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Lavender Wine Spritzers by the Batch (because batch cocktails are fun)

kim alke

Let loose! Make it easy on yourself this weekend and try mixing some batch cocktails to keep it simple (and super delish).

This is a very “loose” recipe - meaning you can pretty much do what you like with it. Want it sweeter? Add more lavender syrup. Like it less fizzy? Add less soda. Want it more like sangria? Add some St. Germaine soaked fruit. Just keep tasting as you go and when you’re happy with it, it’s done!
This is also a great recipe for ditching the wine and using a non-alcoholic alternative like flavoured soda or The Grove from Seedlip Drinks.

Lavender Lemon Batch Wine Spritzer

1 bottle white wine (preferably unoaked and fresh)
5 - 8 oz Split Tree Lavender Lemon Syrup (to taste)
Freshly sliced peaches (frozen are great too if you’re serving in a punch bowl or drink dispenser)
500ml Club Soda 500ml (to taste)
Lavender Sprigs (fresh only) if available
Fresh mint

Instructions: Add all ingredients except lavender to a large (1.5L or more) pitcher and stir gently to combine. Add additional syrup, wine, soda to taste until you are happy with it. Add ice, frozen fruit and/or store in fridge. Serve over ice and garnish with lavender sprigs.

Happy Long Weekend!


Take A Day + Chill. Plus a Cocktail Recipe

kim alke

Feeling the pressure in the end of July?

Don’t forget that summer brings more than BBQs, trips to the cottage, and must-dos around the city. It also brings fresh fruit, easy dinners outside, and the odd ice cream cone.

I read this article from Manrepeller about a month ago and it hit me today when I realized it’s July 27th and I’ve only hosted a few Ooni Pizza nights….OMG…I’d better get a few more on the books before fall hits! So if you’re feeling the pressure to get in allll of those things you said you would back in March when it was still too cold to do anything maybe this is a good reminder. Take the pressure off!

Now here’s a nice little cocktail that’s easy to make. Note the recipe makes one ;) ;)

Zesty Grapefruit Gin Fizz

  • 2 oz gin

  • 3/4 oz Grapefruit Cordial

  • 1/2 oz of fresh squeezed grapefruit or lemon juice (optional: if you like it tart)

  • 1/2 oz egg white

  • 1-2 oz club soda (a splash or two)

While gathering ingredients, chill your shaker with ice and cold water. Empty shaker and add all ingredients except club soda. Dry-shake (without ice) for about 10-15 seconds. Add a handful (3 - 4) ice cubes and shake very well. Strain into a glass and top with soda. Garnish with grapefruit or lemon twist. 

Now sit back and enjoy!

Smak Dab Mustard: New Potato Salad with Shallot Mustard Vinaigrette

kim alke

BBQ Season is in full swing and we love a good potato salad - especially this one from Smak Dab Mustard.

New Potato Salad with Shallot Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients
1 kg new or baby potatoes
2 tsp SMAK DAB Mustard (any flavour will do!)
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped or grated
¼ cup olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped 
1 small handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (I use dill sometimes instead)
½ tsp Kosher salt  
Freshly ground black pepper

Method
Bring a large pot of well-salted water to the boil
Scrub clean and half or quarter (depending on size / your preference) the new/baby potatoes
Cook potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, drain and return to pot
In a small bowl or jar with a lid combine: mustard, vinegar, garlic, oil, shallot, salt and pepper and whisk or shake until well combined
Add your dressing and herbs to the pot of potatoes and gently fold together
Season with salt and pepper to taste (I like to add a bit of flaked salt like Mountain Flake from Vancouver Island Salt Co.)
Turn out into your serving dish and serve warm or room temperature

A Few Notes / Add-Ons
I like to add a few additional ingredients like shaved fennel, arugula, crisp pancetta, capers, fresh dill or scallions - anything you like to add a bit of crunch, texture, and additional flavour to make it my own!

