Roasted chickpeas are perfect for your kids snacks, adding to a trail mix, topping your salad or enjoying just as they are. Although it may seem simple, many struggle with roasting them just right. Here are some easy to follow instructions to make sure they turn out every time.
Drain and thoroughly rinse the chickpeas.
Let air dry on a clean towel for 1 hour.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (quick clean up!) and spread out chickpeas to allow the air to move around them.
Coat lightly with oil using a good quality spray oil - too much oil will make them soggy.
Add your favourite seasoning and roll them around.
To bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake chick peas for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Once the hour is up, turn the oven off and leave chickpeas to cool inside the oven.
While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of garlic, cultures around the World share a history of the healing properties it has to offer. Historically, garlic is recognized as a medicinal ingredient rather that a food seasoning. In the modern World we think of garlic as a seasoning and often overlook the health benefits.
While there are many significant health benefits such as cancer prevention or improving heart health, in this post we have outlined some everyday ailments you can tackle with garlic.
Treat the Common Cold
Garlic helps to reduce flu and common cold symptoms by boosting your immune system. Next time you feel a cold coming on, trying steeping it as a tea or simply adding a little extra to your favourite dish.
Improve Your Workout
Garlic amongst the earliest “performance enhancing” supplements and historically used to treat fatigue and enhance the performance of labourers.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
It is believed that the hydrogen sulfide gas is produce by blood cells when garlic is consumed. This gas can help to open blood vessels and regulate your blood pressure.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and when consumed can help to aide inflammation in the body due to injury or illness. Some opt to topically apply garlic by rubbing it on their skin.
Here is one we need to remember this summer… pack your pockets with garlic! Mosquitoes are deterred by the smell of garlic so if you prefer a natural way to combat these pesky flies then garlic is your answer. Keep some nearby or apply it to your skin.
Hello everyone, we are now in our last week here at our Callander location, and although we are sad to leave this quaint little space, we are excited to get on to the next chapter of Artisan Food Co's evolvement.
We will officially close our doors for business in our Callander location as of Saturday, Aug 20th. During our closure we will be working in our new location to primp and prime our new space to have it up an ready to go for our official opening date of September 1.
Renovations are underway in our new space and are coming along swimmingly with the expertise of our new landlords who have been painting away, busting down walls and building some back up, while also creating some new features for the interior. If you've been down Oak St. in the past week you may have noticed too that the exterior of the building has had a bit of a change as well. All this is in preparation of the beautiful new space we are excited to present to you in September.
In the meantime our staff will be taking some much deserved summer holidays, and wish them all a lovely little break. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our staff who continue to work diligently towards the goals of our Company and to our valued customers who have supported us for the past three years and continue to stick by our side through this transition. We are truly grateful for all the support and encouragement we have been receiving since announcing our big move.
We hope that those of you who have not had the chance to come in and visit us and try out our fare, perhaps due to our location, will now be able to drop in and say hello.
We look forward to serving you soon North Bay!
It's peach season in Ontario and we are blessed to have the Niagara belt that has the perfect conditions for producing this delicious fruit. But can't we all agree that sometimes when we buy that fruit we get a little over zealous and make the mistake of biting into a rock hard, tasteless fruit that was picked and shipped too early? Ever wonder how to make sure your peach is ready to eat? Here are a few tips...
Stop squeezing them! This bruises the fruit and they begin to rot.
Cover them with a cloth napkin on the counter until they ripen.
Only refrigerate AFTER they are ripe.
Wait until the peach smells like a peach! This is how you know its ripe :)
We always use seasonal items in our menu options and support local whenever we can. The photos above are peaches purchased at the L'Amis market stand at the corner of Algonquin and Landsdowne ...and they were delicious! Happy peach season!
As you may have heard, Artisan Food Co. Café and Catering is moving…
After 3 years at our beautiful Callander location and by popular public request, Artisan Food Co. will be moving to our new location in North Bay for September 1st 2016.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who have frequented our restaurant and supported us through this three year journey. We can truly say we could not have done it without you, and we are forever grateful to all of you who biked, jogged, walked and drove several miles from town to come and see us as often as you could. It has been our pleasure serving you!
We refer to our Callander location as ‘The center of the Universe,’ because for us it has been a place where we have met some very special people who will forever leave an imprint with us – and although it is not to say that we won’t see you at our new location, it holds great sentimental value to us that ‘The Café’ is where we met some truly wonderful people who have walked through our doors. In addition, we have forged some lifelong connections between staff members who have become like family members. We would also like to say a solemn farewell to our amazing neighbours at ‘The Artisan Mall’ and wish you all the very best. Thank you for supporting our business: Staff at Eyes on Main, Angie’s Barber Shop, staff at Dazzling Doggies, and to our former neighbours at Remax.
Another special thank you! also goes out to some very special people and business owners in the community as who have rooted for us, promoted us and supported us in every way that they could. To Jen and Brent Bywater and the staff at Vested Interest, Nicki at Ohana Wellness Studio and Kara at The Municipality of Callander – we can’t thank you enough for all you have done to encourage, support and promote our little café business and to all the local Callander businesses who have dined with us or picked up takeout on their lunch breaks. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
We would also like to send out a huge THANK YOU! to our new Landlords, The Richardson’s, Tom and Geoff, because without you and your support of our business we would not have such a lovely new location to move to. ‘The Cornerstone’ on Oak and Ferguson – in North Bay’s oldest building (that’s what Tom told me, and I believe him). We are so excited for this new chapter to commence and we couldn’t be more grateful to be working with two such stand–up guys who work tirelessly to invest in North Bay and the Downtown core. To our new neighbours’ at Dirty Girls Farms and The Fitness Room, we look forward to being right down the hall from two more great businesses!
