Saturday, May 4, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 6, 2013

Soup & Brownies at City Perks
If you’re lucky, you can pick up a one-litre container of soup at City Perks. The Shitake Mushroom Chowder is crammed full of mushroom slices and chunks of potato and carrot – absolutely delicious.

I also picked up a container of Tomato Zucchini Soup, and Coralee Abbott told me to serve it with a little feta cheese crumbled on top.

P.S. You don’t have to be following a gluten-free diet to enjoy City Perks’ gluten-free brownies. They’re amazing! And Coralee has promised to contact me when there’s a batch with sour cherries and goat cheese.

Naked Leaf Tea
City Perks is now serving loose leaf teas from Naked Leaf, a Calgary company sourcing small farm, organic teas. Naked Leaf has a large variety of teas, and you can order online. They also have a Tea of the Month Club, and you can customize your tins with labels designed by Calgary artists.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market has extended its operations to the outdoor Market Square.

Goodlife Greenhouses has returned, and I stocked up on packages of dehydrated tomatoes for next winter. The dehydrated slices are really sweet as they’re from fully ripe tomatoes, and they crumble easily, so you can add them to everything from omelettes to stews.

Mediterranean Breeze is back with their savoury Persian pastries, hummus and date-filled cookies.

Prairie Pie Wagon is now selling slices of quiche and savoury turnovers (bean or beef).

And be sure to pick up some Seabuckthorn Syrup from Northern Vigor Berries. I love the combination of tart, fruity and sweet.

Prairie Fruit
With warmer weather, it’s time to start planning menus centred around all our wonderful prairie fruits. The Prairie Fruit Cookbook: The Essential Guide for Picking, Preparing and Preserving Fruit is an amazing resource.

It covers everything from picking and storing the fruit to canning and drying it. And there are lots of recipes – cherry martini; rhubarb barbecue sauce; sage, caramelized onion and plum pizza; pear smoothie; raspberry mint jam. Yum!

School Meals
I was horrified to hear about a Saskatchewan school that serves koolaid and fruit loops for breakfast. They say it’s what the kids want, but it sure isn’t healthy, so I was pleased to read a couple of articles about healthy school lunches in the United States.

Revolution Foods is striving to deliver healthy, locally-produced food, using children to design and test the meals. The meals don’t contain high-fructose corn syrup or transfats, and they are free of hormones and antibiotics and often organic. It took over 1,000 attempts to develop a child-approved baked chicken wing as they don’t want to serve deep-fat fried foods.

A school in Queen’s, New York, has gone one step further, becoming the first traditional public school in the country to serve all vegetarian, all the time. For kids who object to the hot meal option, there are cheese or PB + J sandwiches.

Prairie Icons – Chinese Restaurants
Head out across the Prairies and you’ll find a Chinese restaurant in almost every small town. Some have been there for almost 100 years, started by Chinese immigrants, many of whom had worked on the railroads.

Chop Suey on the Prairies, a new exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, tells their story.

Pedal-Powered Ice Cream
There’s a reward for your effort at a pedal-powered ice cream store in downtown Los Angeles. Just hop on the bicycle in front of the store and churn your own batch.

Coffee Shops
Here’s a list of the best coffee shops in Canada – none in Saskatoon unfortunately, but four from Edmonton.

Photos: Market, Tarragona, Spain

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