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Siren Bakery

Catching up on my reading and writing after being away is always a task. Between emails, regular post, getting back to the books on my beside table, a publisher waiting for work and keeping blogs updated I feel the need to be organized more than ever, and that mini-holiday feels like it lasted 10 minutes.

We have started a nice routine in the morning, taking the time to have breakfast together and really enjoying the start of the day. This morning was one of those mornings and the first opportunity to try Siren Bakery granola. Siren Bakery is a new Ottawa based bakery that creates high-fibre, low-sugar delicious baked goods, which include 3 flavours of gourmet granola, cranberry/almond, blueberry/pecan and date/walnut. I am partial to the cranberry/almond which includes, dried cranberries, crunchy pecans, rolled oats, coconut, currants, sunflower seeds, lightly sweetened with honey. This is no wimpy granola, it stays crunchy in yogurt and it’s nutty flavour is nicely matched with the dried fruit. They stand well on their own, a perfect combination I would say. It was a lovely addition to Ian Brown’s 4th Week of culinary adventures…..

Siren was started by Loreli Lees an all natural baker and self-anointed domestic diva, who obviously cares what people are fueling their bodies with. This stuff is the real thing, good for you and taste good too!

Siren Bakery is also a Bronze and Hospitality Sponsor of the 2010 Ottawa Folk Festival. They will be serving their gourmet granola to all festival volunteers, artists and musicians. How cool is that? They will also have a booth in the Food Fair. My advice, stop by and do yourself a favour by purchasing a bag!

If you don’t already, take the time to enjoy your mornings, it makes the rest of the day awesome!

Favourite #1 Red Apron’s Peanut Butter Banana Handcrafted Granola

As promised I am going to start writing about 5 of my favourite local products. Today I start with number 1, amazing granola from the Red Apron on Gladstone.

The Red Apron is a wonderful place that offers a unique meal service to the community. A great place for busy families or singles it’s ever changing menu brings comfort food and designer dishes to your table. You can drop by and pick something up out of the freezer to take home or you can purchase gift certificates (I have done so in the past year for a few new moms). They also have a delivery service that serves a large section of the city.

I recently purchased their handcrafted Peanut Butter Banana Granola after reading about it in a local publication. The recipe actually belongs to Justine one of their staff who will soon be branching out with the product (will keep you posted).

This is definitely worth the trip to Gladstone. Made with organic ingredients the two key, banana chips and peanut butter seal the deal for me. It’s nutty flavour and crunchy texture add excitement to plain yogurt and a flavourful twist to oatmeal. This delicious concoction is a must for peanut butter lovers, as it is rolled in the stuff!

I’m sold. I think this will be a staple in our cupboard from now on, and it may be the gift I bring to the holiday brunch tables.