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Join Us for a New Years Celebration – Family Style!

Join Us for a New Years Celebration - Family Style!

An ‘Out of This World’ Deal

What’s better than spending the weekend enjoying family time!

Rocky Mountain Flatbread and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre have teamed up to ensure your family can chow down on pizza, catch some cool movies and learn about the wonders of outer space at a great price. 

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The third Saturday of every month is Saturn-5 Saturdays: a series of family activities with related space themes.
This Saturday 16th don’t miss out on creating awesome planetary mobiles!
Check out http://www.spacecentre.ca/family-programs#sat5sat for the next Saturn-5 Saturday programming.
This promotion also applies to Martian Matinees:
space-themed holiday movies in the auditorium to light up your afternoon. 
 
Next Showing: 2:00 pm Sunday Dec 29th  – Arthur Christmas
Go to Rocky Mountain Flatbread after your visit, show your Space Centre ticket stub & receive 15% off, on all food orders.
This offer cannot be combined with gift cards or other promotions.
Double Bonus: Present your restaurant receipt when you visit the Space Centre for a 15% discount on admission!

Ocean Wise Month November

November is Ocean Wise Month! As a proud Ocean Wise partner, Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company is featuring sustainable seafood inspired pastas and flatbreads on our daily specials menu. As our daily board changes each week, so will our feature Ocean Wise inspired selection of seafood. Don’t forget to check out some of our Ocean Wise menu staples, such as our West Coast Salmon Flatbread App and our Pesto Shrimp Flatbread Pizza. 

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This week’s Kits features:

Flatbread Special – tomato sauce, mozza, spinach, lime marinated Ocean Wise shrimp, mango & diced tomato

Pasta Special - fettucini served with local portabello mushrooms, wild arugula, red onion, sundried tomato & Ocean Wise smoked salmon in a parsley cream sauce 

Pasta Special – penne served with fennel, local rainbow carrots, chard, baby dill & Ocean Wise Salt Spring Mussels 

 Help us in celebrating Ocean Wise’s commitment to keeping our oceans healthy by visiting us today!To see what sustainable seafood inspired dishes our chefs have created check out us out on Twitter @flatbreadCo or give us a call:  Kits (604) 730-0321 /  Main (604) 566-9779

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To check out other Ocean Wise events:

 http://www.oceanwise.ca/news/ocean-wise-month-nov-2013-events-and-features

Perfect Holiday Planning Ideas

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Enter to Win Halloween Pizza Making Competition!

It’s time to get spooky – ghouls and gals of all ages are invited to make their own pizza monster! We want to see how creative you can be with your pizza creations – Dr. Frankenstein had a lab for his monster, but all you need is a kitchen, a pizza base, toppings and imagination. Submit your pizza face picture on our Twitter or Facebook pages with your name and age and we will award the most creative adult and child submissions’ with a dinner for four on us!

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Pizza bases are available for purchase at Rocky Mountain Flatbread or you can use an English muffin, pita, tortilla, etc.

We will be taking submissions until 9:00 p.m. on October 31st

  Tweet @flatbreadCo / Post to FB RMFMainStreet or RockyMountainFlatbread

           Monster Pizza Making will also take place at Rocky Mountain Flatbread                 Main Street & Kits locations October 27th and 28th

                    Halloween Crafting Night will be held October 23rd 5-7 pm :                          Apple Monsters & Green Slime

Seasonal Dish: Thanksgiving Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for family & friends?
Or looking for a great starter to contribute to a meal  you have been invited to?
Perhaps you have decided to go stress free this weekend & want a restaurant with an authentic fall harvest menu – whatever your plans, our Butternut Squash & Apple Soup is a Thanksgiving must!

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup Recipe 

To cube the squash, peel it, cut it in half, remove the seeds and then cut it into chunks. Use vegetable stock to make this vegetarian.

