Saturday, September 29, 2012

I love Ceramic and porcelain artists, how cute is this owl salt !

How cute is this lovely salt owl made on Granville Island By Poplar Studio
 Watch it he is looking over me for when I am not there

Maison Cote edible made in Vancouver® & sea to Sky salt® at White Rock Winter Farmers Market on December

December 02/ 2012  I will be at the White Rock Winter Market @ Kent St. activity Centre

Maison Cote Edible made in Vancouver® & Sea to Sky Salt®, @ Circle Craft is only 5 weeks away

Maison Cote, edible made in Vancouver®
Sea to Sky Salt®

We are so busy crating for you an array of delicious products for your holidays season we will be for the 11 year in a row at Circle Craft Christmas Market  

Christmas Market

Wednesday, Nov 7 till Sunday, Nov 11, 2012
SHOW HOURSWednesday thru Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-5pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

As always, we are pleased to offer free unlimited re-admission for any day of the show.  Your initial ticket purchase entitles you to an unlimited re-entry (offer is non-transferable and applies to ticket purchasers ONLY).  That's right! Pay for one day, and you could shop for all five!  To obtain your re-entry pass, please be sure to visit the 're-entry' table located beside the Information Booth before you leave
To purchase your ticket in Advance at discount price follow this link  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Looking for a fun evening in Langley

Looking for a great evening in the valley! why not a cooking class at my friend Angie, well Seasoned cooking shop and class. 

fun, relax & tasty in the evening 35 Min from Vancouver
Have a day in the valley, Winery, farms and cooking class. 
Often I drop to pick up on a class as you always learn something new.
PS if you take a class you have 10 % off on your shopping  This is my prefer shop in BC
I hope you will love it as much as I do

Maison Cote this week on Granville Island with more truffle mustard

We will be back on Granville Island Public Market this Thursday true Monday  from 9 Am to 7 Pm
We have made more of our  old fashion mustard ( Meaux style) infused with our white and black european truffle as clients where fighting for the last couples jar left in Whistler last Sunday

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Today's Chayote harvest

 It fall and my Chayote vine are full of fruits  
so easy to grow in Vancouver 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Butterscotch Pear and Frangipane Tarts recipe

                               Great recipe from my Friends In Santa Monica 
 The Gourmandise School  
 Sweets and Savories
fall tarts
Pears are in.
There's just no consolation for the end of the stone fruit season.  It looms near.  If you've been reading this newsletter for a few years, this lament should sound familiar.  Sigh.

While there are a few more weeks left of peaches and plums, the nectarines are dwindling and peaches beginning to cursty.  Pluots and plums are issuing in the inevitable Winter, and welcoming a new crop of fruit.  Enter the Pear. Truth be told, I prefer most fruits on their own.  Pears, on the other hand, (and pardon the pun), make for wonderful pairings.

This tart recipe was made in yesterday's Fall Tarts class.  Poached in Muscovado sugar and nestled in a bed of frangipane, these pears sweeten the change of seasons and promise a delicious start to the holiday season.

Butterscotch Pear and Frangipane Tarts
Poached Pears 
2 large pears
3 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup muscovado sugar (molasses sugar)

1) Bring the sugars and water to a simmer. 
2) Add pears and cover.  Cook down for 45 minutes.  Remove from the syrup and cool.  Cut into 1/2" slice.
Pate Sucree (Sweet Pastry Dough)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine:
175g  (6 oz) Butter
75g (1/3 cup) granulated sugar

set aside:
1 egg
pinch of salt
½ vanilla bean, split
250g (2 1/4 cups) flour

1) Cream the butter and sugar until your mixture is light and fluffy.
2) Add the egg, vanilla bean and salt and beat for 2 minutes.  Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and beat for another 20 seconds.  Remove the vanilla bean.
3) Add the flour and mix until just combined.  Roll out or press into a 10" pie or tart tin and bake at 350 until just golden on edges. You will have leftover dough- roll into a cylinder and freeze for slice and bake cookies!

Variation: Chocolate Dough: replace ¼ cup flour with ½ cup cocoa powder.

Frangipane Filling
Note: for Pistachio Frangipane, replace half the almonds with pistachios 

1/3 cup almond flour
1 tablespoon flour 
¼ cup sugar
¾ stick butter, softened 
1 egg

1) Place all ingredients and pulse until it all comes together. 
2) Spoon into pre-baked tart shells and top with pear slices, then return to 350 degree oven until just golden and no longer wet.  