This is great to make the day before - here are a few tips:
Reserve 1/4 or so of the dressing to toss right before serving
Store in the fridge overnight and take out maybe a couple of hours before serving to warm to room temperature
Toss with reserved dressing and fresh parsley (or dill) right before serving

Image courtesy of Smak Dab Mustard: smakdab.ca

Image courtesy of Smak Dab Mustard: smakdab.ca

Let us know what you think!
:)

It's Ooni Season!

kim alke

Another glorious summer, another gloriously pizza-filled season.

It’s time to break out of the kitchen after this long winter and start cooking outside again. Usually we have a few Ooni Pizza Oven nights prior to this, but last night we had some friends over, opened some (read: a rather generous amount) wine, and fired up the Ooni.

Here are a few recipes and tips to help get you going…

For more information on the ovens and models click here

For the pizza dough recipe we use (from Ooni) click here

For and easy and fresh sauce recipe click here

For assembly, lighting, and cooking information click here


Super Fast & Easy Pizza Sauce

kim alke

We love this sauce recipe because it’s fast, easy, and fresh!

Originally via Ooni University

Fast & Easy Pizza Sauce

Makes enough sauce for 8 x 12” pizzas

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
4 cups (800g) canned whole plum tomatoes (we like San Marzano)
2 heaped tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Method
Place the oil in a pan over a medium heat. When warm, add the garlic and fry until softened but not brown.

Add all the remaining ingredients, then simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes, or until the flavor has deepened and the sauce has thickened slightly.

This sauce can be used straight away, or placed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to a week, ready to be used as required.

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Ooni (Uuni) How To

kim alke

Outdoor Cooking Season is Back!

We are so excited that Spring is here and it's time to break out the Ooni (formerly Uuni) again!
Here is a quick set of videos and instructions to help you enjoy your Ooni Wood Fired Oven.

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Uuni 3

Introduction to Uuni 3

Uuni 3 is the definitive tool for your garden or outdoor kitchen. It's designed specifically to take the cost, bulk and hassle out of using a wood-fired oven. An evolution of the highly acclaimed Uuni 2S, Uuni 3 reaches 932°F in just 10 minutes and can cook an authentic wood-fired pizza in an incredible 60 seconds.

Uuni 3 Assembly, Lighting, & Cooking

In this video Uuni Founder, Kristian, demonstrates how to setup, light and cook with Uuni 3 for perfect results each time. Subscribe to the Uuni channel for plenty of Uuni tips and tricks!

Uuni 3 Assembly (only)

Uuni 3 is the definitive tool for your garden or outdoor kitchen. It's designed specifically to take the cost, bulk and hassle out of using a real wood-fired oven. An evolution of the highly acclaimed Uuni 2S, Uuni 3 reaches 500°C/932°F in just 10 minutes and can cook an authentic wood-fired pizza in an incredible 60 seconds.

Uuni Pro

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Introduction to Uuni Pro

Uuni Pro - The world's first quad fuelled outdoor oven. In this video, we'll show you how Uuni Pro can be fuelled by charcoal and wood, including how to load, light and cook with Uuni Pro.

Uuni Pro Assembly

Uuni Pro - The world's first quad fuelled outdoor oven. Available online via uuni.net, the new Uuni Pro is a must-have for all outdoor cooks and pizza fans. Uuni Pro makes the ideal companion for picnics, entertaining friends, heading on holiday and camping trips.

Summer Lavender Gin Sour Recipe

kim alke

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SIP ON THIS!
Patio season has arrived and so has Spruce Toronto’s Cocktail Recipe Series! These cocktails are perfect for warm sunny days paired with great conversation with even better friends.

The first Spruce Toronto cocktail highlights the freshness of spring and all things floral. Mix one up for yourself and stop into Spruce Toronto and let them know what you think.

The Lavender Gin Sour
2oz Gin
1oz Cahoots Lavender Syrup
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Egg White (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake hard without ice. Add ice and shake again to chill. Double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lavender sprig.

Cheers!

Ooni (Uuni) How To

kim alke

Outdoor Cooking Season is Back!

