Monday, July 16, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 16, 2018


Seeing Orange with Chef Jenni, July 22
Chef Jenni will be dishing up a menu featuring seabuckthorn from 10 am-3 pm, July 22, at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Pick Your Own Haskap Berries 
Call Sandra at (306) 749-7040 or (306)749-7782 if you want to pick haskap berries at Northern Lights Orchard, Birch Hills.

Pike Lake Farmers’ Market
Saskatoon Farmers’ Market vendors are at Pike Lake every Thursday from 10 am-2 pm.

Congratulations sweetsugarbean! 
Congratulations Renée Kohlman for being nominated for a Taste Canada Culinary Writing Award for All the Sweet Things.


From Cornwall to Mexico 
When Cornwall’s tin mines fell into decline, many of the miners headed to the silver mines in Real del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico. They brought with them their tools and expertise but also the Cornish pasty.

“The pasty was popular with miners because it made a supremely practical packed lunch. The golden pastry was tough as a miner’s hands and prevented the precious filling from spilling out. The “crimp”, the folded edge that resembles a thick braid of hair, was designed so it could be held by dirty hands then thrown away after the main part of the pasty had been eaten. . . . It’s the filling that sets the Mexican paste apart from the Cornish pasty. A traditional Cornish filling is made from beef skirt, onion, turnip and diced potatoes. Mexican favourites include pineapple, tinga (shredded meat marinated with tomatoes and chipotle chillies) and mole (a green or red chilli and chocolate sauce).” 

Photos: City Park Community Garden

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, July 9, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 9, 2018


9 Mile Legacy, July 10 
Paul Seesequasis will be discussing an Indigenous archival photo project at 7:30 pm, July 10, at 9 Mile Legacy Tap Room.

Market News 
There are two new vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market – both Newcomers to Saskatoon sharing a taste of their homelands.



Good news for those of you who like to sleep in on Saturdays – the Market is now open until 3 pm.

Mexihco by La Bamba 
La Bamba has opened a sister restaurant, Mexihco, at 129 2nd Avenue North.

Wedding Bells 
If you’re looking for wedding favours with fabulous locally-made flavour, consider French macarons from Wild Serendipity Foods (salted caramel, strawberry shortcake, london fog, saskatoon berry, or elderflower lemon) or handmade marshmallows (layered raspberry and champagne with edible gold and toasted coconut) from Foodcraft by Sarah. Sarah lives in Swift Current but says the marshmallows are easy to ship.

Roast Cauliflower Leaves 
Who knew! Don’t throw those cauliflower leaves away – roast them and eat them!

Traditional Food 
A greenhouse and farmers’ market is enabling immigrant-grown food to be grown and sold locally in a Seattle suburb. The project addresses concerns about food insecurity and provides Newcomers with many of the foods they enjoyed in their home countries, such as spider plants and cow peas (black-eyed peas).

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, July 2, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 2, 2018


Our Farm
I shopped at Our Farm’s organic vegetable stand on Broadway on Saturday. As you can see from the photographs, they sell a wide range of beautiful vegetables and herbs. I was pleasantly surprised to learn they also make and sell soap and hand cream.

Frisk Market
Frisk Market, an all-vegan grocery store, is now open at 2209 Avenue C North.


Jenn Sharp – Flat Out Food
Jenn Sharp is hitting the road with photographer Richard Marjan to discover the best food Saskatchewan has to offer. She’ll be publishing a book telling the story of Saskatchewan’s food artisans in the spring of 2020 with Touchwood Editions. You can follow her travel adventures at Flat Out Food.

Wild Serendipity Foods, July 14
Wild Serendipity Foods will be back at the market July 14 with authentic French macarons and scones. She hopes to be back weekly after that date.

Stirring the Pot for Social Change
Immigrant and Indigenous cookbooks demonstrate that cooking can be an act of resistance as we engage with the communities around us.


Competitive Pricing
A Silicon Valley start-up wants to “democratize the agriculture industry by providing a digital platform where farmers can buy and sell products, compare prices among other subscribers and even analyze seed and agronomic data.” Nutrien plans to launch a competing program in July.

The Humble Cabbage
An article about the history of cabbage accompanies a series of photographs of workers harvesting cabbage by hand in California.

French Culinary Wars
You might think this was an April Fool’s Day joke – but it’s not. French butchers are “asking for police protection against violence from vegan ‘fanatics’ who have mounted a guerilla campaign of intimidation against them. The butchers, who represent 18,000 businesses, call veganism an ‘ideology’ based on ‘disinformation’ and ‘intimidation’, and condemn the ‘terrorism’ carried out by people who ‘want to impose their lifestyle on the majority of the people.”

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, June 25, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 25, 2018


Botte Chai Bar 
I enjoyed a cold drink on an outdoor patio at Botte Chai Bar this week. They have various Persian desserts and 4 kinds of baklava – I recommend the small Persian rolls stuffed with pistachio. I plan to go back and try something from their lunch menu.

Our Farm
Our Farm will be back at Broadway & 8th (St. Joseph Church parking lot) on Saturday, June 30, and every Saturday in July, August, and September from 8 am to noon. Be sure to stop by for some of their lovely locally grown organic vegetables.

Organic Cherries 
Little Quail Ridge Orchards had a limited supply of organic cherries at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturday and you had to ask for them. They expect to have a more plentiful organic supply in two weeks’ time.

Vegan Cheeses
Gud Eats is stocking a wide range of vegan cheese, including Miyoko’s, which I got hooked on when I was in Victoria last summer.


