A Pair Of Gourmands

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He says:

I have heard too many stories this fall about Orchard farmers in the Okanagan having no labour to help pick apples off the trees. Can you believe this? I see young adults begging for money almost every time I go downtown. What’s happening to this world? People would rather be outside degrading themselves begging instead of actually working in an Orchard.

Whatever happened to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? It seems to me that picking apples by the hundreds for a living would make you healthy forever!

Now more than ever, support your favourite orchards in the Okanagan - go buy apples and bake a pie with the kids. What would happen to the Okanagan if we did not grow apples anymore? Next fall, help our farmers stay in business by signing up your kids to pick apples for a day or two. Your kids could use the few dollars to buy themselves an Ipod, and it would be a great work experience and might even help teach them to stay in school. Either way, it’s a Win-Win situation…

She says:

I do remember the old saying about apples, and I am actually old enough to remember when there weren’t so many types to choose from, either. Life was simpler then. I didn’t grow up in the Okanagan, so I never got to pick them off the tree, but this time of year when we bought fresh Macs from the grocery store they had a taste that I loved, just like the taste of the air after the first frost. There was no wax on them either – you had to polish it on your jeans before you bit into it to get that shine… and the sound of that first bite was like, well it was like biting into a fresh, crisp apple! But that was a long time ago, and it seemed somewhere along the way the magic of a great apple was lost.

This fall I bit into a Macintosh apple so big I could hardly hold it, and it took me right back to my childhood. It’s funny too – I guess I must have been thinking of school with the teacher’s strike - because the next thought that occurred to me after I got over the great taste was how big a dent it would make in a sandwich if it had been put in a lunch bag!

So, for my words of wisdom this week I say listen to Chef Martin and go buy some local apples. And when you put them in your kids’ lunch, please put them UNDER the sandwich!

Chef Martin’s Tip 3 - Basic Pie Crust know-how!

Are you ready? Here it is: cold butter, ice water and use a dough cutter so you don’t warm up the dough too much.

The more you work pie pastry with your hands, the tougher it is going to be. Don’t massage the dough for too long, but instead mix it in a olding motion as much as you can, ultimately creating layers of flaky pastry.

250 g flour
150 g butter
a touch of salt
a touch of sugar
1 egg
Just enough water to make it stick together, around 40 ml.

Cut the butter and flour together with your dough cutter until the dough looks all crumbled. Add egg, salt, sugar and half of the cold water. Keep cutting until it starts sticking together. Using one hand, start folding into a ball of dough without working it too much. If you need more water, just add a bit more.

Let it rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

Roll and bake to your desire…

“No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize.”
(Julia Child, 1912-2004)

The Chef in Stead - Website For Previous Chef Tips For comments or questions, you can reach Martin at 250-712-4440 or Email.

These are the stores where I shop, go visit them and tell them I sent you...

Hooked on Seafood, 1951 Harvey Ave, Kelowna 860-2541
Discover Wines, 2080 C Springfield Rd, Kelowna 868-3990
Matterhorn Bakery, 103 - 3640 Gosset Rd, Westbank 768-3302
L&D Meat, 103 - 2365 Gordon St, Kelowna 717-1997
Quality Greens, 3717 A Old Okanagan, Westbank 707-1420
Valoroso Italian Market, 1467 Sutherland Rd, Kelowna 860-3631
Kitchen Niche, Orchard Park mall, Kelowna 860-3637

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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