I'm often sent emails with offers to try this or that product. And while I'm open to the idea of trying something new, I'm still very choosy. After all, I still live my my father's rule...if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing...and my mother's rule...no lies!...and I don't want to disappoint anyone ...that's my own personal challenge.
This time, I was approached by Raincoast Crisps, beautifully packaged artisan crackers. I'd seen them at Pete's Frootique (Halifax's own specialty food emporium) and always meant to try them anyway so of course I said yes.
You can find out all about Lesley Stowe (she is a Parisian trained chef who set down roots in Vancouver) and her incredible crisps, a glimpse at her cookbook, and lots of delicious sounding recipes - complete with mouth-watering photos and even some videos on her gorgeous website. If you're lucky enough to live in or visit Vancouver, you can pop into her shop.
I was very excited when I got my package of Cinnamon Raisin (good thing she sent two boxes as we quickly started eating the first box the minute it arrived. I decided that I would venture out to Pete's and get another variety to try as well....I chose the rosemary raisin pecan crisps and we spent a lovely afternoon trying out different munching combinations....Hard to tell from the photo, but here's our "menu"....Applewood Smoked Cheddar, our favorite Ran-Cher goat cheese (with cayenne pepper & garlic), some Tangled Garden Apple Sage Jelly and some sliced apples picked at Elderkin Farm in the Annapolis Valley...each topping tried separately and in combinations on both kinds of crackers. All I can say is that each crispy bite was delightful. I'm already wondering what to create next. If you're lucky enough, you might find a local shop that stocks them...they are definitely worth hunting down. Or you could order them on line.
Last questions.....What's your favorite topping for crispy crackers?