We are so excited that Spring is here and it's time to break out the Ooni (formerly Uuni) again!
Here is a quick set of videos and instructions to help you enjoy your Ooni Wood Fired Oven.

NEW OONI KODA

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Uuni 3

Introduction to Uuni 3

Uuni 3 is the definitive tool for your garden or outdoor kitchen. It's designed specifically to take the cost, bulk and hassle out of using a wood-fired oven. An evolution of the highly acclaimed Uuni 2S, Uuni 3 reaches 932°F in just 10 minutes and can cook an authentic wood-fired pizza in an incredible 60 seconds.

Uuni 3 Assembly, Lighting, & Cooking

In this video Uuni Founder, Kristian, demonstrates how to setup, light and cook with Uuni 3 for perfect results each time. Subscribe to the Uuni channel for plenty of Uuni tips and tricks!

Uuni 3 Assembly (only)

Uuni 3 is the definitive tool for your garden or outdoor kitchen. It's designed specifically to take the cost, bulk and hassle out of using a real wood-fired oven. An evolution of the highly acclaimed Uuni 2S, Uuni 3 reaches 500°C/932°F in just 10 minutes and can cook an authentic wood-fired pizza in an incredible 60 seconds.

Uuni Pro

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Introduction to Uuni Pro

Uuni Pro - The world's first quad fuelled outdoor oven. In this video, we'll show you how Uuni Pro can be fuelled by charcoal and wood, including how to load, light and cook with Uuni Pro.

Uuni Pro Assembly

Uuni Pro - The world's first quad fuelled outdoor oven. Available online via uuni.net, the new Uuni Pro is a must-have for all outdoor cooks and pizza fans. Uuni Pro makes the ideal companion for picnics, entertaining friends, heading on holiday and camping trips.

Give Back Gift Wrap: What It Means

kim alke

We are so grateful to you, our friends and clients, who help so much by simply by wrapping gifts each year. 
Read on to find out just how much your support means. 

Our Annual Give Back Gift Wrap Program

In 2015 we started a small fundraiser. During the holiday season, we sell rolls of gift wrap and donate 100% of the proceeds to Daily Bread Food Bank. We cover the full cost of the wrap and match total sales which means every dollar x 2 goes directly to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Today, we received a video message thanking us for our donations. We are sharing it with you because it's you who makes this possible. 

Our most sincere thanks for partnering with us each year to benefit those in our community who can use our help.

We love teaming up with you!

 

How a goofy-looking cap makes airplanes more bearable

kim alke

The Nite Hood, designed by a Canadian graphic designer, has been a godsend for lousy sleepers

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I'm now into my third decade of spending much of my life on the road, and, as most frequent travellers, I take what small steps I can to make hotel rooms, airports and long flights in steerage class more bearable. I have tried most things; I have honed my strategies. And when someone tells me they have found a great new thing, I am skeptical. Travel accessories is not a field with a rich scope for innovation – or so I thought. A year ago, when a sister-in-law who travels even more than I do gave me a Nite Hood and swore it would change my life, I was, frankly, dubious.

The feeling did not diminish when I put on the hood: a blue cap straight out of Dickens, complete with tassel, but with a wide bottom that was meant to pull all the way down over my eyes and block out that glaring airplane cabin light. I felt ridiculous; I was fairly certain I also looked ridiculous, but I couldn't check, because the cap was covering the whole upper half of my face. The guffaws from my children were a reliable indicator.

But then, dear reader, I actually used the hat on a plane – and since that first flight, it is the first thing I pack for every destination. The hood is of particular value for lousy sleepers, of whom I am one: I use it in hotel rooms where dawn light leaks in through ill-fitting curtains, in tents and in the back seat of cars on long road trips. It's so soothing, so cozy, so dream-inducing, that I now use it at home, most nights. My partner no longer snickers when I flick off the light and pull down my hat; the hat, it is clear to everyone, makes me a better sleeper and thus a nicer awake person.

