Monday, October 16, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 16, 2017



Napa Valley Wine Tasting, Oct. 21
Ingredients Artisan Market is hosting a tasting of 4 wines from Copper Cane Vineyard in Napa Valley starting at 2 pm, Oct. 21.

Portuguese & Spanish Wine Tasting, Oct. 21
Sample wines from Medeiros and Ego Bodegas wineries at Sobey’s Liquor, Stonebridge, from 12-1 pm, Oct. 21.

Powered by Love, Oct. 24-26
Grandmothers to Grandmothers are hosting book launches in Saskatoon (Oct. 24), Swift Current (Oct. 25), and Regina (Oct. 26) for Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa.

Fall Beer Dinner, Oct. 25
Enjoy a four-course meal paired with beers from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing at the Cathedral Social Hall on Oct. 25.

Güd Eats
Güd Eats, showcasing crave-worthy plant-based eats, is opening a storefront restaurant at 2917 Early Drive (formerly Prairie Harvest Cafe) at the end of October. They will still run their food truck with a limited menu next summer.


Fabulous Faba
Higher in protein than peas and lentils, faba beans are grown in Saskatchewan and, like all legumes, enrich the soil. Faba beans were “a staple food of the Romans. It’s quite possible they conquered the Mediterranean and beyond because they had more protein,” says Bert Vandenberg, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Genetic Improvement of Lentils at the U of S.

Hospital Food
Check out these articles about hospital food and nutrition in the latest issue of Nourish Health Care’s newsletter.

Upcoming Food Trends
From purple cauliflowers and carrots to sour beer and gooey vegetarian sandwiches, here are 12 upcoming food trends according to Food 52.

Underground Chinese Food
If you want authentic Chinese food, check out the sichu, underground Chinese restaurants in Vancouver.

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 environmental initiatives and events.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, October 10, 2017


World Food Day, Oct. 16 
The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation is hosting a World Food Day event from 6:30-9 pm, Oct. 16, at Station 20 West. Nettie Wiebe will talk about switching the menu from land-grabbing, migration, and food insecurity to food sovereignty.

A similar event is being held in Regina on Oct. 15.

Eating While Travelling Alone, Oct. 19 
Food writer and solo traveller, Noelle Chorney, will talk about her experiences combining her two greatest passions – great food and travelling – at 2 pm, Oct. 19, at the Mayfair Library.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser, Oct. 21 
Support CHEP Good Food at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Oct. 21. There’ll be great food donated by local producers and you can take your handmade pottery bowl home with you.

Menu for Change 
Join Slow Food International in raising your fork against climate change. Take the Eat Local Challenge and support Meatless Monday from Oct. 16-Nov. 5.

Rozendal Vinegar
Rozendal Vinegar is good enough to drink – and it’s now available online from Doug Reichel Wine Marketing with free shipping in October.

From Consumers to Food Citizens 
“Sat around the table, breaking bread with our neighbours in traditional fashion, we ask the questions that are the business of the citizen. Does everyone have enough to eat? Are we producing healthy food? Are we caring for the soil and our wildlife, and are we rewarding our farmers, processors and cooks fairly? Are we bringing up the next generation with the skills and awareness they will need to feed themselves properly? We consider what sort of food system we want to see in our town, and ask ourselves how we might help that to happen.”

History through Squash
The history of squash is the history of culinary culture – from 13th century monastery gardens to 1980s patty pan and millennium butternut and turban.


Okanagan’s Natural Wines
Natural wines are on a roll in the Okanagan with wines fermented in concrete amphora from Haywire, Cedar Creek, Laughing Stock, and others to biodynamic wine from Summerhill and wild fermented/unfiltered wine from Tantalus. I can vouch for Haywire’s natural wine – it’s fantastic.

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 environmental initiatives and events. 

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Montpellier Street Scenes


I spent one-and-a-half jetlagged days in Montpellier, France, and loved every minute of it. I had a tiny apartment on the roof - it was so much fun having a terrace with a view.


Montpellier has a huge pedestrianized city centre. Cyclists and motorbikes zigzag through as well, but it's definitely a place where pedestrians are the priority. And there were crowds and crowds of them.


There are all sorts of narrow, winding alleyways. . .



. . . and interesting stores - I never did find my way back to the ones I'd hoped to visit. But I did find the huge bookstore!



Montpellier is known for its street art. Here are just a few examples.




Monday, September 25, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 25, 2017


Food Film Night, Sept. 29
CHEP Good Food Inc. and the Saskatoon Food Council are hosting a free screening of episode 1 of Cooked based on Michael Pollan’s book of the same title at 7 pm, Sept. 29. There will be free snacks and refreshments from the Boxcar Café.

German Harvest Fest, Oct. 7 
Be sure to attend the German Harvest Festival (Erntedankfest) at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Oct. 7. The event is organized by KulturGarten Saskatoon.

“In Germany, Erntedankfest is strongly entrenched in the culture. The Erntedanktag is an official holiday, in most areas celebrated on the first Sunday in October, which is usually also the first Sunday following Michaelistag or Michaelmas on September 29th. Erntedankfest is not a big day of family get-togethers and feasting, rather a religious and communal celebration, giving gratitude for the harvest.”

