Monday, February 11, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, February 11, 2013

Vegan Cupcakes 
I spent a morning chatting with the staff at Earth Bound Bakery last week. I’ll post a full account of my visit shortly, but in the meantime you should know that all the baking is vegan.

Laura B. makes wheat-free apple pie muffins every day and Thursdays is mini cupcake day. The flavours change, but last week they were agave lime with coconut buttercream frosting (made with chilled coconut milk) – yum! There are Cowboy Cookies on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Cake Witch Café, Rosthern 
Cake Witch Café in Rosthern is opening at noon on February 14.

Hummus & Pepsi
Did you know that hummus is one of Pepsico’s fastest-growing products? They distribute the Sabra brand to North America and will soon be distributing it world-wide. To secure a steady supply of chickpeas, Pepsico is helping 10,000 Ethiopian farmers to double their chickpea production. The project also hopes to address the local problem of malnutrition by supplying ready-to-consume supplementary food to malnourished children.

Health is Better than Bacon 
A large study in the United Kingdom showed that vegetarians have a 32% reduced risk of heart disease and 28% less cases of diabetes. The researchers believe that lower blood pressure and cholesterol account for the difference and point out that diet is important in protecting against heart disease.

Local Produce at Walmart
Walmart claims that 11% of its produce is now local, but the benefit to small farmers is extremely limited as they can’t meet the price, quantity and consistency required by Walmart. But do we want to turn small farms into large, streamlined operations???

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