The hood is the invention of a Toronto graphic designer named Chris Parsons, 52, who is also a lousy sleeper. After trying and discarding dozens of conventional sleep masks over the years – the ones shaped to cover your eyes, with a notch for your nose and an elastic strap – he started sleeping with a black T-shirt flipped back over his eyes at the neckline. One day in 2012 he found himself in a fabric store, fingering a bolt of organic bamboo weave that reminded him of his much-used T-shirt. Although he had never sewn a stitch in his life, he resolved to try to make something functional that would work like the shirt did.

After a great many iterations, the perfected hood now comes in three sizes or an adjustable version. Parsons ships the Nite Hood to lousy sleepers around the world, relying on word of mouth – since no advertisement he can devise gets people past the "you want me to wear a hat over my face?" block.

They simply need to try it. The bamboo fabric is just stretchy enough to feel cozy without being smothering or sweaty. It blocks out the light if you pull it down to just above your nostrils and helps holds earplugs in place. The packaging contains bafflegab about pressure points on your head to induce sleep – Parsons admits there is no science behind this, just an idea he's borrowed from the shavasana pose in yoga – but there is something about the cap's snug feeling that is soothing. He added the tassel simply because it looks right, he says – "It's pure whimsy. Otherwise it's just a bag on your face."

The hood is washable – and mine hasn't lost its stretch after a year of constant use. They're made in Canada, cost $28 ($30 for the adjustable version), are available online at nitehood.com and everyone to whom I have given a hood has fallen in love with it once they were finished giggling.

Alyssa Schwartz, Special to The Globe and Mail

Published December 6, 2017

Fun, Funky, and USEFUL Stocking Stuffers Under $20

kim alke

I think my favourite part of holiday shopping is stocking stuffers! Most of us do try to stay with a bit of a budget, so here are some treasures under $20 to fill stockings (and hearts) with delight on Christmas morning.

Anto Yukon Soaps - $12
Handmade in the Yukon, we love these natural and beautiful soaps made by Kym Remple.

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Vancouver Island Salt - $6-$12
Harvested on the coast of Vancouver Island, this salt is perfect for everything from salad dressings to finishing steaks to sprinkling on popcorn.

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The Preservatory Jams - $15
Lee Murphy is a master when it comes to jams and preserves. whether you prefer sweet or savery, you can't go wrong with any of her winning combinations (think gin + lavender or heirloom tomato + chili)

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DRØM Pepper - $14-$16
Thanks to Louise + Nigel Biggar, we now that THIS is what pepper should taste like. Organic Kampot peppercorns sourced from Fair Trade producers in Cambodia these really are game changers.

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Library Candle Tins - $14
A favourite year after year, these may be small but they pack an amazing, fragrant punch!

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Laura Slack CHOCOLATE - $7-$20
Laura takes care of the truffles for Nota Bene, McEwan Foods, and Holt Renfrew. Need we say more? Our collection of her incredible work includes: chocolate bars, peppermint patties, chocolate ginger, salted caramel truffles, and her ultimate drinking chocolate.

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Red Sky Candles - $20
Handmade in Toronto by Kerry Butt, our favourites include Bergamot + Black Pepper, French Lavender, and Deep Woods.

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Hand+Foot Lotion by Graydon Skincare - $19
The perfect natural solution for winter hands & feet! Lightly fragranced and all natural made in Toronto.

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Natural Bath Salts by Anto Yukon - $18
Sourced from natural ingredients and fragrances native to our very own Canadian Yukon.

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Mitchell's Soup Co. Soups - $12
Another gem from Vancouver Island, these ready-to-go soup mixes are the best we've tried. Thanks to mom for putting them in my stocking for years, these are a staple here at Spruce.

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Super Swedish Soaps - $12-$14
These soaps are absolute staples in our house. Sea Salt and Volcanic Ash for the shower, Cedarwood and Seaweed for the sink!

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Alveole Honey - $14
Sourced from neighbourhoods within Toronto, you'll notice an incredibly delicsious difference between neighbourhoods.

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Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters - $20
This really is the absolute best all-around bitters. More aromatic and floral than traditional Angostura, use this easily in more delicate cocktails or in sparkling water alone.