As with all growth comes a time for change, and we have made the decision that in order to continue serving you and serving you in bigger and better ways it would be necessary to move to our new location to do so, and so we jumped at the opportunity to do just that. We will continue to offer the great service and freshly made food that you all deserve and look forward to meeting the many new faces we get to serve and forging new friendships.
Our hours from Callander will be adjusted slightly, and we will be open Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 3pm – serving our Midday Fare and will continue to offer our Unique ‘Full Moon Dinners’ at our new location in downtown North Bay.
Before closing we would also like to say thank you! to our local suppliers and their staff who have kept us stocked with the many many items we need, to continue providing the services we do:
Withold, Thor and staff at TW Foods
Dave and staff at Fresh Co.
Bob and staff at Vaughan Paper Products
Chris at B&B Beverages
Stephan and Ann at Board’s Honey
And to the many others who have provided us with local product over the past three years
Thank you North Bay and Callander for all your love and support. We love you!
“Your dream will never let you rest, it will keep knocking at your mind's door and instill imagination which will lead to a creative mind. Let loose your imagination and begin to create everything that's given to you before the foundations of the earth. Dream like never before.”
― Euginia Herlihy
January 26 Full Moon 4-Course Dinner:
Celebrating the 'Wolf Moon'
There is an old Cherokee Proverb about two wolves... "One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, my son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, fear, envy, jealousy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather which wolf wins? The old man replied, the one you feed."
On January 26th join us for our four course full moon dinner and feed your good wolf with some soul abiding food.
Menu now available, reserve online http://www.artisanfoodco.ca/full-moon-dinner.html
NEW Column! Rants & Radishes
Rants and Radishes is a new segment in our newsletter where we challenge some conventional thinking, go off topic or debate a subject pertaining to food and wholesomeness. It is strictly our own perspective we have established after we have taken some time to research a particular topic, trend or something that just doesn’t make sense to us. You’re free, as are we, to have an opinion, but our goal is to bring light to some subject matter that really just gets our goat!
Butter vs. Margarine the great debate!
Is butter really better? You decide. We have!
Butter, a substance containing some of the building blocks of life, carbon hydrogen and oxygen is a natural food containing one ingredient and has been around and used for thousands of years. Although butter is a saturated food, the body is able to process and metabolize it more readily than margarine which is an unnatural product composed of many ingredients and can only be made through processing and alterations to the molecular structure of a vegetable or plant oil. Hydrogenation of these plant oils requires high temperatures, causing some troublesome effects which result in this unnatural product and sometimes contain trans fats. Trans fat, which lowers good cholesterol and increases bad cholesterol is what increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Although most margarine today is now made without creating trans fats, and there are certainly better products than in the past available, it is still an unnatural product of many ingredients created through processing. So be aware of what you put in your body.
Well its February, love and romance is in the air. Everywhere you look, there are secret plans, dinners, flowers and not to mention almost everything shaped like a heart! While all this is nice and can make that special someone feel loved, what says I love you more than giving your own heart. Not just emotionally speaking, but physically, but making sure you are as strong and healthy as possible so you can continue to share in the romance year-after-year.
There are a number of factors that affect the heart such as exercise, alcohol, tobacco, weight and stress, but diet is a big factor. Staying true to our roots we are going to focus on diet and what you can do to take care of your heart.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure are two conditions that open the door for heart disease. By adjusting your diet, you can improve your cholesterol and blood pressure levels tremendously. Let’s talk about fats.
The Facts on Fats:
Foods to Eat:
Foods to Avoid:
Easy Tips to Take Care of Your Heart:
Holidays are over and it's now time to clean up your digestive system, here is some information to get you started…
Your digestive system is where vitamins, nutrients and minerals are absorbed into the body. Poor diet choices, stress and lack of sleep can lead to an imbalance of bacteria in your digestive tract. These imbalances can cause all sorts of problems, from heartburn, cramps, indigestion, constipation …just to name a few. Eating fibrous foods will help to maintain good digestive health and having probiotics will maintain the “good” bacteria in your digestive tract.
High fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains can all help keeping you regular as well as making you feel fuller for longer. Eating slowly and listening to your body can help to prevent over eating which can lead to bloating and indigestion - smaller portions can also help! Getting up for that second helping can give your body enough time to send the signals to you that you are full and no longer need the extra food.
October was a really busy month for us here at Artisan Food Co. We got to meet some pretty great people through interactions on social media, meeting many who passed through the Café - with some making sure to stop and chat with us and of course through our many caterings.
Some of the events we were delighted to cater include; the Cranberry Boot Scoot, The Harvest Moon Gift Market as well as a variety of private events.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone one of you wonderful people who have believed in us, welcomed us, supported us and cheered us on through this incredible month in our journey into wholesome eating. We appreciate and humbly thank you all and know that none of this would be possible without each and every one of you great people.
With all the wonderful encouragement and support we have been given it makes it so rewarding to continue what we believe in and grow to provide you with more unique services. Some of the unique things we started in October include; creating and publishing our first edition of ‘Good Gravy’ with our subscribers growing overwhelmingly since the last release. We’ve also started our line of preserved goods, gift baskets and have introduced gluten free products
We plan to keep up the momentum by bringing you more and more goodies in the future, as well as contests like our Soup Contest which featured Lydia’s favoured Apricot and Red Lentil soup. This soup won her some Artisan Kettle Soup to bring home, along with dinner for two at at one of our Wednesday night dinners!
Stay tuned and in touch with wholesome eating because we have much more up our sleeves - especially with Christmas fast approaching, and around here we LOVE the holiday season!
Best wishes in health & wholeness!
Tanya is a whole foods chef and business owner of a whole foods catering service - Artisan Food Co. She is currently completing holistic nutrition and is an advocate for whole body living.