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Pandemic Puts Sustainability at the Top of the Shopping List for B.C. Residents



Oroweat Organic releases new research revealing an increased desire to shop locally and eat sustainably following the outbreak of COVID-19

B.C. residents are prioritizing eating locally-sourced food and making more sustainable food decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly commissioned study by Oroweat Organic. The research shows that fears around food scarcity at the start of the pandemic have shed light on the importance of being more self-sufficient, in turn leading to a greater desire to support local food producers and adopt more sustainable eating habits.

The survey was commissioned by Oroweat Organic, sustainably baked bread produced locally in Langley, BC, to mark its launch in Western Canada. Results revealed that 85 percent of B.C. residents are more aware of the importance of supporting locally-sourced food as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, one in three residents are more likely to prioritize locally-sourced food, and notably, this stands true regardless of household income. When it comes to sustainability specifically, 75 percent of B.C. residents are more aware of the importance of eating sustainably and the environmental impacts of their food choices, as a result of the pandemic.

While survey results indicate that shoppers are putting more focus on sustainability, this year’s unique and unpredictable back-to-school season raises concern. Fifty-two percent of B.C. residents are worried about their ability to juggle their schedules in the ‘new normal’ this fall and 48 percent worry this will impact their renewed efforts to shop and eat sustainably.

This September, three varieties of Oroweat Organic hit shelves in Western Canada, making sustainable and healthy bread options simple and accessible for British Columbians. The brand is locally produced in B.C., using sustainable baking practices and certified organic ingredients.

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Cozy Eggnog-Inspired Recipes From Top Chefs Across Canada.



Delicious eggnog recipes for the holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, Egg Farmers of Canada is encouraging Canadians to slow down and make the most of the extra time at home, taking the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, carry out seasonal traditions, and prepare delicious recipes with Canada’s favourite fresh, local ingredient: eggs.

To help Canadians create warm moments of joy in their homes this winter, EFC’s chef ambassadors have prepared the following recipes that offer new twists on a seasonal classic.

Check out these fun recipes below!

Spiced Rum Chocolate Caramel Eggnog

By Chef Lynn Crawford
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

What better way to warm up this winter than with a festive drink in hand! Keep cozy this holiday season with this sweet and spicy spin on this classic holiday cocktail.


2 cups (500 mL) whole milk
½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) ground nutmeg
1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
½ cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1 cup (250 mL) dark chocolate chips
1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream
½ cup (125 mL) spiced rum (optional)
¼ cup (60 mL) caramel sauce, store-bought or see recipe below
Whipped cream, for serving


Step 1
In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together the butter, cream, brown sugar and molasses on medium-high heat.
Step 2
Let the mixture come to a boil and let it bubble for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Step 3
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Eggnog Panna Cotta with Rum Soaked Raisins and Pecans

By Chef Dale MacKay
Serves: 8
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Set time: 4 hours and 30 minutes


6 egg yolks
¾ cup (175 mL) sugar
8 sheet – gelatin (16 g)
2 cups (500 mL) milk
1 cup (250 mL) cream
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) ground nutmeg
⅛ tsp (0.75 mL) ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) vanilla extract


Step 1
Place yolks and sugar into a stand mixer with whisk attachment whipping on high for about 1 minute until yolks are
Step 2
Place a gelatin sheet in cold water to bloom.
Step 3
Place milk, cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla into a pot and bring to a simmer on low. Add a big spoon of the
hot milk mixture to your egg mixture, to temper them as you don’t want to cook the eggs. Once most of the milk has
been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the pot and place it on medium heat. Whisk constantly for a few
minutes until it reaches 160 °F (70 °C). If you don’t have a thermometer, cook until the mixture is slightly thickened.
Next, add your bloomed gelatin and whisk until it’s dissolved.
Step 4
Pour mixture into 8 glass jars or ramekins of your choice. Place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours.