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Road Spill Red Wine Stain Remover - $2
Stash these in your purse, your pocket, your kitchen drawers and save the day!

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Bicycle Barware - $16
Perfect for your spin instructor! Made in the US, these bright pints and rocks glasses are a favourite every year.
 

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The Spread - $14
Toronto made spicy sesame spread. It's addictive!

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Star Trek Magnetic Bookmarks - $4
We had to.

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Natural Geode Pairs - $15
Lovely for the naturalist - perfect sets of geode crystal pairs.

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Paralellogram Hook - $15
High style for they design lover's stocking. Made by Toronto's Umbra Shift.

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Seed Shelf - $18
Drop your keys, your phone, your mail, or light a small candle on these adorable shelves.

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Cocktail Rimmer Salts + Sugars - $14
For the cocktail lover. Dress your cocktails with a great looking and even better tasting rim. Toronto's Amanda Chen has produced some impressive flavours including raw cacao and grapefruit.

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How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High - $20
Written by David Bienenstock, the former West Coast editor of High Times Magazine, this is the definitive guide for the newbie and the professional. Tips, tricks, etiquette, and recipes.

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Andy Warhol Soup Can Crayon Set - $15
With such an awesome storage tin and names like "Grape Marylin", "Hot Dog Bean Soup", and "Invisible Sculpture" you really can't go wrong.

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Tangram Puzzle Race - $18
Race to build images with Tangram puzzle pieces! Tangram is a geometric puzzle that originated in China over 1,000 years ago, and consists of 7 shapes.

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Perfect Gift Giving for $60 or Less

kim alke

The ultimate guide for finding creative gift ideas for everyone on your list.

Alvéole Honey Gift Box - $42
A tasting box of Toronto's neighbourhood honey. Sourced from hives in gardens and rooftops throughout Toronto, the difference in flavour is amazing.

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Frank Tray - $38
These lacquered steel trays make the perfect gift for the design conscious friend with everything. It's a catch-all for keys, a candle tray, or use for it's namesake and dish up a frank!

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Faceted Crystal Wine Glasses - $45
For the design + wine lover! This set of two (lead-free) crystal wine glasses make a lovely addition to the table.

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Platform Bowl - $50
Give the gift of a design-savvy fruit bowl. Stack them for impact or leave them alone for minimalist display.

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Maple Cube - $28
100% Ontario Maple Sugar, in cube form. Perfect for grating into coffee for a rich maple flavour or slicing thinly to pair with a sharp cheese. Possibilities are endless with these to-die-for cubes.

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Tokyo Milk Dark Handcream - $35
Renowned perfumer, Margot Elena, created the Tokyo Milk Dark line as the perfect antithesis to fruity & flowery fragrance. This unisex line uses ambers, woods, exotic chile, and over-ripe fruit to create interesting and unforgettable fragrances at affordable prices.

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P.F. Candle Co. Soy Wax Candle - $28
Made in California, the fragrances chosen will make you feel the calm of nature with scents including Amber + Moss, Spruce, Teakwood + Tobacco, and Golden Coast

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Wild Ginger + Agave Body Butter - $48
Oprah is never wrong. And she LOVES this body butter.

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Umbra Shift Spice Grinder - $50
Change someone's kitchen game with this stylish spice grinder. Built with ceramic Crush Grind technology, grounds catch tray, and no tiny pins to fuss with!

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Vancouver Island Salt Co. Gift Box - $45
Created in celebration of Canada's landscapes, this special edition wood gift box houses salt flavours that bring you from the west coast, the prairies, the mountains, and the ocean.

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Faceted Crystal Champagne Flutes - $45
For a fancy festive cocktail or a toast on New Year's Eve! We love this set of two (lead-free) crystal champagne flutes.

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Balsam Fir Candle - $32
Give the gift of festive fragrance with everyone's favourite winter candle.

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Amber + Smoke Candle - $30
Our top-selling candle year round. Warm amber fragrance with notes of smoke in a vintage-style apothecary jar.

