Monday, June 10, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 10, 2013

Summer Solstice Supper, June 22 
Weczeria is hosting a local dinner on June 22 with proceeds going to the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. Chef Dan Walker will purchase the ingredients in the morning at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and serve a four-course meal with wine pairings in the evening.

Creekside Orchard
Creekside Orchard is a u-pick apple and cherry orchard near Melfort. Their Café is open from 11-5 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and serves a light lunch (reservations required). They also host dinners with visiting chefs. Chef Jenni will be preparing a dinner on June 15.

La Campagna B & B
I just spent two restful days at La Campagna B & B just outside of Canora. Wonderful Italian cuisine in a tranquil rural setting. I’ll give more details in a future blog post.

Food and Travel
The best holidays combine interesting places with good food. Here are three articles that offer just that:

Five Stops on the California Cheese Trail (including tastings and gourmet meals)

10 of the Best Foodie Walking Tours (Istanbul, London, Hobart, Marseille . . .)

The Global Ale Trail (from Japan to South Africa)

Top Chefs’ Tips on Vegging out Like a Pro 
The greatest vegetable techniques from six of the best North American chefs – and one of the world’s most respected meat authorities (he’s just written a book about cooking vegetables).

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says we should be treating vegetables like animal protein: “We need to be roasting them, grilling them, barbecuing them, maybe shaving them, slicing them very fine, playing with them, boldly using herbs and spices to compliment their flavours.”

Other well-known chefs suggest smoking them (smoked broccoli ‘hot dog’), grilling them (grilled radicchio or romaine lettuce) or burning them (endives).

10 Great Vegetarian Recipes 
These are not your traditional vegetarian recipes. Instead, you’ll find Pock-Marked Old Woman’s Tofu, Sally Butcher’s Swooning Imam, Beetroot Bourguignon and Veggie Scotch Eggs.

Vegan Comfort Food
New York Times recommends this recipe for vegan macaroni cheese – it comes complete with chipotle chile and roasted brussel sprouts.

21 Global Initiatives to Reduce Food Waste
From deliberately cooking with “ugly” vegetables to running food donation programs or converting leftovers into compost, there are so many ways to reduce food waste.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post regular profiles of culinary entrepreneurs, new restaurants and new food products.

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