Raisin and Pecan Garnish


¼ cup (60 mL) rum
⅓ cup (75 mL) raisins
⅓ cup (74 mL) pecan nuts, roughly chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) water


Step 1
Place all garnish ingredients into a small pot and bring it to a simmer for about 1 minute.
Step 2
Place in a container with a lid and let it stand for about 30 minutes to let the raisins absorb the rum.
Step 3
Garnish the top of each panna cotta with your raisin and pecan mix and serve chilled.

Eggnog Tiramisu

By ChefCraig Flinn
Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill time: Minimum of 3 hours

Celebrate this holiday season with a festive twist on a creamy and delicious classic. This eggnog tiramisu not only tastes delicious, butvisually stuns with its intricate layers


10 egg yolks
1 cup (250 mL)
sugar6 tbsp (89 mL)
rum (clear, spiced, or dark is fine)
2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp (1.3 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
1 ½ (355 mL) cups 35%
2 cups (1 500 mL tub) of mascarpone cheese (at room temperature)
1 ½ cups (355 mL) espresso or very strong brewed coffee
40 ladyfinger biscuits
4 ounces white chocolate


Step 1
Start by making what the Italians call a zabaglione(or sabayonin France) –a close cousin of eggnog. Place the egg yolks, sugar, rum, vanilla, and nutmeg in a bowl and set it over a pot of gently simmering water, ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
Begin whisking the egg mixture continuously for several minutes until it begins to thicken and lighten in colour. This should take about 7 or 8 minutes. When complete, set aside to cool slightly.
Step 2
Whisk the cream to stiff peaks using a stand mixer, electric handheld mixer, or simply a whisk.
Step 3
Whisk the mascarpone for about a minute to lighten it. This is much easier when the mascarpone is at room temperature.
Step 4
To assemble the tiramisu, choose a rectangular casserole dish about 9 inchx 14 inch(22.5 cm x 35 cm) and begin by dipping each ladyfinger quickly into the espresso or brewed coffee. Cover the bottom of the dish with the first 20 biscuits.

Fold the zabaglione into the mascarpone cheese first, then gently fold in the whipped cream. Try to keep the mixture as light as possible while not overworking it.
Spread half of this mixture evenly over the ladyfingers, then repeat this and create a second layer with the remaining biscuits and cheese mixture.Using a box grater or Microplanetool, finely grate the white chocolate over the top of the cream.
Step 5
Refrigerate the tiramisu until ready to serve. Allowing it to set for several hours or even overnight is ideal.

Eggnog & Caramel Holiday Pancakes

By Chef Matt Basile
Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Take the time to make this decadent eggnog and caramel pancake recipe, complete with homemade eggnog and caramel sauce. Perfect for a homey holiday brunch.


2 cups (500 mL) milk
1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) vanilla
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) nutmeg
½ tsp (2.5 mL) cinnamon
6 egg yolks
½ cup (125 mL ) white sugar


Step 1
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, cream, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the white sugar and egg yolks whisking until thick. Once the temperature of the milk/cream mixture reaches a simmering bubble, add large ladles of hot milk to the sugar-yolk mixture, tempering the ingredients while whisking feverishly. Continue to add milk until it has all been combined into the bowl.
Step 2
Return the mixture to the saucepan on a low simmering heat and allow it to reach 160 °F (70°C) and thicken up.
Step 3
Remove from the heat and place in a container, covered with plastic wrap in the fridge until cool. The eggnog should be much thicker once cooled.

Caramel sauce


1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar
6 tbsp (90 mL) butter
½ cup (125 mL) heavy cream


Step 1
Add the sugar to a heavy bottom or non-stick pan and whisk until melted. Once melted, add butter, whisking until it is
fully melted.
Step 2
Remove the melted butter and sugar mixture from the heat immediately and slowly add the cream whisking until
absorbed. If there are any sugar clumps, run the caramel sauce through a sieve or strainer and discard clumps.
Step 3
Let cool to room temperature.