Ingredients: 

2 Tbs. unsalted butterImage

2 Tbs. olive oil

3 large sweet Vidalia onions, chopped

2.5 Tbs. sweet curry powder

2 large butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cut into cubes

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and quartered

Kosher salt and black pepper

1 (12 oz.) bottle hard cider, or 1.5 c. apple cider or apple juice

5 c. low-sodium chicken stock, preferably homemade

Cayenne pepper, to taste

Oil for frying

Sage leaves

Cooking Instructions:

  • Sweat onions and vegetables. Heat butter and oil over low heat in a large stockpot. Add the onions and cook over low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the butternut squash, apples, and curry powder to the onions and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add liquid and simmer. Add the hard cider and chicken stock to the pot until the vegetables are covered with liquid. Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the veggies are very soft.
  • Puree, season and serve. Puree the soup with a hand blender or in a food blender or food mill. Return soup to pot and season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, which gives this sweet soup a nice spicy aftertaste.
  • Make crispy sage leaves for garnish, if desired. Heat a little oil in a small sauce or sauté pan. When the oil is hot, dip or lay the sage leaves in the oil, turning them if necessary, and fry until crispy, about 5-10 seconds.

Your Vancouver Farmer’s Markets are a great place to pick up local, organic ingredients http://www.eatlocal.org/

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

 

Autumn Canning at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

 

Many of our fall foods are easily preserved for the lean winter months. Preserving can be done in ways such as canning, freezing, drying or curing. These are traditional methods that our ancestors used safely for thousands of years. The recent industrialization of food production has replaced these traditional techniques with chemical preservatives to extend the shelf life of our foods. As a huge supporter of seasonal eating, Rocky Mountain Flatbread hosted a canning workshop  Sunday, October 6th. 

Canning is a method using a hot water bath or pressure canner to seal foods inside a glass jar. Acidic foods like jams and pickles can be canned using a hot water bath as the acid inhibits bacterial growth. RHN Brendan Young joined our guest to demonstrate how easy it can be store delicious organic B.C. apple sauce and pickle local carrots with a kick!

We started the workshop off by cleaning, peeling and coring our sweet variety apples. Using a pot  filled with enough water to cover the surface area of the bottom, we  set the apples aside to boil until soft for approx. 15. While the apples simmered we sanitized our jars. Jars can be sanitized by boiling in water, in the dishwasher or in the oven. Once ready, we blended our apples (a sieve can also be used) until we reached our desired texture. If you wanted to season your apple sauce you could now add cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, etc. The apple sauce can then be transferred into the jar. Leaving about an inch from the lid pound the sauce to remove any air bubbles. Use the magnetic lid lifter to remove lids from sterilizing water and transfer to jar. Tighten the ring around the jar and submerge in the hot water bath for 15-20 min. Your hot water bath should cover the top of your jars with an inch of water. Once you have removed the jars from the bath, allow them time to cool. The lid is sealed if you hear a pop and it is sucked down. If you touch the center of the lid after the jar is cool and it can still pop up and down the jar is not sealed and should be re-submerged in a hot water bath.  

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To pickle our carrots we washed and chopped the carrot spears to the height of the jar. To create our brine, we combined 8 cups water, 8 cups apple cider vinegar and 2/3 cups sea salt. As the brine was brought to a boil, we stuffed our carrot spears into the sterilized jars as tightly as possible (you do not want any room as carrots may float or pop up in brine and/or shrink while in hot water bath). To add some extra flavour we added 4 peppercorns, 1 clove of peeled garlic and 1 chili pepper. Once the brine had been brought to a boil we removed it from the stove top to ladle into our carrot stuffed jars. Ensuring all carrots were covered with the brine, we sealed our jars and submerged them in the hot water bath. Leave carrots to cool and seal. Wait at least 2 weeks for carrots to pickle. It is important to always use new lids, but jars and rings can be re-used if sanitized. 

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Thank you to Brendan Young for hosting this great workshop! We hope all of our guests will enjoy their fall preserves for seasons to come.  