Traditional Plant Uses, July 7
Sandra Walker will be offering a workshop on traditional plant uses in Saskatchewan from 1-3 pm, July 7, at the Garden Patch.

Fermentation, July 9
Find out how to ferment garden vegetables and make healthy soda from 7-9:30 pm, July 9, during Hort Week at the University of Saskatchewan.

Zucchini Recipes
I’m planning to try out at least one of these zucchini recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi.

The Disappearing Kitchen 
Kitchens are getting smaller and a research report suggests that by 2030 “most meals currently cooked at home are instead ordered online and delivered from either restaurants or central kitchens”. Would this free us from “kitchen slavery” or be the end of healthy meals?

Gardening Therapy
11 doctor’s offices in London have turned unused spaces into gardens and are inviting patients who are lonely or socially isolated, have long-term conditions, and/or mental health problems to grow fruit and vegetables.

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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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Armchair Detectives Circle the Globe

I seem to have been on a binge of reading mysteries that take place in foreign countries. If you enjoy mysteries and travel adventures, you may enjoy the following books.


Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions 
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano is a Felliniesque account of Auntie Poldi’s adventures when she retires to Sicily to drink herself to death. Auntie Poldi is larger than life (morning salutations in the nude on her roof-top patio, vodka for breakfast, photograph albums of traffic police – ah! men in uniform!) and so are her relatives and neighbours – the sad lady who owns the gelateria, the handsome police detective banished to Sicily for his misdeeds in Milan, the impoverished nobleman who quotes German poetry non-stop, and the businessman who may well be a member of the Mafia. I’ll be reading more of Giordano’s books.


Death in Sunset Grove 
If I’m even half as feisty when I’m 80 as these three old ladies in a Finnish retirement home, I’ll be very, very happy. The plot is absurd (evil retirement home managers, motorbike gangs, tram rides and funerals), but the characters in Death in Sunset Grove by Minna Lindgren will have you marching out the door ready to tackle the neighbourhood bullies.


Dogstar Rising 
Dogstar Rising by Parker Bilal brings modern-day Cairo to life – the poverty, the corruption, the miserable housing conditions. It’s also a tale of immigrants and the choices they make to survive in a foreign land. I’m not sure I’ll continue reading this series, but I did enjoy the insight it gave me into life in Cairo.


Murder on Brittany Shores 
Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec is a police procedural with a solid plot line. The detective is an outsider (from Paris) so you get an outsider’s perspective on Brittany from a German author who spends half the year in Brittany. The sea and Breton pride are front and centre. I plan to read more in this series.


A Very Pukka Murder 
A Very Pukka Murder by Arjun Raj Gaind is set in India in 1909. The hero, Sikander, Prince of Rajpore, with his attention to fashion, good wine, and manners reminds me of Lord Peter Wimsey, but his frustration with British colonials in India turns that model on its head. The plot is convoluted with many possible suspects who Sikander gathers around his dining room table at the close of the book when all is revealed. Well worth reading. I’ll be looking for more in this series.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 18, 2018


Hearth Restaurant 
Hearth Restaurant is now open on Melrose Avenue just off Ruth Street. I interviewed the owners, Beth Rogers and Thayne Robstad, a few years ago.

Rosco’s Roti, June 23 
Rosco’s Roti is bringing Caribbean roti to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on June 23.

Haskap Days, July 5 & 6 
The University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program is offering a haskap school on July 5 and a field tour on July 6 for farmers and advanced gardeners.

Eating Dinner with Canada’s Migrant Workers
An interesting article about the daily lives of Canada’s migrant farm workers: “In 2017, about 43 percent of Canada’s 112,000 paid farmland workers were migrants. For the people we import to work our fields, food not only provides a livelihood but is also essential for maintaining their mental health, for surviving in isolation from their homes and families.”


On the Bookshelf 
I’ve just finished reading Godforsaken Wines: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine by Jason Wilson. It’s an interesting mix of travelogue, encounters with small-scale winery owners, and tastings of wines I’d never heard of before. It’s worth reading if you’re intrigued by the history and culture of European wine-growing.

I’m planning to read The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young after reading a review, which states, “Rosamund reveals that cows have visual memories which they can associate with unpleasant experiences, and are acutely sensitive to vibrations, sounds, sights and smells. The book includes a list of 20 things you should know about cows, including that they babysit for each other, invent games, take umbrage, nurse grudges and can love music.”

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, June 11, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 11, 2018


Market News: BC Cherries & Goat Cheese 
Little Quail Ridge Orchards will be back at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on June 16 with cherries!! I’m also looking forward to trying the goat cheese from Hal Jadeske.

Edible & Medicinal Plants in your Garden, June 27
LichenNature will be offering a workshop on edible and medicinal plants in your garden from 6-8 pm, June 27, at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre's Garden Patch.

Mission Hill Going Organic
Mission Hill Winery is transitioning all its vineyards, a tenth of the Okanagan’s grape-producing land, to organic. The viticulture manager recognizes that this will take a shift in philosophy: “You can farm organically with a conventional mindset,” he says. “You can spray just as much using organic chemicals, but the way we are looking at it is not just about farming conventionally using organic products, it is about getting the land working healthily for us.” 

Bridging the Summer Gap for Hungry Kids
Summer can be hard for kids who rely on school food programs. 198 libraries in California will be offering a Lunch at the Library program this year to help bridge the summer gap. Other states are following their lead.

Eat More Weeds 
Dandelions, for instance, are a rich source of potassium and a good source of other minerals and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. Your average lettuce leaf can’t compete with that.”

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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