Pancake recipe


2 cups (500 mL) homemade eggnog
2 cups (500 mL) whole milk
5 tbsp (75 mL) melted butter
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
3 cups (750 mL) all purpose flour
¼ cup (60 mL) white sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
1 ½ tsp (7.5 mL) baking soda
½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt
½ tsp (2.5 mL) cinnamon
12 chocolate hazelnut holiday candies (8 crumbled 4 not crumbled) for topping (optional)
Homemade caramel sauce for topping (optional)


Step 1
In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.
Step 2
In another large bowl, combine dry ingredients whisking until fully combined.
Step 3
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients whisking as you pour. Once you have your batter, preheat a flat top pancake griddle or non-stick pan, and cover with cooking spray or melted butter.
Step 4
Use a 4 oz (120 mL) ladle to scoop 4-5 pancakes onto a flat top pancake griddle or do it in smaller batches if you are using the non-stick pan. Allow the pancakes to cook fully on one side before flipping. You should start to see bubbles start to pop through the batter indicating that heat is penetrating through to the middle of the pancake. Flip and finish on the reverse side.
Step 5
Stack the pancakes and top with the crumbled chocolate. Use a spoon to drizzle warm homemade caramel sauce all over all sides of the pancake, then top with the final full chocolate. Serve while warm.

Decadent Maple Eggnog Custards

By Chef Paul Lillakas
Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Chill time: 8 hours

Slow down this holiday season and reward yourself and those you love with a Canadian twist on a traditional custard treat.


10 egg yolks
⅓ cup (75 mL) granulated sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) sea salt
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) nutmeg
¼ tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon
2 cups (500 mL) whipping cream
6 tbsp (90 mL) maple syrup

Special Equipment

64 oz (120 g) cleaned Mason jars with lids


Step 1
Preheat oven to 300°F (150 °C) and place 6 4oz (120 g) Mason jars into a deep (minimum 4 inches) roasting pan or casserole dish. Set the pan or dish onto a sheet pan for easy handling.
Step 2
In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon then add whipping cream and whisk to combine. Next, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve.
Step 3
Divide the mixture evenly amongst Mason jars. Top the jars with lids and screw the lids closed until finger-tight (just until you feel resistance from the ring). This will allow air bubbles to escape during cooking.
Step 4
In a large pot over high heat, bring 4L (17 cups) of water to a simmer – just until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot. Then, pour the simmering water over the Mason jars until they are covered completely and carefully place them in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven after 30 minutes but leave your Mason jars in the oven for 30 minutes more with the door closed.
Then, remove jars from the water and let cool for 1 hour. Place them in the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours or overnight. To serve, remove the lids and top each custard with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of maple syrup.

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Stanley Park Brewing Launches Holiday Gift Sets For The Beer Lover In Your Life



While this holiday season may not be like any other, that doesn’t mean we can’t safely enjoy our holiday favourites. This year, instead of finding the best brews to take to your next holiday party, Stanley Park Brewing is put together three holiday gift sets for you to send to your friends and family.

There is something for all the beer lovers in your life, from unique stocking fillers to something to impress aficionados – they’ve got you covered this holiday season!


The Beer Tasting Set is ideal for colleagues and teachers, as a great stocking stuffer or as a Secret Santa gift for the beer lover in your life.

The kit includes:

  • A set of Stanley Park Brewing Engraved Wooden Coaster (x2)
  • Option of 1 or 2 Stanley Park PARK BEER Branded Tulip Glasses
  • Option of 2 or 4 PARK BEERS (Brewed and canned at the Stanley Park Brewing Brewpub)
  • The base kit is affordably priced at $25. What was the Secret Santa budget again?