Wishing you a delicious day,
Clémence and Hadley 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Maison Cote, edible made in Vancouver® at Granville Island Public Market

We are on Granville Island Public Market  this week end, Today we are at the food court  A9 tomorrow we will be moving to be across Jackson Poultry till Sunday  and Monday we will move again I will Know on Sunday night our Monday Location

Monday, September 17, 2012

I love my Whistler Clients

This is a picture  taken yesterday  at the Whistler Farmers Market from one of my clients I am so lucky to have such great clients and so much fun

Dear Jean-Pierre,

We have attached an image we captured earlier this afternoon at the Chateau Whistler.

Thanks for your help with our salt and mustard shopping--we looking forward to seeing you in Whistler during our visits to this beautiful city.

Bob & Helen LaBouy

You are so welcome  have a great time and Whistler and come back to us next year as you are always welcome in Whistler 
Jean-Pierre Cote 
Maison Cote Edible Made in Vancouver® (Farmers Market line)
Sea to Sky Salt® (Wholesale line)

Great news for my whistler clients Olive Community Market

For the last 14 years I closed my little spot at the Whistler Farmer market till the next Father day 
Well this year you will be able to find my product in Function Junction as Olives Community grocery store will open it door to not only the Whistler Community but as well as all of us Semi resident or week end Whistlerite 
I am so thankful to have a new home for my work in Whistler 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wild blackberry

Hundred of kilo of wild blackberry close to my production facility and no one to pick them  what a shame as they are delicious 
in Marpole  on the fraser river  and on kent ave boarding the two side of the railroad  

My Wonderful day at Williams-Sonoma Artisan Market

First Thank-you to Williams-Sonoma to believe and promote local Artisan

What a great store and so busy

 I love my work 
 What a great experience, amazing staff, great store! 
no wonder why they are so successful 