For more great canning tips visit http://www.bernardin.ca/

Upcycling Plastic into Oil

Plastic has become part of our everyday lives – we now consume 110 million tons each year.  Currently, 90% of this goes un-recycled wreaking havoc on our oceans and shores. We have the technology to convert plastic waste to value added crude oil.   Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. are always looking for ways to promote more sustainable solutions & we are excited to announce that we will be hosting live demonstrations of this technology using the Blest Machine. 

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The machine was created by a Japanese inventor, Akinori Ito, who developed the machine in the belief that if plastic is produced from oil, it should be able to convert back to oil.

This model, used for demonstration purposes, can Convert 1KG of plastics 2,4,5 & 6 into 1L fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene).

How does it work?

The process of pyrolysis!

The machine uses electric heat (ranging from 380 – 460 C) to melt the plastic into a gas which is cooled by water and converted into oil.

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Because there is no combustion, but a vaporization into gas, only a small amount of off-gas is produced. This off-gas comes in the form of CO2 (carbon dioxide) equivalent to about four humans breathing normally.

How energy efficient is it?

This size machine uses approx. 1KW/ HR and requires an AC 120V.

Do larger commercial models exist?

Large scale, continually running machines can be purchased. At present, P & M Recycling in Yukon has the only stationary large scale machine in Canada. The machine produces enough fuel that, “Pat McInroy, the owner of the recycling centre, estimates he will save $18,000 in annual heating costs, plus labour costs for sorting and baling the plastic, and trucking costs”. – Yukon News

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. will be hosting a live demonstration fundraiser on September 24th at our Kits location; 10% of sales donated to Upcycle the Gyres Society in contribution to their proof of concept pilot project “marine waste plastic into fuel”. From September 28th – October 27th the machine can be viewed at Science World for their Around the Dome in 30 Days exhibit. 

Community Shared Agriculture

What happens when 10 urban farms across the Metro Vancouver Region come together to share resources, knowledge, skills and experience? Well besides delicious local food, CITY FARMS CO-OP happens! With farmers from Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, Burnaby and Langely, City Farms Co-op provides a range of produce, flowers and other edibles that Rocky Mountain Flatbread just had to get their hands on. Although City-Farms Co-op has a weekly presence at Trout Lake Farmer’s Market, Rocky Mountain Flatbread decided on another route to ensure we had the best ingredients available to make our Farmer’s Market dishes as seasonal and tasty as possible. So, with the help of City Farms Co-op coordinator Emi, we signed on for a weekly CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) delivery.

What is a CSA you ask? As put by City Farms Co-op themselves a CSA is when “customers buy a “share” of the farms harvest at the beginning of the season which provides the farmer with the capital they need for purchasing seeds, equipment soil amendments, etc. In return, customers receive a weekly box which typically contains produce but may also contain other farm products such as honey, meat, eggs, flowers etc.”

Wednesdays are now a day Rocky Mountain Flatbread looks forward to – opening our CSA box to see what colours and textures will make this week’s flatbreads and pastas come alive. CSA is so simple. It makes so much sense. And the fresh, seasonal, local food not only tastes amazing but is packed with nutrients normally lost in the 80% of Canadian produce that is picked unripe and transported to our supermarkets from various countries. If you are interesting in signing up for a CSA or just want to learn more: http://www.cityfarmscoop.ca

ImageEmi dropping off our CSA box to Gary Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street

ImageEmi and Yummy Yards volunteers trellising tomato plants

ImageI tagged along with the Yummy Yards crew to get my hands dirty and came home with these gorgeous veggies

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What a Wonderful Wednesday!

The Earthbites crew teamed up with natural materials artist and instructor, Rebecca Graham, and headed over to the garden at Trafalgar Elementary School. With the help of the boys and girls at Trafalgar Out of School Care Society we created beautiful fences out of willow and ivy!Image

Learning to weave

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Rebecca demonstrating how to create a design with ivy

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Almost finished!

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We created four fences in an hour- great work team!