Jamie Hertz: Paying forward a kind gesture

"I walked to my truck I noticed that someone had left a bag of fruits and vegetables from their garden on the hood of my truck."

By Jamie Hertz

It’s been a long time since I have written an article for the Nelson Star and I must say that I have really missed it.

As much as I don’t miss owning my own restaurant in Nelson, I do really miss the locals and my relationships with Nelsonites.  I have lived all over Canada and without a doubt the people I have met in the Koots are some of the best.

The other day I finished work and as I walked to my truck I noticed that someone had left a bag of fruits and vegetables from their garden on the hood of my truck. Aside from the delicious food there was only a note saying thank you. No name or explanation, just a medley of zucchinis, tomatoes, squashes, plums, and apples. I was speechless when I received this gift and my mind to this day is spinning as to who it may have been who gifted me.  This is just an example of the kindness and type of people that are everywhere in the Kootenays.

This is where my inspiration for this article has come from. I have decided to share my gift with all of you and pay it forward. I have for you today a zucchini relish recipe and hope you can try it at home, this way my mystery friend will have been more generous than they thought.

This relish is perfect for putting on top of a nice piece of fish, on a burger, or my favourite which is on a tuna melt with bread and butter pickles and banana peppers.  It is also perfect for this time of year with our gardens ready to harvest.

Remember my recipes are just guidelines so feel free to experiment and change things around to come up with your own signature versions or if something isn’t to your liking.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you have something you want me to write about.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Totem pole considered cultural appropriation removed from Nelson’s Hume School

The pole had also become rotted and was seen as dangerous to students

CHECK THIS OUT: Listen up at Nelson Public Library

Avi Silberstein writes about audiobook options at the library

BUSINESS BUZZ: Rising from the ashes, city eyes up to $200M in projects

Darren Davidson’s monthly column about business in Nelson

Kootenay mom turns COVID lockdown into positive action

Take a Hike runs from the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre in East Trail

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

‘Won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving:’ Trudeau says COVID-19 2nd wave underway

In all, COVID-19 has killed about 9,250 people in Canada

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Most Read