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Back Pocket Pasta - $37
Easy and delicious dinners solved thanks to this definitive guide of pasta dishes to keep in your recipe arsenal.

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Rosewood Nut Bowl - $34
Classic and stylish for the host with the most.

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Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide - $34.95
Total porn for the sneaker-lover. This guide showcases limited edition and collaborative sneakers that have been released over the last ten years.

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Farm to Chef by Lynn Crawford - $40
Great for the beginner to intermediate home-cook. Big on favour and easy on technique Toronto's own Lynn Crawford has created this fantastic selection of recipes to cook through the seasons using ingredients at their very best.

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Hand-woven Turkish Towel - $60
Great for the traveler or yoga-buff. These towels pack an incredible punch in terms of pack-ability (folding small and coming with a travel bag), durability (washer/dryer friendly), and absorbancy (you really won't believe how well they absorb). And they're a gorgeous addition to the bathroom.

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Hoop Magazine / LP Rack - $60
Designed in Toronto by a team within Umbra Shift, this modern magazine rack is sure to impress anyone looking to store their monthly subscriptions to their vintage LPs.

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Custom Gift Boxes - $TBD
Let us create a custom gift box for you to fit your budget. We have a selection of ready-to-go gift boxes in store or can create one to suit your budget and needs.

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Perfect Pizza Dough

kim alke

Thanks to our Uuni 2S and now our Uuni 3 Pizza Ovens life has been much more pizza-focused over the past year.  (More pizza in one's life is never a bad thing.)  Part of the fun has been searching for the perfect pizza dough recipe.  We've tried overnight dough, sour dough, yeast-free dough, gluten-free dough and more! 

Here is the recipe we find to be the most user-friendly.  It's super easy to throw together and can be made the same day you want to use it or stored in the fridge or freezer.  We have Uuni to thank for this recipe - it was posted originally here.  Their "Uuniversity" is a gem for tips and recipes for your Uuni oven!

Pizza Dough

Makes 5 x 12″ pizzas.  We usually double the recipe and freeze a few or keep them in the fridge for the next day.

Ingredients:

  • Water 300g | 1⅓ cups
  • Dry yeast 7g
  • OR fresh yeast 20g | ⅔ oz
  • Olive oil 20g | 1 tbsp
  • Type ’00’ flour 500g | 2½ cups [we have used regular old AP unbleached as well]
  • Salt 10g | 1tsp

Method:

  1. Bring 1/3 of the water to boil and mix with the rest of the cold water. This brings it to the correct temperature
  2. Whisk in the yeast and then oil
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour with salt
  4. Mixing by hand: Pour water on top of the flour and being mixing with a wooden spoon. Once the dough is starting to form, continue mixing with your hands. Turn the dough onto a slightly floured surface and knead using both hands. Continue kneading for around 10 minutes until the dough is firm and stretchy. Cover the dough with cling wrap and a tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for 1-2 hours.
    Using a mixer: Turn the machine on low and start gradually adding water. Once mixed, time 5-10 minutes on the same setting. Cover the dough with cling wrap and a tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for 1-2 hours.
  5. Once the dough is proofed, divide it into 165g dough balls for the perfect traditional Neapolitan pizza base that cooks in as little as 60 seconds in your Uuni wood-fired oven. Let them rise for a further 20 minutes before stretching.  (If you want to do cold proofing, use half the amount of yeast and leave to proof in a fridge for 24-48 hours before dividing into dough balls. Cold proofing helps to develop a deep flavour to the dough as it allows the yeast to work with the sugars in the flour for longer. Let the dough return to room temperature before stretching and cooking.)
  6. Once proved it’s time to stretch your dough into pizzas.

Top tips for stretching dough: Always start with a perfectly rounded dough ball as this helps to keep the shape round when stretching out. On a lightly floured surface, pressing down with floured fingertips, shape the dough into a small, flat disk. Working from the centre, push the dough outward while spreading your fingers, making the disk larger. Pick up the dough. Move your hands along the edges, allowing gravity to pull the dough into a 14-inch circle, oval, or rectangle.

