Monday, December 18, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, December 18, 2017


Chef Jenni Launches Season, Dec. 23
Exciting news! If you love Chef Jenni’s cooking, you’re sure to want a copy of Season, a collection of stories and recipes featuring local ingredients. She’s launching her book at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 11 am-2 pm, Dec. 23. And, if you haven’t yet bought a copy of Renée Kohlman’s All the Sweet Things, here’s your chance.

Scotch from the Islands, Jan. 12 
Taste a sampling of Scotch from the Islands around Scotland on Jan. 12 at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Latte Art Throwdown, Jan. 20 
Venn Coffee Roasters is holding a Latte Art Throwdown on Jan. 20. Email bear@drinkvenn.com to register or to watch.

Cooking Classes 
Cooking classes for January and February are now listed on the Simon’s Fine Foods’ website. There’s everything from Pulses, including chickpea pancakes and chocolate lentil brownies, to Young Chefs, Afternoon Tea, and Sushi.

Is Your Snack Bar Really Healthy?
Raising the Bar: Choosing Healthy Snack Bars versus Gimmicky Junk Food “exposes misleading marketing practices by food industry giants that market candy-like snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. The report further exposes leading natural/organic brands for including cheap, conventional ingredients instead of creating nutritive products that qualify for the USDA organic label.” A scorecard shows how quality varies widely.

A Winter’s Dose of Vitamin D 
Supplements aren’t the only way to get Vitamin D in the winter. Mushrooms have a significant amount of Vitamin D, especially if they’re sun-dried.


Happy Christmas 
I hope that all of you have a peaceful, happy holiday season with your family. Flavourful Saskatoon will be back on January 1, 2018.

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, December 11, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, December 11, 2017

I've been eating some very fresh eggs this week!

Botté Chai Bar 
Parviz Yazdani plans to open Botté Chai Bar, a Persian tea house and eatery, to share the culture and food of his country of birth.

Hearth Restaurant 
Beth Rogers and Thayne Robstad grew up in Saskatoon. After travelling and finessing their culinary skills, they moved back to Saskatoon and opened Caboose Catering in 2015. They have now purchased the former Crazy Cactus restaurant on Melrose Avenue and hope to open the Hearth Restaurant in Spring 2018.

Cooking with Chef Jenni, Jan. 10 & 25 
Learn to make homemade perogies with Chef Jenni at The Local Kitchen on Jan. 10. Or you can join Chef Jenni on Jan. 25 and learn to make some new vegetarian dishes.

Karma Catering 
Karma Conscious Café and Eatery has a catering menu with sandwiches, soups, salads, main courses, desserts, and drinks.

Kernza 
Tall Grass Prairie Bakery in downtown Winnipeg is selling sourdough bread made with Kernza, a perennial grain. It isn’t ideal for bread as it doesn’t have enough gluten, but as a perennial grain, it’s a huge boost to environmentally sustainable agriculture.

National Food Sustainability Rankings 
France ranks first in the 2017 Food Sustainability Index, which evaluates food sustainability issues in 34 countries across three pillars—food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges. Canada ranks at #11 for overall ratings and #5 for food loss and waste.

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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Friday, December 8, 2017

Bristol's Waterways and the SS Great Britain


Bristol, in southwest England, has been a major British trading port for centuries and the leading slaving port in the mid-1800s. Nowadays it’s home to Banksy, a thriving alternative/creative economy (the Bristol pound), and a strong streak of independence.


With less than 24 hours in Bristol, I chose to focus on the docklands and wended my way to the dockyard where the SS Great Britain launched in 1843.


Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the SS Great Britain was the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven ship to cross the Atlantic. The ship travelled over 1 million miles to New York and later Australia before being abandoned in the Falkland Islands.

Now completely restored, the SS Great Britain can be viewed from below the waterline to observe how it was constructed.


A walk through the ship is eerily realistic – the cow on deck moos, you can hear people coughing and smell sweat in steerage. There’s a bloody basin of water beside the woman who has just given birth and the smell of medicine in quarantine. History brought back to life.


I took the harbour ferry from the museum back to downtown Bristol. The juxtaposition of centuries-old warehouses and modern condominiums is mesmerizing.


I truly believe I'm destined to live in The Cheese Warehouse).


There are houseboats and restaurant boats, old bridges, and wonderful new pedestrian ones that curve their way across the water.




Brunel was appointed chief engineer for the Great Western Railway when he was only 27. Bristol Temple Meads train station, several viaducts, and a major tunnel that he designed are still in use today.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, December 4, 2017


Christmas Evening Market, Dec. 14 
Enjoy drinks and treats at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market Christmas Evening Market from 4-8 pm, Dec. 14.

