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Must-try Pickles and Preserves: 5 top picks from Ottawa Magazine’s 2013 Eating & Drinking Guide

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Must-try Pickles and Preserves: Ottawa Magazine food editor Shawna Wagman highlights five gourmet condiments guaranteed to add panache to any dish.

 

 

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Bumpercrop makes a whole range of pickled preserves, including garlic scapes. Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux

Twisted Garlic Scapes
Turning “farmers’ trash” into quirky, pleasure-packed preserves is the name of the delicious game for Bumpercrop, an artisanal co-operative out of Toronto. Spices and Ontario cider vinegar tame and transform garlic tops that get lopped off and green tomatoes that would otherwise be fed to pigs. Available at The Piggy Market, 400 Winston Ave., 613-371-6124.

Apple Brandy Butter
This comforting condiment is great over goat cheese on toast. Richard Nigro, the man behind this fine recipe, also recommends tossing it on a pork chop or tenderloin in the final minutes of cooking to glaze the meat. Available at Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen, 1200-D Wellington St. W., 613-422-2680.

Strawberry Jam
A jar of this quintessential jam by Barkley’s captures the essence of summer and proves that the simplest things are often the best. Available at Red Apron, 564 Bank St., 613- 695-0417; Herb & Spice, 375 Bank St., 613-232-4087, and 1310 Wellington St. W., 613-722-5747; and the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.

 

Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux
Healthy, tasty, and just a tad smelly — kimchi is enjoying its time in the spotlight. Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux

Kimchee
Kimchee — Korea’s traditional fermented-cabbage dish — gets its time in the spotlight. Foodies find themselves devouring the funky superfood on everything from poutine to scrambled eggs. And reeking, er, reaping the rewards. Raon Kitchen makes a fine example. Available at Red Apron, 564 Bank St., 613- 695-0417.

Chutney
For those of us who like to keep an all-purpose savoury jam on hand for meats and cheeses, a jar of Major Craig’s Chutney is a must. This gently spiced condiment should have its own designated spot in the fridge. Available at Red Apron, 564 Bank St., 613- 695-0417.

Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux
Major Craig’s chutney — the perfect complement to meats and cheeses. Photography by Christian Lalonde / Photolux