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Fraser Valley Food Show 2013

Sometimes we just need to do a side trip to our very own backyard. I’ve always loved the buzz, people, small businesses, and (of course) the food at food shows. This year’s Fraser Valley Food Show does all of that and more.

Fraser Valley Food Show 2013

The 6th annual Fraser Valley Food Show will celebrate Oktoberfest with the 2nd Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition and 11th annual Master Chef Competition.  With some good meat and food you’ll need a good pint or glass to pair with it; There will be a number of breweries and beer distributors participating in the popular Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion.  In between the competitions, food celeb sightings and seminars, do check the aisles after aisles of over 100 exhibitors in the food & beverage industry – many offering products from the Fraser Valley.

This show is literally for everyone as on the other side of the food spectrum, the Gluten Free Living Show will showcase products and process for those who stray away from the carbs and glutens.

Pack the kids (or your friends) and go for a drive to Abbotsford to check out this comprehensive food show..and make sure you go there with an empty stomach and come back with a car full of goodies.

Fraser Food Valley 2013

Event information:
Friday October 4, 2-9pm
Saturday October 5, 10-8pm
Sunday October 6, 10-5pm
TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5
Information and tickets:
Tickets: $9 adults ($7 online), $7 seniors, $5 youth aged 13-16, Free for kids 12 & under

Mediterranean Inspired Pasta

A simple pasta can be healthy and easy to make. There are times when I want more than just a salad or stirfry (my go-to quick dinners). And some of those times I would want a plate of hearty delicious carbs to fill my stomach.

It’s important to not cut out all carbs from your diet but there are some good alternatives. I’ve started to buy whole grain pasta, and even though it’s not as beautiful as the real stuff, it’s filling and healthy. Here’s a quick pasta recipe that’s light for dinner and great as a potluck dish

- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 4-5 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 ounces pine nuts
- 15 ounces pitted black olives rough chopped
- 3 Tablespoons capers minced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, cut into chiffonade
- 1 teaspoon oregano, minced
- 1 pound whole grain pasta, any shape (cook according to package)
- Salt and black pepper to taste

* 2-3 oz of Feta cheese

1) Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the tomatoes on a sheet pan, drizzle over the olive oil, toss and season with salt and pepper. Roast until the tomatoes collapse, about 15 minutes. Then place aside to be mixed in later
2) Start cooking the pasta in a large saucepot of boiling salted water until al dente then drain well and place aside
3) Add the butter with the olive oil and heat over medium heat in a large saute pan.
4) Carefully add the garlic and pine nuts, reduce the heat to low. Cook until the nuts are just beginning to turn light golden in color.
5) Add the olives, capers, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir for a 1-2 minutes until well mixed.
6) Toss the pasta and tomatoes in the pan with the mixture over medium heat and toss for a another minute or so until everything is well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
7) Turn off the heat then add the feta. Serve and enjoy

And that’s it!

Gluten Free Brownies with Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting

First off, I have to admit that I used two white plates to create my white background. I then sort of ‘spot’ edit the edge where the plates meet to remove the obvious lines. A proper white backdrop has been added to my shopping list.

Now on to the experimental baking.  Even though these brownies are gluten free, they are still sweet, delicious, and addictive. With the protein rich ingredients, the brownies could also be considered a variation of a power bar.

For the nut butter part, you can pretty much use any type of butter ie almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter etc etc. I did a split of almond butter and peanut butter as I only had a bit of both and wanted to finish them off.

A yogurt frosting is a fun and decadent topping to the brownie. The slight ‘tartness’ of the yogurt helps offset the heaviness and sweetness of the brownie and you get your healthy dose of calcium too.

1 (16 ounce) container of nut butter (this is about 2 cups)
4 egg whites
1 cup of agave syrup or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup of crushed walnuts

1. In a large bowl, blend the nut butter until smooth with a hand blender
2. Blend in egg whites, then the agave / honey and vanilla
3. Blend in cocoa powder, salt and baking soda, then fold in the chocolate chips and nuts
4. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
5. Carefully pour batter into dish
6. Bake at 325° for 25-40 minutes (you can tell brownies are done when you start seeing the brownie pull away from the pan)

Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting
1 to 1.5 cup of yogurt (plain or vanilla type)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1) Whisk the yogurt, peanut butter and honey until all ingredients are incorporated.
2) Add the cinnamon then whisk until incorporated.
3) Top the brownies with the frosting

That’s it and enjoy!