Thank-you  to Williams-Sonoma & is amazing staff 
I will be back on Oct 13  

Maison Cote in the Vancouver Jewish Independent news paper

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Sept. 14, 2012

The farmers at the markets


Autumn is the best time for local bounty. One of the best places to find the delicious goodness British Columbia has to offer is at the farmers markets that are held all over the Lower Mainland, mostly on the weekends. Vendors make, bake or grow the products they sell. From vastly different backgrounds and selling totally different products, here are snapshots about some interesting Jewish vendors with whom the Independent spoke recently.
Eight years into selling their South African-inspired nougat at various farmers markets, Melanie and Ivan Kalley have a huge following. Their customers are addicted to the soft, sweet treat for a variety of reasons. According to Melanie, some people are thrilled to have found a gluten-free candy that satisfies a sweets craving without upsetting their celiac disease or wheat sensitivity. Others find eating this nougat a moving nostalgic experience. Those looking for a treat with no dairy, gelatin,  fat, preservatives or artificial color like it too. However, for the most part, people who taste it just want more.
This is why the Kalleys spend hundreds of hours each year making bite-sized samples of their Kalley Kandy confection to hand out at local farmers markets. Each sample is hand-wrapped, as are the larger pieces of nougat for sale in packages of eight or 25. This time-consuming process is a labor of love for the Kalleys, who rise every morning before beginning their day jobs to make a batch of steaming hot candy to pour into molds specially made for them by a neighbor. The recipe is the result of an intensive year Melanie spent testing, tasting and sharing to achieve the taste and texture she remembered from growing up in South Africa.
The Kalleys have a broad market base, including many Asian customers. “The Chinese and Filipinos love it!” said Melanie. “We have customers who take it with them to Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”
They also make them for weddings, having tried out Kalley Kandy as a guest gift at their son’s wedding eight years ago. The Kalleys can be found at farmers markets around the Lower Mainland, including the Ladner market, Trout Lake’s and every second week at the winter market at Nat Bailey Stadium. Or, visit
Richard Lewin shares more than being Jewish and working the farmers market scene with the Kalleys. Every time he overlaps with them at a market, he starts his day by putting his lox on Melanie Kalley’s bagels and eating breakfast with them. He may even squeeze one of his many flavors of pesto onto his breakfast. Lewin is the main man behind Golda’s Finest Foods, a business he has been growing since 1992 from his home in Mill Bay, where he still produces his unique pesto, tapenade and skoogk, using herbs and greens that he grows organically on his property.
The blueberry, hemp and sundried tomato pesto are part of what makes Lewin’s stall at the market exceptional and unusual. The true sensation when experiencing Golda’s products is Lewin himself. There is no telling how many times he has said, “You use the same spoon for the whole experience,” as he passes prospective customers a small plastic tasting spoon with one hand and squirts a taste of pesto from a bottle in his other. He’s happy to give a taste of all of his dips and spreads while offering a constant stream of information about how and when to use each.
“This dill pesto is great with potatoes or in soups!” he cries, moving on to the super-spicy skoogk, telling people to put it on everything. His website uses skoogk as a verb and says, “Skoogk everything but watermelon: use on stir fry, burritos, omelettes, sushi, even in Caesar dressing.” Lewin’s sense of humor infuses his sales pitch and perhaps even his products. There is no question that he loves interacting with customers, hooking them with his shtick and reeling them in with a taste.
An active farmers market participant, Lewin also has marketed to many specialty stores across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Ask him when you go for the tasting experience where to find Golda’s all year round, or go to his website,
What could be better than perfectly seasoned food? For 21 years, Jean-Pierre Côté has been helping Vancouverites achieve this feat with his special Maison Côté ( blends. Infused salt – salt and herbs mixtures – mingle with more intricate dry rubs, pastes and powders, and infused mustards. He also makes artisan vanilla extract, and aged balsamic vinegars infused with Yuzu, Mission figs and white peaches.
A former professional dancer, Côté began life in a village in Quebec, where his family had a bakery. The Côté family relocated to Montreal and opened a restaurant with his hardworking mother at the helm. Although he moved to Vancouver to be with the love of his life 22 years ago, his schedule reflects his work ethic. Côté works seven farmers markets a week during the summer, including Whistler on Sundays. During the winter, when markets are held less often, he does three days a week at the Granville Island Market and travels to California, Europe and China to source the exotic spices, fruits and herbs he uses in his products.
“North America has totally changed since I began this business,” he said. “Slowly, food has become more diverse.”
He has sent letters to Martha Stewart, thanking her for bringing the sensibility for fine food to a larger public. Côté’s joint interests in sharing good food and making connections with people are at the heart of why he makes his products. The markets are his chance to kibbitz with people, give them suggestions for recipes and share his positive outlook on life.
“I don’t want to sell my products in stores because I wouldn’t see the people!” he enthused. “I love my life, it’s such a wonderful ride.”
Côté’s philosophy about quality of life spills over to how he sources his products. He uses family farms and pays in advance to ensure that the families can make ends meet while securing his raw materials. Smiling, he said, “We are all part of the same puzzle.”
As is Miri Garaway who, for 10 years, has been the warm and gregarious woman to see for a cookie at the Trout Lake farmers market. Her interest in people and the tantalizing cookies she bakes are what make customers approach her and keep them coming back time and again. She says it was friends who encouraged her to start selling at markets and, once she started doing it, she was hooked by the great atmosphere and lovely customers. It is purely a hobby for Garaway. She wants to keep her treats affordable so people can enjoy.
“I don’t really make much money because I use the finest ingredients – Callebaut chocolate, organic molasses and lemon essences – and people, foodies, can tell the difference,” said Garaway.
She has 11 varieties of cookies currently, including a gluten-free choice, parve ginger cookies and vegan ginger cocoa cookies. She’s always thinking of new treats and, when in Argentina a few years ago, she packed her suitcase with jars of dulce de leche so that she could add a cookie sandwich filled with the super-sweet sauce to her repertoire.
She also provides a bit of Jewish culinary education at her booth. “Everyone should know a good komish,” she said when discussing the komishbroit she makes using her late mother’s recipe. “People think it’s biscotti but, when they taste it, they can’t believe how light and delicious it is.”
Garaway describes herself as “the persona of the market lady.” She has always shopped at markets whenever she has traveled – she loves the atmosphere and the people she meets. She is as likely to engage you in a fascinating and frenetic conversation as she is to sell you a cookie. “A woman came up, bought a cookie and told me that I bring such great energy to the market.... It’s friendly and warm people like that who keep me coming back.”
Michelle Dodek is a freelance writer living in Vancouver.