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. 

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 28, 2017


The Next Great Food Business Public Tasting, Sept. 7
The Local Kitchen is hosting a public tasting with samples from each of the finalists in the Next Great Food Business competition. Finalists are: King’s Jerky, Kind Condiments, Smoke and Salt BBQ, Bannock Express, and Voodoo Van.

Wine Tastings
Guess the most expensive wine (Sept. 8), sample some Rhône wines (Sept. 22), or attend the 2017 Premier Showcase Wine Dinner (Sept. 28) sponsored by Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. Premier Showcase is also offering a Portugal with a Splash of California wine seminar (Sept. 29) and a Women & Whisky seminar (Sept. 30).

Refresh and Renew
I had a chat with Trent Loewen about his plans now that he has sold Earth Bound Bakery. He is heading east to visit chef friends in Ontario and then off to New Zealand to explore what's happening there. After 9 years with a single focus, it's time to explore new ideas. Interestingly enough, the bakery's new owner is a businessman who has set himself the task of learning how to bake. Stay tuned for further developments.

Regina Library Celebrates the Harvest
I was delighted to discover that Regina Public Library is celebrating the fall harvest with a variety of food-related events at all their branches – everything from Syrian sweets to bread made from local wheat, foodie films, and a tasting from Regina’s donut underground. Let’s hope that Saskatoon Public Library follows suit.


All About Oolong Tea
Oolong is my go-to breakfast tea. Oolong means black or dark dragon and was first produced during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). There are many different varieties, based on growing region, processing style, and degree of oxidation. This article – All About Oolong Tea – is a useful guide and very helpful in distinguishing between the many different options.

Category 12 Brewing
Category 12 Brewing is located in Saanich, Vancouver Island.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 21, 2017


Prairie Harvest Café
I was sad to learn that Prairie Harvest Café has closed its doors. It’s been one of my favorite Saskatoon restaurants since day one, and I really appreciated the fact that the chefs focused on cooking with local ingredients, many supplied by the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. All the best of luck in your new adventures. We’ll miss you.

Hug a Farmer
This has been a tough summer for many farmers. Prairie Sun Orchard lost their entire cherry crop to insects. Drop by their stand at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, tell them you care, and have an ice cream. My favorite is the chocolate cherry fudge, but Clare Pearson, the principal ice cream maker, says her new favorite is the salted caramel.


Peppers
If you’re like me, you assume that all small, skinny peppers are super hot and avoid them like the plague. But that’s a big mistake. Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens is offering two long, skinny peppers – one can be hot, but the other isn’t.


Padron chile peppers are popular in tapas bars and restaurants throughout Spain but originated in South America: “The Padron was brought from the New World to Spain in the 18th Century, when Franciscans first attempted cultivating the seeds at their monestary in Herbon, near Padron. Centuries later, Padron's most famous food is its namesake chile.”


Shishito chile peppers are from Japan. They’re mildly spiced and are usually fried and served as finger food. “Originating in Japan the Shishito pepper is believed to have gotten its name from its tip end which to some resembles the head of a lion or in Japanese, shishi.”

The Union, Vancouver
I enjoyed supper with a friend at The Union in Vancouver last week. The restaurant specializes in pan-Asian cuisine. The vegan Niçoise salad included grated smoked tofu – an excellent addition and one I’ll imitate at home.


Community Gardens 
I enjoyed 4 community gardens while in Vancouver. They were ablaze with towering sunflowers, ripe pumpkins, and a whole host of other fruits and vegetables. Saskatoon has over 46 community gardens varying in size and location.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 14, 2017

Grandora Gardens

Whites from Portugal 
James Romanow recommends some white wines from Portugal and points out the difficulties wine distributors such as Doug Reichel face in introducing a wider variety of wines to the Saskatchewan market.

Thank you Doug for recognizing that some of us are wine lovers and appreciate the opportunity to sample a wide variety of wines from around the world.

Neighbourhood Grocery Stores 
A market survey indicates that Saskatoon’s downtown population is too small to support a grocery store. And yet, which comes first – the residents or the store? Less people are likely to live downtown if they’re unable to shop locally. Councillor Darren Hill points out that City Park, North Park, Richmond Heights, and Sutherland also need a grocery store and they should be taken into consideration if the City decides to offer incentives for grocery development in downtown.

Prairie Grid Dinner Series
Eat North is hosting the Prairie Grid Dinner series this fall. A team of Prairie chefs, including Christie Peters of Primal and The Hollows, will work together to produce a 5-course dinner in 4 different prairie cities. They’ll be in Saskatoon on October 3.

Afterschool Program Teaches Kids about Food 
The Food Action Committee of Halifax’s Ecology Action Centre has developed Plants to Plates, a 10-session facilitator’s guide filled with fun and educational activities, recipe ideas, and garden activities for an afterschool program to teach kids about food.


Socially Minded Enterprises 
I’m always pleased to see businesses lending their support to social or environmental causes. Prairie Sun Brewery and 9 Mile Legacy Brewing both develop special beers to support local events or causes, such as Meewasin Valley Authority and Wild About Saskatoon’s NatureCity Festival. The Karma Conscious Café and Eatery donates 3% of their sales to a local charity (currently Bridge City Bicycle Co-op).

Further away from home, Huppybar has become the official energy bar of the Arizona Trail. The bars contain mesquite meal as well as Arizona honey, pecans, and cayenne chiles. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the bar go to protecting and maintaining the 800-mile trail from Utah to Mexico.

Inside a Manhattan subway station is the Bolivian Llama Party, one of the few Bolivian restaurants in New York. They’re working with a local charity to raise money to help single mothers in Bolivia find day care so that they’re able to work.

Karma Cafe and Eatery

Peppers of the Americas 
If you love hot peppers and are intrigued by the wide assortment available from Grandora Gardens, you will want to read Peppers of the Americas by Maricel E. Presilla. The book includes photographs, tasting notes, gardening notes, recipes, and history for 180 different peppers.


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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