Bread and Chocolate!

Tues Nov 22, 4 to 8 pm: Get your bread hot from the oven!
Wed Nov 23, 9 am: Bread delivered to Green Tree Health & Wellness, Reid Street, Quesnel (Don’t forget you can pre-order your bread with Marilyn to ensure you get what you want!)
Sat Nov 26, 10 am to 3 pm: Bread, scones, granola, pancake mix and hot chocolate mix for sale during the Christmas Farmer’s Market at the Quesnel Rec Centre

We had a successful trip to the Williams Lake Medieval Market last weekend. Once again we sold out by the end of the day Saturday. The highlight of the day was a little boy who asked Tim about his true identity. Check out the photos below and see what YOU think:

Our set-up at the Medieval Market - before the hoards arrive!
Our set-up at the Medieval Market – before the hoards arrive!

 

I found myself pointing at the banner when I was talking to people about our oven: it was so helpful to have a visual representation.
I found myself pointing at our lovely new banner when I was talking to people about our oven: it was so helpful to have a visual representation.

 

Are you a REAL elf?
“Are you a REAL elf?” Tim’s answer was, of course, “Yes! You can tell by the bells on my shoes and my pointy head.”

Another highlight of the Medieval Market and of current life in Wells is Cocoaro Craft Chocolate (pronounced “ko-ko-ro”). We are so lucky to have our friend Margaret producing bean-to-bar chocolate right here in Wells. And it looks like she has opened a rather large can of worms: she can’t keep up with the demand! As you may or may not know, making chocolate from cocoa beans is a time-intensive undertaking. After the beans are grown and harvested (in tropical countries like Peru, Equador, Columbia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, and so on) they are fermented and then dried. The beans can then be stored and shipped around the world in this state, but there are still multiple steps that the chocolate maker performs once she receives the beans: roasting, cracking & winnowing, grinding & conching, tempering, moulding, and wrapping & labelling. Margaret hosted a chocolate tasting a few weeks ago at The Bread Peddler. Tasters were tasked with describing and differentiating between 8 samples of chocolate. It is quite remarkable to experience the huge range of flavours in chocolate made with beans from different countries. So far, my favourite chocolate is made with beans from Columbia. Look for Margaret and her chocolate on the next three Saturdays at the Quesnel Christmas Farmer’s Markets. Edgewood Farm in Quesnel also stocks her products.

Margaret Inoue of Cocoaro Craft Chocolate.
Margaret Inoue of Cocoaro Craft Chocolate.

 

A chocolate tasting: 8 different kinds of chocolate featuring beans from a variety of countries, and chocolate made with a range of cocoa percentages. Water and a plain biscuit as palate cleansers.
The chocolate tasting: 8 different kinds of chocolate featuring beans from a variety of countries, and chocolate made with a range of cocoa percentages. Water and a plain biscuit acted as palate cleansers, and a wheel depicting appropriate adjectives helped the tasters describe the sensations they experienced.

 

The Cocoaro logo and a sampling of bars: beautifully wrapped in Japanese paper.
The Cocoaro logo and a sampling of bars: beautifully wrapped in Japanese paper.

3 thoughts on “Bread and Chocolate!

  1. I LOVE the display and outfits! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Looks like its going well… I hope yes!
    And the chocolate looks divine!
    Hugs from Ottawa
    Em

  2. oh my goodness, you two look unbelievably adorable as bread maker and Elf helper (or is that elfer?)

    and the chocolate? i can’t believe how delicious and beautiful from here!

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