As we approach the September equinox, when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, and many retreat indoors, the season is upon us for heartier eats and the feeling that everything is falling into place. Kids are back at school; rosters are nearly set and fall suppers are being held to gather congregations and neighbours.
Many people love autumn for its warm days and cool nights. A shoulder season for prairie folk painted in a rich tapestry of colour and flavour; it’s the time of year to winterize your home and vehicles as many begin nesting. After all, whether it’s your car or your cottage, Old Man Winter spares no one.
Today is the fall equinox, considered as the first official day of fall, a time in which the earth receives roughly equal amounts of daylight and darkness.
And so to kick off a new season, with an equal approach to living life measured and letting it happen as it will, we’ve set the table and you’re invited.
According to the culinary experts at d.a. Niels, you don’t need a lot to turn family mealtime into an occasion for gobbling up moments and mouthfuls. In fact, with the right cookware — think one pot dinners — and attention to bright and colourful ingredients, family dinners can be simple and enjoyable.
d.a. Niels is the largest privately owned kitchenware store in Western Canada that sells to the public. Whether it’s craft cocktails you’re fixing or giftware you’re after, they have it all. With a large selection of cast iron sourced from France and the U.K. along with beautiful bakeware and colourful dinnerware such as Fiestaware, mealtime can be an event just setting the table.
"Cooking is a journey," says Daphne Boon. "In life, sometimes we are forced to try new things, step out of our comfort zone, or better yet, step into it. Cooking is a beautiful way to do that and we’re here to help however we can."
They must be doing something right as this coming January, d.a. Niels will be celebrating twenty years in business. They offer demos, employ passionate and educated staff, serve up fresh cups of espresso while you wonder the shop and play really cool music. A wedding gift registry dream come true for all newlyweds, they also offer complimentary gift wrapping.
"We can help you make food so special," she says. "After all, food is at the center of all cultures and family gatherings – it brings people together."
d. a. Niels is equipped with an endless supply of inspirations for dinner. The shelves are stocked full of solutions to just about any culinary query and they offer professional knife sharpening services.
As we think about chilly nights and hot mugs of cider, think too about food that warms from the inside; food that fends off even the toughest days at school or the office and then gather the people you love, unpack seasonal ingredients and open the bar. Like finding your way around this world, cooking is a series of experiments seasoned, if you’re lucky – alongside dependable people and finished with dessert.
"Life can be challenging; dinner time doesn’t need to be."
Cheers to that!
d.a. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware is a treasure trove for chefs and foodies located at 485 Berry Street.
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