Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Floral Art in the Park, Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Victoria, BC


Going to Ascot

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific holds an annual Arts & Music in the Garden with over 50 local artists’ booths set up along the paths that traversing the garden.

Heron & Goldfish



The Centre’s gardens encompass herbs, fuschia and lilies, a Japanese garden, an urban garden, a farm garden, and a birds, bees and butterflies garden and are a delight at any time of the year.



But Arts & Music in the Park is special, and one of my favorite aspects of the event is the floral art designed and presented by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild. Many of them have a very wacky sense of humour.

Seaweed at Sunset

Additional photographs of the gardens are available at Sunshine and Shade: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 12, 2019


Local Happenings 
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre is holding its annual community barbeque at the Garden Patch from 3-7 pm, Aug. 14. There will be facepainting, games, and family activities.

Recipes 
Here are some interesting takes on how to dress up a baked potato. A topping of slow-cooked leeks or wrapped in seaweed and roasted sounds good to me.


Food for Thought 
The strange science inside your sourdough uncovered in Belgium’s sourdough library: “What is clear is that sourdough starters, and the bread made with them, represent human manipulations of the evolution of microbial communities. We channel the growth of particular members of these communities by raising or lowering the temperature of our dough, by feeding starters more or less frequently, and by giving them different kinds of flour.”

Eating and drinking in Africa’s largest slum – in pictures.

“Not only do these ‘compostable’ bowls not actually biodegrade, they end up making industrial compost, the water used to process it, and the eventual soil they are meant to replenish, toxic. . . . There’s no such thing as a carbon-free lunch.

Can you afford to be green when you’re not rich? One woman’s diary of the food and other choices she makes for one week.

An omnivore predicts that alt meat is the beginning of the end for the meat industry: “Sure, steak is great, but ground beef makes up 60 percent of beef sales, and most of it is more Salisbury than salutary, a greasy vehicle for the yummy stuff: ketchup, mushrooms, pickles, bacon, sriracha mayo. I knew I wouldn’t object if my central puck came from a plant, as long as it chewed right and tasted right. I suspected others might feel the same.”

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan nature/environmental initiatives and events. 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Zero Waste Emporium, Victoria, British Columbia


The Zero Waste Emporium at 1728 Douglas Street (across from the Public Market) bills itself as Victoria’s first zero-waste grocery store. They stock a huge range of products from bulk bins full of nuts, seeds, flour, and dried fruit to personal care and cleaning products.


What really impressed me was the emphasis on local products – Tree Island yogurt and Avalon Dairy milk and cream sourced on Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island tofu, vegan protein from Victoria-based The Very Good Butchers, almond/oat/hemp mylk made in house twice a week, as well as vegan cheezes from BC-based companies, The Cultured Nut and Black Sheep. And the list goes on and on. Many of these products are also organic.



The owners state they are, “promoting ecological awareness by offering customers reliable, sustainably sourced products that will help you reduce your environmental footprint and empower your Zero Waste lifestyle.”


Make sure you visit the Zero Waste Emporium if you’re ever in Victoria.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 5, 2019


“We lived very simply – but with all the essentials of life well understood and provided for – hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy.” Winston Churchill 

Local Happenings 
If you’re looking for local apples and other fruit to harvest or have crops or plants to share, join the  Needs and Yields and Out Of Your Tree in Saskatoon Facebook groups.

If you feed the soil, you’ll have healthy plants,” says Dennis [Skoworodko]. “If you have healthy plants, they’ll taste good. If they taste good, they’re probably very nutritious.” (Our Farm)

Food for Thought 
Sarah Galvin, a Swift Current market vendor, shares her take on why summer at the market is great: “Food stories abound at markets as we shop directly from growers and makers. They share their trials and tribulations with us. The weather, the new oven or the long hours working to bring things together create a bond between them and the buyers. Buyers appreciate the efforts made, come rain or come shine, to bring them the best they can.”

A small-scale vegetable farmer shares her thoughts on the impact of climate change on small-scale farms: “I have been selling vegetables for over 10 years, and in that time, extreme variability has become the norm and responsiveness an important skill. I check the weather forecast every day, and try to prepare for it, but how do we prepare in the long-term for the unfolding crisis that climate change poses for the way we grow food?”


I’ve been enjoying the flowers in Victoria, British Columbia. Abkhazi Garden is a miniature gem and Government House has not one but two rose gardens!

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan nature/environmental initiatives and events. 

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Rose-Crowned Land


"From the depths of the green garden-closes
Where the summer in darkness dozes


Till autumn pluck from his hand
An hour-glass that holds not a sand;


From the maze that a flower-belt encloses
To the stones and sea-grass on the strand


How red was the reign of the roses
Over the rose-crowned land!"


The Year of the Rose, Algernon Charles Swinburne


Photos were taken at Government House Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, July 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Flowers and Sunshine - Abkhazi Garden


Abkhazi Garden is small but oh, so lovely! And filled to overflowing with flowers of every shape, size, and colour. What a delight!







Monday, July 29, 2019

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 29, 2019

 

Local Happenings 
Bottles of Sentinel Bottleworks’ cider portray images of Saskatchewan’s endangered species and they’re donating $1/litre sold to Nature Saskatchewan, which works with landowners to protect critical habitat of endangered species. Sentinel Bottleworks raised over $1,000 between June 1 and July 15. You can find their cider on tap at various local restaurants. It’s on sale at Sobeys, Metro, SLGA, and soon at Co-op liquor stores.

Faith Bohn has started a stuffed cookie business that she hopes will provide employment for people like her sons with Down syndrome.

Alberta Flavour is helping large institutions increase their purchases of local food as well as filling some of the gaps between farmer and purchaser.

Quebec is forging its own cheese identity. Here are just a few Quebec cheeses.


Food for Thought 
An apple a day keeps the doctor away by promoting healthy intestinal bacteria. And organic apples are best of all as they harbour a more balanced and diverse bacterial community.

Fairtrade has failed in many ways to live up to its own goals, but will company-run schemes function any better, and will consumers take the time to understand all the different labelling systems? “The more labels there are, the less we know about them – about what they stand for, and about how meaningful they are.” There is a fundamental issue that must be addressed: How do we support the future of agriculture in the face of vanishing agricultural biodiversity, warming climate, and aging and impoverishment of farmers?

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan nature/environmental initiatives and events. 

You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (top right corner).