Monday, November 19, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, November 19, 2012

Wild Cuisine Catering, Nov. 20
 Wild Cuisine Catering opens for breakfast and lunch at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on November 20. The menu is fairly meaty with a boar sausage sandwich and a maple bourbon barbecue burger, but there are also soups and pizzas that will include some vegetarian options. Be sure to support this new, local business.

Wine Tasting, Nov. 30 
Souleio’s wine tasting on November 30 features three wines: Kuyen, a biodynamic wine from Chile; Mitolo Jester Vermentino from Australia; and Terra d'Orro Zinfandel Port from California. The musical accompaniment will be from Percussion Syndicate.

Mediterranean Breeze

Be sure to visit Mediterranean Breeze, one of the newest vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. I’m particularly enjoying their spinach rolls, but they have a variety of other options as well, including a Persian Salad.

Paddockwood’s Sour Red 

I had supper at The Woods Alehouse last week. I tried Sour Red, one of Paddock Wood’s newest beers, and really enjoyed the fruity flavour, similar to a lambic beer, with a dark coffee undernote. I’m looking forward to trying their Winter Ale. The hummus plate is beautifully laid out.

Mexican Flavour
I picked up a container of Tajin at Las Palapas Mercado yesterday. It’s a fruity Mexican seasoning made of chile peppers, salt and dehydrated lime juice. I sprinkled it on cubes of sweet potato that I’d coated with oil and then roasted them for a quick side dish – very tasty. (Thanks for the tip, Shelley!)

Festive Vegetarian 
People always seem to be at a loss as to what to make for a festive vegetarian meal. I love the looks of these vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes from Herbivoracious – Saffron Chickpea Stew with Grilled Porcini Mushroom, Crisp Polenta Cakes with Braised Cabbage and Beans, Summer Squash and Portobello Mushroom Lasagna, Delicata Squash Stuffed with Orzo in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Persimmon Carpaccio with Fennel Salad, Baby Turnip Salad Tip-To-Tail Style, and more!

Our Global Kitchen

I wish I could go see the Our Global Kitchen exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. It covers the full spectrum from growing food to cooking it, as described in this Ecocentric blog post. There are some excellent online resources for teachers and parents, but the link seems to work better on some browsers than others (I got it to work on Google Chrome).

Coconut Water – All It’s Cracked Up To Be? 
Coconut water – you can buy it everywhere at the moment. It contains natural sugars and some important vitamins and minerals, but it may not be a “wonder tonic.”

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