Schell: Common kitchen for all to use

The fully equipped, approved commercial kitchen can be rented by anyone needing a kitchen space…

  • Mar. 6, 2014 1:00 p.m.

A really cool new business just opened up in the SOPA (South Pandosy) neighbourhood called Saj Common Kitchen.

The common part refers to the fact that the fully equipped, approved commercial kitchen can be rented by anyone needing a kitchen space to create his or her products, prepare food or hold an event.

Targeting the likes of Farmers Market food vendors, event and corporate caterers, teachers needing a space to hold cooking classes, chef trainers and food artisans, this venue will be a dream come true to many. The kitchen is equipped with commercial ranges and ovens, a convection oven, char broiler, walk in refrigeration, freezer, mixers, permanent storage, portable stainless tables, large stainless island and counter space, plenty of shelving, some small wares, rolling racks, 24 baking sheets and seating for 20.

Owner Betty Cherkaoui, both a caterer and cooking teacher, was inspired to create this space for people just like her who had struggled in the past to find a commercial kitchen to create their magic.

Space is available on a first come basis by calling Betty at 250-864-3491 or visiting sajcommonkitchen.com.

Betty is a fabulous caterer specializing in Lebanese cuisine and also offers cooking classes. Check out her website for upcoming class info or to book a catering event: lebanesecuisine.ca.

I have been experimenting in my own kitchen lately, trying to find the ultimate, healthy but tasty muffin.  Thanks to a base recipe for banana, honey muffins shared by my fabulous Facebook friend, Calgary-based cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal, I know have a delicious, healthy winner.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is super versatile. I have varied my measurements of chopped apples, blueberries, chopped dates, chopped dried apricots, shredded coconut and varied the amount of chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp hearts. I have also used pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds and sunflower seeds on top—no matter what, every version is delicious, just stick to the basic measurements.

Julie’s trick of using three bananas is the key—it not only makes them healthier, it keeps them moist too. Julie added honey to her recipe but I find them sweet enough on their own. Enjoy.

Banana LOVE Muffins

Wet ingredients:

In a large bowl, mash 3 very ripe bananas with 1/8 cup canola oil, 1 large egg and 1 tsp vanilla.

Dry Ingredients:

Add 1 1/2 cups Anita’s organic sprouted spelt flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt. Plus some or all of the following:

1/2 cup shredded fancy coconut

3-4 tbsp Chia seeds

2 tbsp hemp hearts

2 tbsp tsp flax seed

Extras:

chopped dates

blueberries

dried apricots

chopped apples (I like Ambrosias because they keep their crunch)

Divide between eight paper-lined large muffin cups (probably 10 smaller ones) poking 4-5 blueberries and/or and a couple of pieces of dates or apples or apricots into them. Top with pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds or sunflower seeds (optional).

Bake at 375 F for 22 minutes.

Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Possible rainfall rates of up to 25 milimetres in one hour.

STEM summer camps focus on math, science learning

Programs offered at UBCO campus encourage hands-on fun

Futures court stars make stop in Kelowna

Kelowna Futures Tennis Tournament goes June 25 to July 1 at Parkinson Rec Centre courts

Blasting warning for West Kelowna

West Kelowna permit issued for blasting to start this week

Glenrosa residents asked to secure garbage

WildSafeB.C. issues warning about bears

VIDEO: Vernon-area students read for rank

RCMP visited JW Inglis on Wednesday as part of the Read with Me and the RCMP program.

Pippins halt Falcons’ winning streak at 3

YAKIMA, WA. – The Kelowna Falcons had their three-game West Coast League… Continue reading

FIFA World Cup weekly roundup

Host nation Russia remains unbeaten in Group A, tied with Uruguay

Star Gazing: Using a large telescope

Ken Tapping, astronomer with the National Research Council’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Trudeau says he can’t imagine Trump damaging U.S. by imposing auto tariffs

New tariffs on Canadian autos entering the U.S. would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy

Temperature records broken across B.C., again

The first heat wave of the season went out with a bang across the province

Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

The introduction of the Accessible Canada Act marked a key step towards greater inclusion

Police chief calls for mass casualty plan in Saskatchewan after Broncos crash

Former Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill said the office was tasked with creating such a plan 13 years ago but none exists

U.S. schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct acted as a team physician at other universities

Most Read