Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Raincoast Crisps

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?


Oana said...

These are sold everywhere in Vancouver. I've had great luck making my own (you bake a mini-loaf, then freeze it for a bit, slice extremely thin, and bake the slices once more - biscotti style).

Anonymous said...

That's my favorite crackers ever! My friend introduced me to these lovelies when I went to visit her in Vancouver earlier in July and ever since I've been craving them (I'm currently living in the UK so can't get them here). These crackers are amazing with good brie, also great with goats cheese and some chutney.

Helene said...

I see them in every store her in BC. They are delicious.

Print Brochures said...

It looks delicious. Applewood smoked cheddar is tickling my inagination now. It's as if my taste buds can sense how yummy it is. Thank you for sharing this post.:)

Jacqueline said...

Those look so good when topped with cheese. Oh to sit down with a plate of these (cheese included) and a large glass of red wine. *sigh*