Banana Ginger Flapjacks with a Gooseberry Compote

Care of Amy Symington Makes 8 large pancakes     Flapjacks: 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger 1 tbsp ground flax seed 2 cups soy or almond milk 2 bananas, peeled and mashed Compote: 2 cups gooseberries, washed and stemmed 1 cup water 2/3 cup maple syrup 4 tsp oil for cooking Directions: In a large bowl mix the dry flapjack ingredients. In a small bowl mix the wet flapjack ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fully incorporate. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan add the compote ingredients. Simmer ingredients for 20-25 minutes until a sauce like consistency appears. Keep warm until needed. In a large pan over medium heat, add ½ tsp oil.  Ladle the flapjack mix onto the pan and cook for about a minute or until bubbles form in the batter. Flip and cook the other side for about 30 seconds until the flapjack is golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve flapjacks with gooseberry compote and fresh fruit. Read More

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Food of the Month: Glorioius Gooseberries

Care of Amy Symington What the hey is a gooseberry?  It is none other than a tart, tangy type of fruit that luckily for us, inhabits our great province. It is often bitter in taste and has a grape-like size, flavour, and texture, with only a slightly more fibrous mouthfeel.  In terms of taste, some say it’s what you would get if a grape met a kiwi and well, the rest is gooseberry history.  There are various colours and kinds depending upon your locale on the old globe. Focusing on the North American types you are most likely to find either a red or green variety. These include: The Pixwell gooseberry, which is a variety that produces round, 1/2” berries. They are light green in colour and if permitted will mature to a soft pink. The Welcome gooseberry also yield 1/2” berries, but are a variety that produces a much sweeter and darker red fruit than the Pixwell. They are much more astringent in flavour than the green variety. Both are tasty. Speaking of tasty…  Gooseberries are well known for their use in desserts like tarts, pies, crumbles or crisps. Gooseberries are often preserved by drying, jamming, pickling or storing… Read More

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