Cooking the pizza: Flour the pizza peel generously using semolina or cornmeal (or other course flour) as it will slide much easier into the oven.  Slide the pie off the floured pizza peel and close the Uuni door.  Wait 25 seconds, use the peel (or tongs) to turn the pizza 180 degrees, close the door and check again in 25-30 seconds. 

Enjoy!

Pizza Lovers Unite!

kim alke

Last spring, we made a life-changing discovery: the Uuni Wood-fired Pizza Oven.

The Uuni is the definitive tool for your garden or outdoor kitchen. It’s designed specifically to take the cost, bulk and hassle out of using a wood-fired oven. 

Reaching 930F within ten minutes, the oven is perfect for high-heat cooking in the backyard or on the patio...at the cottage, or the beach...if you can carry it there you can cook there.  Think:
Pizza
Flat Bread
Salmon
Ribs
Just about anything that can be cooked or smoked at high heat.

We are in LOVE.

Currently, we live in a small apartment but storing the fuel and the unit is easy.  The pellets can be stored in anything dry and air-tight (we use a lovely vintage canister). The oven's cover doubles as a carrying bag so we can leave it covered on the patio, pack it up and store it, or take it to friends' yards or cottages.
 

The wood pellets are available here at Spruce or at any local BBQ or hardware store.

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The cover doubles as a pizza-party-ready carrying bag.

...Here's the BFF's set up at the cabin!

How much?
We are offering the Uuni 3 for $399.  Covers are sold separately for $75.
We have the pellets available as well in 28lb bags for $28 (this will last you all summer).
For more details or to purchase, click here.

Looking for a good how-to video? 
Check out the videos below for the Uuni S2 and Uuni 3 Models...

Uuni S2 Instructional Video:

Uuni 3 Instructional Video:

 

Stay-tuned for the pizza party invite!

 

Gratitude is Not a Strong Enough Word

kim alke

On February 14th we closed our doors for a little week-long refresh.  We emptied the store to paint the floors, walls and ceilings while we did some restoration to fixtures and (in truth) had a little RnR. 

We were here...

We were here...

While this was going on...

While this was happening...

We re-opened on February 24th looking and feeling refreshed.  Then, sadly, woke up the morning of February 25th to smoke billowing into the building. 

We are so thankful that no one was hurt (pets or people).  But numerous apartments, ours included, were rendered unlivable as were three businesses: Spruce, Pipler Accessories and the 2-4-1 Pizza where the fire originated.  All three of us were forced to shut down until... we weren't sure when.

The generosity from all of you was, and is, overwhelming.  We have been so touched by the support of our neighbours and friends everywhere - but within our little neighbourhood especially.  We had offers for places to stay, we had dinners cooked for us, wine delivered, cards and notes constantly flowing into our virtual and irl inboxes.

We learned more about smoke and soot damage than we ever wanted to know.  We lost 100% of our inventory and struggled to save our large vintage pieces. 

It took four (very long & emotional) months to restore the building.  But, in the end, drywall was replaced, inventory repurchased, vintage fixtures restored and walls painted.

From this... 

To this...

And eventually to this...

We re-opened on Saturday, June 18th.  The morning after an incredibly love-filled party with family, friends & neighbours.  We sipped smoked negronis, ate burnt-marshmallow ice-cream, nibbled BBQ brisket and a few other "smoke-themed" treats to celebrate the end of a few incredible months. 

Incredibly tough, incredibly inspiring, incredibly emotional, and incredibly full of gratitude. 

I am so thankful for everyone who has supported me through this journey.  My partner Faust, my family (Byron, Carol, Kelly & Scotty), my village of friends (Jake, Trevor, Tracy, Claudine, Steve, Ryan, Aefa, Adrian, Jenn, Paula, Zack, Karmen, James, Ryan, Sam, MaryAnn, Gaby, Tanya, Heather, Mia, Shawn, Allan, Patty, Carol, Stephen, Meg, Courtney, Regina, Arshad, Trevor, Tanya (+ the crew) and the many more I've missed.

