I spent this past weekend fighting the crowds at the One of A Kind Show here in Toronto. Despite the hoardes of people I still go each year because it’s jam packed with crafters and makers from across the country and is the perfect place to buy gifts for the holidays. I appreciate practical gifts or gifts that provide an experience but every once and awhile it is nice to give something just because it’s beautiful. Here are some of my fav finds from the One of A Kind Show that make great presents (including to your yourself!)
Matter Company. I hit this up every year. Made locally in Toronto, they craft the best hand creme. seriously. I buy them as gifts and for myself along with their organic, biodegradable body wash/shampoo (good for camping!). Matter also has the most beautiful mother and baby line so check it out!
Salt Spring Island Candles. I just discovered these candles this year at the show and I fell in love with their quality of ingredients. Based in Western Canada they use GMO free ingredients, the candles are hand poured, ethically sourced and use essential oils instead of fragrance. I recommend the SITKA candle which has notes of Western Red Cedar, Spruce and Douglas Fir that remind me of being in a sauna in the middle of the woods.
In the past I have been sorely disappointed with the food vendors that have been at the One of A Kind Show. Lots of things that are filled with crap and questionable ingredients but this year was different. I found some really high quality items starting with this chocolate – sweetened with dates only which pulls directly on my little hippie heartstrings. Lee’s Ghee was there and we all know how much I love my ghee. When I don’t have time to make my own, I turn to hers. Also, Chaiwala Chai was there with some darn good chai tea. I picked up the rooibos version. There were quite a few honey options this year and I bought the alveole honey. They help people set up and care for their own bee hives around Toronto! They also sell a box of four honeys from different areas of Toronto. Pretty cool and makes a great gift!
For little kids I found the most adorable little ponchos and overalls from dagg & stacey. I kind of wish they came in adult size. Lastly, I got a beautiful basket from Jenna Rose. She has hand printed textiles that she makes into baskets (for storing all the things), pouches and kitchen linens.
Let’s get to this recipe shall we? And you want to make this recipe. Tis the season for all orange flavoured things on the internet. I love the holidays because the oranges, clementines and blood oranges are all prime time. This caramel is sweet and tart and the prefect topping on vanilla ice cream. I am by no means a caramel snob and I know there are some diehards who say that there is only one proper way to make caramel. Well that’s not me. For one, I don’t have a candy thermometer and I don’t expect you to either. The only thing you have to be careful about is not burning the sugar but if you keep an eye on it, it will totally be fine. Give it a go and let me know how you like it.
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Orange Cardamom Caramel (with coconut sugar and ghee)
This is a tangy orange version of caramel sauce that is delicious on vanilla ice cream.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Total Time: 25 minutes
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup coconut sugar
3 tbsp ghee
1/4 cup coconut cream or full fat coconut milk
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
- In a small pot whisk the orange juice and coconut sugar over medium/low heat.
- Once the sugar has dissolved lower the heat and let it simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
- Add the ghee and coconut milk in while whisking.
- Continue to heat until it starts to thicken.
- After it has thickened (about 15 min) take it off the heat and add in the vanilla, cardamom and sea salt.
- The mixture will thicken as it cools.
- Serve on your favourite vanilla ice cream!
I used ghee in this recipe but you could try regular unsalted butter or coconut oil for a vegan version. Let me know how it goes!