cubed fresh apples tossed with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of cinnamon: garnish with toasted sliced almonds if desired.