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Happiest of holiday wishes to all of you from Artisan Edibles!

This is the time of year for coziness and for company, the time of year to sit in front of a warm fire with friends and tphoto 3_xmassceneoast to something wonderful, the time of year to make and eat nourishing food that tastes and looks spectacular. During the holidays we prepare meals that are richly steeped in tradition, recipes that only appear once a year are now being brought out for their annual appearance. This is also the time of year for forging new traditions, looking at entertaining from a different perspective that feels exciting rather than daunting. At Artisan Edibles we are firm believers in time honoured taste combinations that are both simple and fun for you to assemble either alone or with the aid of family members and friends. Entertaining shouldn’t be a stressful experience, and we’re here to show you how to have a holiday season that is effortless and which leaves you with plenty of time to relax. With our handcrafted chutney, jellies, and antipastos in your arsenal, we can assure you that unexpected company or a shortage of time will never cause untold stress or worry this holiday season.

For a beautiful and easy winplatter_PHP_AFG_antipastoter cheeseboard that your guests will love, we recommend the combination of our Apple Fig Ginger Chutney and Pomegranate Hot Pepper Jelly with Salt Spring Island fresh chèvre. We adore Apple Fig Ginger Chutney with the Salt Spring Island Garlic chèvre, and the Pomegranate Hot Pepper Jelly with their Lemon and Rosemary chèvre. Salt Spring Island fresh cphoto_MDphpjarhèvre comes gorgeously packaged, fully prepped, and ready to be plated; just run a small knife around the inside of the plastic mould and pop onto some paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Carefully place the cheese onto the cheeseboard of your choice, serving the chutney and/or jelly alongside in an attractive dish. The farmhouse style Boerenkaas from Natural Pastures is an excellent addition for a firm cheese, its robust flavour makes it particularly tasty alongside the Apple Fig Ginger Chutney. Either let your guests slice their own pieces off a wedge on the board, or cut into thin wedges and fan out in an attractive display. Serve with a plain cracker (we always love Gone Crackers), Marcona almonds, whole pears or persimmons, and remember to allow to come to room temperature before serving.

For an elegant canapé addiP1090582_PHPduckappie_lorestion to any holiday party try making Duck Breast Crostini with Pomegranate Hot Pepper Jelly, with hints of orange, anise, and cinnamon its practically guaranteed this recipe will become a part of your Christmas entertaining repertoire. Enlist the help of family members when making these canapés to ensure assembly that is both easy and time efficient.

If time or outside assistance isn’t working in your favour our Antipasto is practically an appetizer in a jar. All you need to decide is whether you prefer a traditional antipasto with tuna or a vegetarian version, from there on in it simply becomes a matter of decanting it into a pretty bowl or shallow dish and choosing an actual vessel for the antipasto. Warm bread, naan, pita, or flatbread are all excellent partners for our antipasto; you can make a very simple but effective holiday spread by adding mixed olives, sliced cured meats, cubed feta that has been marinated in olive oil, rosemary, and chillies, hummus topped with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint, and a sprawling platter of Clementines and Mandarin oranges.

P1040169_xmasinvite_bubblesWe hope that this time of year brings you peace, love, happiness, and plenty of incredible food and, most of all, we wish you all a healthy, happy New Year!

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