It is the season to Layer Up! This gift pack is ideal for the more practical beer lovers, those always ready for an adventure, or those looking for a fun date night

The kit includes:

  • Stanley Park Brewing Thick Cotton Canvas Boat Tote with Front Pocket
  • Option of 1 or 2 Grey Stanley Park Brewing Toque
  • Option of 1 or 2 Stanley Park Brewing Stainless Steel Cup
  • 6 Pack of Layer Up Winter Wheat Ale
  • Salted Caramel Chocolates from local Vancouver chocolatier Beta 5

The base kit is priced at $65


The ultimate gift set for beer enthusiasts. We’ve put together a unique selection of glassware and PARK BEER for the holidays, along with a cheeseboard set and expert knowledge from Janet Fletcher’s ‘Cheese & Beer’ book.

The kit includes:

  • A copy of ‘Cheese & Beer’ signed by author Janet Fletcher
  • PARK BEER branded glassware set, 4x glasses for various beer styles.
  • A selection of 8 PARK BEER – Brewed & canned at the Stanley Park
  • Brewing Brewpub.
  • Oak cheeseboard with cheese knives.
  • This kit is priced at $135

These packages also include free local delivery with orders over $35 and the option to be shipped via Canada Post (shipping calculated at checkout).

To order yours, please visit:

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Tips For Planning A Smaller, Socially Distanced Holiday Meal This Season



Strict social gathering measures have left many Canadians looking for ways to reinvent traditional holiday meals for a much smaller crowd this season. Kristy Yee, registered dietitian at Surrey’s Your Independent Grocer shared some tips for us to get creative, while staying safe, with annual holiday meals, including:

Start a new tradition

A smaller crowd means fewer picky eaters, so try cooking something new this year! Scale back from a whole turkey to turkey breasts stuffed with cranberry stuffing or go meatless by incorporating vegan protein such as PC Plant Based Chicken Breasts.

Go miniature with single servings

Reduce food waste by scaling back on larger portions. Instead of cooking a large dessert, try mini individual serving sizes such as no-bake vegan cheesecakes. (Bonus: they are super cute, and kids will love them!)

Consolidate side dishes into one or two casseroles

Try all-in-one side dishes to balance out your meals, this also means less dishes to wash and more time to enjoy with family. Switch up your usual mashed potatoes and try adding pre-biotic and fibrous veggies, such as leeks, to thinly sliced potatoes and cheese.

Reinvent your leftovers

Instead of eating the same leftovers every day, get creative and turn them into new meals. Try making a breakfast skillet with leftover potatoes and veggies.

Travel the world from home

Just because holiday trips were cancelled this year, doesn’t mean you can’t explore the best part of all trips – food! Try incorporating international flavours such as Thai, Indian or Italian.

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3 Delicious Weight Loss Shakes You Have to Try



Are you keeping up with your new year’s resolutions? How about your weight loss goals?

Foods that help with weight loss used to be so boring. Salads, salads, and more salads… enough with the lettuce, I say! It’s tough to meet your goals when you get bored. To lose weight successfully you need to mix up your routine now and then.

Smoothies and shakes are a delicious and nutritious alternative to the boring healthy staples. And they’re taking the weight loss industry by storm. Weight loss shakes are the perfect way to a change up your oatmeal breakfast, lunch salad, or a healthy snack.

They’re packed with fruit, veggies, and vitamins and they’re quick and easy to make. They even taste good enough to give to your kids. Seriously, kids love these shakes!

Getting your family in on your weight loss goals is a great way to keep up good momentum. Ready to tackle your weight loss goals the yummy way? Read on for 3 awesome and delicious recipes.

3 Must Try Weight Loss Shakes

Mango Surprise!

Are you a mango lover? This is the perfect summer refresher or even the slice of sunshine you need on a gloomy day.

Blend these ingredients until smooth, pour yourself a glass, garnish if desired, and enjoy!

  • 1/4 c. mango cubes
  • 1/4 c. mashed ripe avocado
  • 1/2 c. mango juice
  • 1/4 c. fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 6 ice cubes

Surprise! It’s delicious.