Battle of Canada Wine Tasting, Oct. 12 
Jerome Chomos will help participants to enjoy the unique qualities of wine from Ontario and BC at the Battle of Canada Wine Tasting, Oct. 12, at The Local Kitchen.

Sad News
Michelle Zimmer of Wild Serendipity Foods is leaving the Saskatoon Farmers' Market - Saturday, October 7, will be her last market. She will be continuing to make most of her products, so be sure to like her Facebook page so you know what is available. Email Michelle at info@wildserendipity.com if there is something in particular you want to order or you want to order a large quantity.

I’m Enjoying 
GT’s Synergy Kombucha has lots of real fruit flavour and isn’t too sweet. I’ve tried Mystic Mango and Guava Goddess and they’re both excellent (available at Dad’s Organic Market).

Calgary-based Basic Roots makes a cashew cream cheeze style spread that is both raw and vegan. I tried the Herbs de Provence and highly recommend it (freezer section at Dad’s Organic Market).

Being Jewish and Vegan on Rosh Hashanah 
Food and culture are an important part of Jewish holidays. How do vegans hold on to the tradition while adapting it to their vegan principles? “if there’s anything I stand by, it’s that culture cannot be left static. It’s fluid and transitive and begs modification. And with today's global environmental situation, changing the way we eat proves increasingly important.”

Repurposing Food Waste
Companies are discovering innovative ways to re-purpose food waste. Spent grains from making beer become granola bars, while waste bread is turned into beer. Spent coffee grounds are the foundation for DIY mushroom-growing kits. Fruit and vegetable pulp from a juicer is used to make furakake, a Japanese seasoning.


Heading Out 
I’m leaving for Europe at the end of the month and will still be en route to my first housesit on Monday, Oct. 2. The next Flavourful Saskatoon will be published on October 9.

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 environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 18, 2017


Seabuckthorn Days, Sept. 23 & 24 
Celebrate local berries with a tropical taste during Seabuckthorn Days, Sept. 23 & 24, at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Seminars are by donation and include Dr. Soolanayakanahally speaking about the emerging opportunities and benefits of seabuckthorn. There will be a gourmet lunch with every dish including seabuckthorn on Sept. 24.

From the Kitchen to the Bookstore, Sept. 24 
Renée Kohlman and Karlynn Johnson will discuss the food blog to cookbook process at 12:15 pm, Sept. 24, as part of Word on the Street.

Global Adventures in Home Cooking, Sept. 24 
Jan Wong will talk to dee Hobsbawn-Smith about her book Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy and China at 2:45 pm, Sept. 24, at Word on the Street.

Goat Milk
There's a new vendor at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market - Hal Jadeske of Richard, SK, with fresh goat milk.

Food for Thought 
How do you finance a dream? Here’s how The Local Kitchen achieved their goal – and it wasn’t easy.

Food is never just about what we put in our mouths – it’s a way of making sense of the world: in praise of Ruth Reichl

A free grocery store in Wellington, New Zealand, is cutting food waste and hunger

Kids share what they learned in a summer food education program


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 environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 11, 2017


Pumpkin Festival, September 
Black Fox Farm & Distillery is holding a pumpkin festival on the last three weekends in September: Sept. 16 & 17, Sept. 23 & 24, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1.

Fundraiser Pies
Finance your next fundraiser with frozen, unbaked apple and appletoon pies from Petrofka Orchard.

Parkerview Brews Kombucha 
Parkerview Brews is selling their kombucha at Street Stall Saturdays from now until the end of September. It can also be purchased at The Local Kitchen.

School Lunches 
A local survey of parent-made school lunches indicated that the food kids brought from home was less healthy than the food in school meal programs. Rachel Engler-Stringer is “calling for universal school meal programs for all students. She suggested that finicky children who turn up their noses at healthy foods like fresh fruit and vegetables might very well change their habits when they see their classmates enjoying nutritious meals.”


Food for Thought
Not enough people for a downtown grocery store? What about a foodmobile?
What can you learn from reading a wine label?
See what happens when food, fashion, and art collide.
Avocado toast – just the latest hip food, along with celery, pineapples, spaghetti, and cheese fondue.
A magical book about apples, a comic book, and a memoir.

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 environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 4, 2017


Bountiful Harvest 
I shopped at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturday and was blown away by the huge amounts and astounding variety of local produce. What a rich harvest of fresh vegetables! I appreciate it so much more when I’m buying direct from the farmer rather than picking up neatly packaged parcels at the supermarket.

By the way, a young woman is selling samosas stuffed with lentils, potatoes, and parsley, and they’re delicious.


A Week in the Life of a Market Vendor 
Sarah Galvin sells bread and baked goods at the Swift Current and Moose Jaw markets. She’s hard at work every day of the week, not just market day. She recorded a week’s worth of activities on her Facebook page – Foodcraft by Sarah.

Jennifer and Adi from Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens recorded that it took them 16 hours and 20 minutes to pick four 100-foot rows of padron peppers. And that’s just one of their crops.

Waste Not, Want Not 
Here are 10 ways to reduce your food waste footprint – from shopping smart to organizing your refrigerator to composting.


Food Tank Fall Reading List
There’s lots of interesting reading on Food Tank’s fall reading list, including Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice, and What She Ate: 6 Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells their Stories.

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 environmental initiatives and events. 

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