Thursday, January 23, 2014

HSH Producers Meetings!

This weekend we are hosting producers from the PG area and beyond at the store! 

We will be having an informal information session to meet with producers to discuss what products we are still looking for and those that we will need in the coming months. 

Bring your questions and yer kids, we will have a kids' activity area. 

Already, the feedback has been overwhelming and will be undoubtedly awesome. 

1185 3rd Ave, in downtown PG. 

Saturday, 2-4pm
Sunday, 2-4pm

Monday, January 20, 2014

An Ode to Being Outside/Eating Good Food (+ a recipe)

When I was a little kid growing up on the northwest coast, my mom was a young back-to-the-lander. We made our own butter and bought old style bread from Fairhaven Farms. We grew spinach and broccoli. My parents did work trades with neighbours for meat and other skills. We would to snowshoe uphill (both ways) to the 30 minute school bus ride every day. I knew that if I saw a bear on the road it was probably faster for me to run home (or to the neighbour's house) and that I could outrun said bear if I needed to. Back then we didn't have Pinterest or the PPK or Sarah Kramer's empire of vegan goodness or Smitten Kitchen or Homesick Texan to turn to when we sought new recipes or old classics. In a land of mid-80s TV dinners and convenience food my mom turned to the La Leche League International's Cookbook Whole Foods for the Whole Family to feed us. The cookbook focused on using whole ingredients in an unprocessed environment, taking out the middle-man in the foods you're eating. If you get wheat from down the road and use fats from your neighbours with vegetables from your garden then you are in control of your food system. You can be more food secure.

I was lucky enough to find my own copy of this cookbook at a thrift store sometime in the past decade and have enjoyed making a number of dishes out of it, but have settled on a favourite: "Zucchini or Carrot Bread". Every season I buy an extra 5+ lbs of zucchini (yellow preferably) and shred it, freezing it in amounts made strictly for this loaf recipe. I have spent most of this time living in a constant state of poverty and look to this recipe often when I want to make something fancy with things just hanging around my cupboard. This past weekend was an annual tradition, women's shred trip, done on the cheap, to get outside, away from our children/families/partners/jobs/responsibilities and be together on some snow. My favourite part of any women's trip is all of the food. There is a definite commitment to eating on the cheap, eating good food, and always ensuring there is enough to go around (and oftentimes stuff to bring home with you). I did crock pot oatmeal (with apples!) on the first morning paired with a few loaves of this bread. It was delicious. And soothing. And packed with enough energy to take on the hill (the windy, icy, groomed hill).

Zucchini or Carrot Bread
Adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family (pg. 130)

1 1/2 cups grated zucchini or carrots or a mix of each (if using frozen zucchini, thaw it out and squeeze out 80% of the liquid)
1/2 cup oil or melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour (a mix of your favourites!)
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
some grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large bowl and using a whisk, beat together oil, sugar, molasses, eggs and vanilla. Add shredded zucchini or carrots. Sift in dry ingredients and stir together until just mixed. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until tests done. Cool in pan. (Though I take an inaugural crust piece hot out of the oven every single time and slather it with more butter).

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Toque Patterns from Attahboygirl!

Laura has designed a new toque pattern!! 

This lovely winter hat comes in two versions: 


Treeline Toque features alternating staghorn cable and treeline lace or chevron as well as staggeringly satisfying decreases that reduce the crown in the established patterns. For real.
This toque can be worked up as a slouch or cap depending on the needle size used and works up rather quickly for either a novice or experienced knitter. Treeline Cable + Lace is great for mild winter days and Chevron + Cable is good for all days but is rigid enough to take on colder temperatures. The brims are bang-friendly and are designed to be snug enough to stay on but loose enough not to mash your hair. We all hate toque-hair right?
They are nice companion hats too; make one for you and the other for your buddy or lover.

Treeline Toque [Lace + Cable] Pattern
Treeline Toque [Chevron + Cable] Pattern 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

HSH Grocery - Christmas Wish List


Last week we picked up keys to our very own grocery store right on third avenue in Prince George! Since Po'vember we'd been sitting on the news, making sure it was the right fit, and squeeing any chance we got. That realization that all of the hard work was simultaneously behind us and in front of us is a little overwhelming. Now that we have somewhere to open our store (finding a location has been our biggest hurdle) there's this giddy excitement that everything we have been working on can now be put into place. 

We are in the "setting up the store" phase and need a number of things! We would like to re-use or re-purpose as many items as possible! Can you make our holiday wishes come true and help us find some of these things for cheap or freeeeeee?

  • 4-burner electric kitchen stove with oven
  • 2 standing fridges
  • Display fridge
  • 2 Bar fridges
  • Sanitizing dishwasher (on wheels)
  • 2 chest freezers
  • 12 wooden kitchen chairs
  • Sheet plywood
  • 2x4, 2x6, 2x10s in assorted lengths
  • Kitchen counters
  • Kitchen cupboards
  • Range hood with high-powered fan
  • Digital scale
  • Commercial meat slicer
  • Blenders (counter-top, and hand-held)
  • Single kitchen sink
  • Fountain Machine
  • Food service containers

If you have any of this stuff or have maybe seen some of it wayward on the side of the road, email us! Facebook us!

Also, pop by the store, peek into the peep holes, and take a picture of yourself in front! Share it with us and we will enter you in to win a free ticket to the Prohibition Party on December 20th!