Thank you so incredibly sincerely from the bottom of my heart.
-Kim

"The wound is the place where light enters you"
-Rumi

Lavender-Peach Sangria Popsicles by Cahoots Bar & Kitchen

kim alke

Vancouver's Cahoots Bar & Kitchen provides endless inspiration!

Vancouver's Cahoots Bar & Kitchen provides endless inspiration!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ripe Peaches (or Nectarines)
  • 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2oz Cahoots Lavender
  • Half Bottle Dry White Wine

    Method:

    Peel Peaches or Nectarines and set aside half of one peach. Chop remaining fruit into large pieces and place in a food processor along with the lemon juice. Add Cahoots Lavender and half bottle of dry white wine and continue mixing until smooth. Cut remaining half peach into thin slices. Place two slides into each popsicle mold. Strain and divide purée into 6 popsicle molds. Place filled popsicles in the freezer until frozen.

     

    View the original post on Cahoot's website here

    All Things Copper

    kim alke

    We have been following the copper trend for a few years now.  It's classic, versatile and makes an amazing statement - both over-the-top and understated. Copper barware is something we have been searching for...and we finally found it.

    Meet Sertodo Copper.

    Jonathan Beall has been handcrafting hammered copper since 1997.  He operates a small family-style studio high in the Sierra Madres Occidental of Southwestern Mexico and with an international cooperative of master copper artisans, with workshops in Austin, Texas.  All pieces are made from 100% recycled copper and offer a lifetime of beautiful service.

    Working in small teams, these master craftsmen honour the traditions of copper production that date back over 1000 years.  Many have found copper to have special Ayurvedic properties.

    Did we mention these Moscow Mule mugs are some of The Great Oprah's Favourite Things?
    "Not like I need an excuse to enjoy a Moscow mule, but this tray and six-mug set, handmade in Mexico with hammered recycled copper, makes cocktail hour extra special." — Oprah

    We are thrilled to have met Jonathan and some of his team.  Their work stands high above the rest and proves the importance of master crafstmanship in a traditional and ancient trade.


    Living a Double Life...

    kim alke

    Some of you don't know I live a double life...

    I am a shop owner by day (and night and weekend) but I'm also a realtor.  I'm super lucky to work with THE most amazing team at urbaneer.com and sometimes I write a little blog for them!  Check out the latest here about giving your space a refresher course in colour!

    Image courtesy of  decoist.com

    Image courtesy of decoist.com

    Happy Thursday!

     

    For My Best Friend

    kim alke

    Let's hit the park while the weather is still fine!  With our best friend of course...our pup.

    Another product I've been stalking for a few years is a line of pet leashes by Found My Animal of Brooklyn.  The founders met while walking their two rescue pups, both of whom were named Walter. The Walters were sizing each other up, and their people started a conversation that quickly revealed their passion for animal welfare. They decided to become partners after discovering they had more in common than two rescue dogs with the same name. They had both attended great design schools—Cooper Union and Rhode Island School of Design—and were passionate about animals, animal welfare and a love of the principles of good design.

    They support animal welfare by asking pets and their owners to help deliver our simple, important message: rescue over purchase.  They have supported over 50 rescue societies since inception in 2006.

    Nothing ages more beautifully than marine-grade rope and hardware. The individually-numbered, stamped tags on each FOUND leash remind us of the uniqueness of our animal, and allow the company to keep track of the number of animals they have helped so far.

    Did we mention they are damn attractive leashes!??  WOW.




    Bend it like...Bend

    kim alke

    I'd like you to meet my new crush: Bend Goods.

    I've been lusting over their stylish pieces of iron-styled art for quite some time and finally had some prime wall space to devote to their enchanting, modern, unique and colourful sculptures.

    Hot-dip galvanized iron to prevent rust, with a powder coated finish these are great for indoors or outdoors. 
    Gazelle
    Water Buffalo
    Longhorn

    I love them all.  Each are available in white, black or orange.  The longhorn is also available in copper.  Yes.  Copper.