Christmas Stollen
The Night Oven Bakery has Christmas Stollen. Raisins, almonds, and candied citrus are soaked in rum and mixed into a rich sourdough, which is then wrapped around house-made marzipan. After being baked, it’s soaked in rum butter and dusted with icing sugar. Place an order for pickups on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from now until Christmas.

Books 
From War Zones to Comfort Food 
The Guardian newspaper has published their list of the best food books of 2017. It’s an interesting collection: from a comfort food diary to women’s stories and recipes from Syria.

Hunger, Migrant Workers, and Roundup 
Civil Eats provides a much more sober list of recommended books covering farming, migrant workers, hunger, foraging, antibiotics and herbicides.

School Kids and Fast Food
Communities in Great Britain have started banning fast food outlets close to schools. What do you think? Would you support a similar policy in Canada?

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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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mulled Wine and Fog in Arras


It was a foggy, foggy day in northern France, but that didn’t stop crowds of us from heading to the Christmas market in Arras.


The large squares in the centre of Arras are unbelievably beautiful. Arras was part of the Spanish Netherlands for many years, which helps to explain the Flemish-Baroque architecture of the 155 townhouses surrounding the two squares.


Originally made of wood, they were reconstructed in brick after extensive damage during World War I when Arras was only 10 kilometres from the front.


The Marché de Noël occupied one of the squares and was jam-packed with people. There were young soldiers cradling machine guns on the perimeter and we went through a security check before entering the square, but people didn’t let that bother them.


This was the biggest Christmas market that I’d been to and there were way more booths and way more food, much of it with a regional focus – sandwiches from Alsace, mulled wine with prunes from Anjou, and even maple syrup from Canada.


There were also a variety of craft booths – lots of Petrushka dolls, Christmas toques, and nativity scenes.



The cabins had elaborate displays on their roofs.


There was an assortment of rides and a skating rink in the centre of the square.



I headed straight for the mulled wine – it was a very cool, damp day! But I refused to try the Pipi de Renne (reindeer) or the Pipi de Vieille Fille (old maid)! There were churros, waffles, sauerkraut, hot dogs, rissoles, and so much more to munch on.



Christmas markets are such a fun, festive time for families and young people. It’s a shame we don’t have them in Canada.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Art Deco Lens


I’ve moved and am now housesitting just outside of Lens in northeastern France.



The city was occupied by the Germans during World War I. With 90% of its buildings destroyed, it undertook a massive reconstruction during the 1920s.



The cause is tragic, but the result is magical as the downtown centre is filled with lovely art deco buildings with touches of romantic seaside architecture.



There is brightly-coloured stucco, mosaics, two-story bow windows, fancy brickwork, and roofs à pas de moineaux [sparrow steps], which go up step by tiny step.



One of my favorites is labelled Ville de Limoges and has the most wonderful strips of floral mosaic.



The train station is designed in the shape of a locomotive with murals inside honouring the region’s coal miners.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, November 27, 2017


Urban Agriculture Open House, Dec. 7 
Saskatoon Food Council, Chain Reaction Urban Farm, Bridge City Chickens, U of S Rooftop Gardening, Saskatoon Seed Library, SFBLC Garden Patch, CHEP Good Food, Ecobain Gardens, and Our Farm are hosting an open house at Station 20 West from 5-7 pm, Dec. 7.

Güd Eats 
Güd Eats opens Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at noon at 2917 Early Drive.

Winter Veggies
Locally grown fruits and vegetables can provide maximum nutrition even in the winter. Check out the benefits of apples, pears, beets, cabbage, parsnips, and turnips.

Brit Sandwiches 
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a food snob, but I am so looking forward to buying ready-made sandwiches in Great Britain in two weeks’ time. I long for Prêt à Manger’s vegan Christmas special, and Marks & Spencer’s makes some pretty good sandwiches too. A long article about the history and the making of the British sandwich may help explain my obsession:

“The rise of the British chilled sandwich over the last 40 years has been a deliberate, astonishing and almost insanely labour-intensive achievement. The careers of men and women like Roger Whiteside have taken the form of a million incremental steps: of searching for less soggy tomatoes and ways to crispify bacon; of profound investigations into the molecular structure of bread and the compressional properties of salad. . . . British sandwich-makers are sought-after across Europe, and invited to places like Russia and the Middle East to advise on everything from packaging and production lines to mouth feel and cress.”

Prêt à Manger’s veggie Christmas special

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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