Spinach Flax Protein Shake

This recipe from The Blonde Buckeye is the best way to get a healthy dose of veggies in your day.

Tired of spinach salads? This is the best alternative.

And with a little added fruit and protein powder, this recipe is perfect if you’re just not the spinach type. Don’t forget, spinach is high in fiber, protein, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, and much more. It’s a weight loss essential.

  • 1 c. unsweetened almond milk (or any kind)
  • 1 large handful organic baby spinach, washed
  • 1/4 c. frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 c. frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 of a banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbsp. flax meal (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Combine these ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Looking for the perfect healthy dessert option? Order up! This will knock your socks off.

I always say: if you’re gonna have dessert you might as well fill it with fiber.

Raspberry is an excellent weight loss tool. They’re low in calories and packed with healthy fiber, making you feel fuller longer.

And the chocolate is just amazing.

You can’t go wrong with this smoothie.

  • 1/2 c. skim or soy milk
  • 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. fresh raspberries
  • A handful of ice or an extra 1 c. frozen raspberries

Blend until smooth and enjoy your high-fiber chocolaty dessert!

Wight loss can be hard but it can still be delicious! Use these weight loss shakes to treat yourself once in a while and help keep yourself on track for your goals.


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Treats Can Be Good for You! 5 Health Benefits of Frozen Yogurt



If there’s one food people can agree on loving, it’s frozen yogurt.

Frozen yogurt (more affectionately known as froyo) is more than just delicious. It’s an easily customizable dessert that comes in a variety of flavors. Some people love it for its taste, but there are more that love it for its health benefits.

There’s no denying that if you’re looking for a healthy dessert that froyo beats out ice cream. But have you ever thought about why?

Once you read this post you’ll know about the variety of health benefits it has to offer.


Tired of drinking milk to get calcium? Treat yourself with some frozen yogurt!

Froyo has an average of 178 milligrams of calcium per half-cup serving, it’s clearly an excellent source of calcium.

Calcium is well known for its positive effects on bones and teeth, but it does much more than keep them strong.

Calcium intake can help reduce the growth of excess cells in the colon, which in turn could help prevent cancer. Diets high in calcium can also aid in weight loss and help prevent obesity.

Low calories

If you’re counting calories it can seem like every day is a struggle to eat within your limits.

If you have a sweet tooth you’re limited to only so many options. Luckily dessert fans can rejoice, frozen yogurt is here to save the day.

Frozen yogurt itself is a very low-calorie food, even when it’s flavored. If you’re careful with your toppings and serving size, you can have a nice low-calorie dessert if you choose to eat frozen yogurt.

Improve digestive health

Do you feel like you’re sensitive to dairy? Do you miss enjoying frozen desserts?

Frozen yogurt could be the dessert option that you’re looking for.

Frozen yogurt is full of probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for the human body, and froyo is full of the two helpful organisms Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilous.

Those two probiotics can help break down lactose and be easier on the stomachs of people with dairy sensitivities. The helpful bacteria can also help balance the amount of microflora in the gut.

If you look for frozen yogurt that has the live and active culture’s seal, you’ll have a dessert that’s great for digestive health.

Froyo has tons of protein

Cookies, cake, and other desserts may be tasty but they don’t have much nutritional content. Traditional desserts are full of sugars and carbs, but frozen yogurt is full of protein.

Protein filled snacks can help you feel more satisfied. Frozen yogurt can be the perfect snack for people that need to feel full.

There’s a lot of protein in a half cup of frozen yogurt, more than enough to justify this sweet treat every once in awhile.

Low fat

Satisfying snacks that are also low in fat can be hard to come by.

On top of all the health benefits, froyo has to offer, its low-fat content may be the best.

Ice cream can be very fattening, but frozen yogurt has almost half the fat of ice cream. If you want to make sure that you’re keeping your fat content low, you can stick to non-fat flavors.

What health benefits of frozen yogurt do you like the best? Let us know about it in the comments section!

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