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Spiced Peach & Almond Crumble

It's peach season here in Ontario, and I just scored a load of juicy, fragrant, ripe, local peaches from my neighbours - thanks Blair! Here's one of my favourite ways to enjoy the bounty - this one's for you Marisa!

Recipe: Spiced Peach & Almond Crumble

Health notes: Besides being super-yummy, this crumble is wheat-free, gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats), egg-free, and optionally dairy-free and vegan. It's sweet, but not as super-sweet as most crumble and crisp recipes - and you have the option of using natural sugars.

Trinity Bellwoods Farmer's Market

Last week, I scored all these wonderful locally produced goods at the Trinity Bellwoods Farmer's market: smoked sheep-milk cheddar cheese, red pepper mushroom raw seed crackers, savoury cheddar spelt crackers, wildflower honey, royal jelly face cream, carrots, lettuce, and parsley. I hadn't been to this market since last year, and was happy to see it growing with more new vendors selling topnotch delicious fare.

...and then I met a lovely woman (Ashley) who gave me one of her delicious homemade vegan apple muffins, and a talented raw chocolatier who let me sample a couple of his new rich chocolate creations. Sweet :-)

seduced by soap cakes


yummy local demo soaps

While we were at this year's one of a kind show, we were seduced by a display of beautiful delicious aromatic natural soaps - some of which looked and smelled like pumpkin pie, caramel, brownies - yum!

Goats! (great cheese)

Carmelis Cheeses
Carmelis organic goat cheeses and wonderful breads: mmm...

Early last summer, I visited Carmelis Organic Goat Cheese Farm with Manny and Crystal from Arrowleaf Cellars for a farm tour and fantastic feast.