Bring Back Better Baking

It’s simple

Bliss Bakery; Peachland, Okanagan, B.C.          Photo: d. king

“Imagine a world where the craftsmanship of the baker, the fragility of our planet, the integrity of the organic farmer, the strength of community and the simplicity of real food are valued and nourished.” – True Grain Vision (True Grain Bakehouse; Summerland).

The Art of Artisan baking gets resurrected with three outstanding places I recently visited on my B.C. road trip to the Okanagan and Kootenays.  Granted; the main focus was on visiting wineries and friends, however we can never overlook a good burger, sandwich or cinnamon bun.  And cookies!  And Brownies!

True Grain Bakehouse; Summerland, Okanagan, B.C. Photo: d. king

As Bliss Bakery says: “many people are unaware that so many bakeries today do not make their own products; rather they bring in mixes or sometimes even fully baked items and present it as their own – have you ever wondered why those Nanaimo Bars look so similar at all the different bakeries you go to?

Staying True to the Grain:  True Grain Bakehouse uses 100 % BC-farmed organic grain which they stone mill for everything. From ancient & heritage grains like Einkorn, Emmer, Rye, Khorasan and Spelt, to heritage wheat like Canada’s own Red Fife, they buy direct from organic farmers close to home.

Photo: d. king

“Each day our talented bakers make hundreds of loaves and pastries by hand, using tried and tested European-inspired recipes.  We don’t skimp on quality, and we never cut corners. The result is bread that is wholesome, full of flavour, and is simply a joy to eat.”

I wasn’t planning on this but a woman in front of me convinced me to buy a package.  I mean, if you’re going to indulge… make it worthwhile.  Photo: d. king

Amazing Grains.  Photo: d. king

Greener Pastures and a Community Lifestyle in Chilliwack, B.C.

The Yellow Deli was orginally started in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1973 and spread out to other countries.  This place is not a 9-to-5 job for the people who work here. This is a true “group effort” as everyone lives and works together. They live communally on a nearby farm where all the food served at The Yellow Deli is from.  Everything is so fresh and delicious.

From Farm to Tableliterally. This is a place you don’t want to miss if you’re passing through Chilliwack whether it’s for a bowl of soup, sandwich or a salad. Photo: d. king

Taken from the website: their group is a part of the-first-century-church which in essence lives in the pattern of the original church of Jerusalem 30 AD.  They are going back to the way it was originally. They hope to see many things that have gone off course be restored to the “way it was supposed to be.” 

“Obviously our hope for this world goes far beyond what politicians are promising these days, but we have high hopes and we believe we’ll see them fulfilled.”

So as you can see, there’s a lot more to the Yellow Deli than a great looking sandwich. But if you want one, they have it!

Bristol Bay Sandwich

I had the veggie burger which was the best tasting ever (with Chilliwack corn as part of what was in it).  Paul took out a cinnamon bun to which I had a bite and made sure to get one on the way back.  

Do you have a special bakery where you live?

Bliss Bakery; Peachland. Photo: d. king