Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Pantry Dec 9, 2013 Lesley Stowe’s Raincoast Crisps Winterfruit Crackers SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAs an Ontario ex-pat who, at times, dearly misses the December postcard qualities of a city rich with Victorian-era brick houses covered in snow and softly alive with Christmas lights, I wholeheartedly welcome anything, food or otherwise, that caters to my feelings of nostalgia. As soon as I tried Lesley Stowe’s Winterfruit crisps, I discovered that they are an edible snapshot of the upcoming holiday season—the dried fruit-studded crackers are reminiscent of thin slices of a sturdier fruitcake and are meant to be loaded up with a seemingly endless variety of toppings, dips, and cheeses. This limited edition Lesley Stowe product boasts dried plums, apricots, and cranberries as well as pumpkin and flax seeds. All of these ingredients make for a delicious cracker, but my favourite ingredient by far is the faint hint of orange zest that stands alone amongst all of the other flavour notes. Lesley Stowe has succeeded in making a cracker that not only revives memories of past holidays, but calls on us to gather socially, adorn the crisps with all of our favourite flavours and tastes of the season, and make new memories. • Pair with goat cheeses; try something citrusy bright, such as fresh chevre from Salt Spring Island or Queso Maxorata from the Canary Islands, a goat cheese with a subtle yet warmly spicy herbaceous hit. • Cook sliced red onions and a peeled Honeycrisp apple in lots of butter and olive oil over low heat for up to an hour until they become a sticky sweet confit to pile on top of the crisps; add a sprig of thyme for a delicate finish and for the lovely contrast in colour. • Combine equal parts almond butter and thick Greek yogurt with honey and a dash of cinnamon, spread on the crisps and eat for a quick and filling snack—equally as good for breakfast. • Roast a head of garlic and an eggplant until buttery smooth on the inside and charred on the outside. Scoop out the flesh and blitz in the food processor with a fruity olive oil, salt, lemon juice, za’taar, freshly cracked pepper, and Greek yogurt. Top with shredded mint and pomegranate seeds and serve with Winterfruit crisps. • Create a winter antipasto platter with Winterfruit crisps, peeled mandarin oranges or clementines, spiced assorted nuts, honeycomb, quartered pomegranates, St. Agur blue cheese or Pecorino Pepato shavings, roasted red and golden beets, a good quality or homemade onion chutney, and arugula or other assertive green lightly dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar. • Break up Winterfruit crisps and add to stuffing for turkey or pork, combine with crusty bread, dried fruit, onion, celery, and orange zest. Rosemary, sage, and thyme all taste wonderful in the stuffing, either separately or in combination. Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps Winterfruit Crackers are available wherever fine foods are sold.— Ashley LinklettercrackersVancouverwinter SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Get Fresh / One ingredient May 18, 2017 Fiddleheads: Take a walk on the wild side GET FRESH With a particularly long and chilly winter behind us, and snow shovels safely stowed away, you might say we are starving for glimpses of ... Read More Good For You May 2, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Enter the Draw to Win Greetings my fellow wholesome food lovers. Welcome to another edition of Good-For-You Grocery Finds! I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate-filled ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Food News / Spoiled Milk February 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More Comments are closed.