Monday, September 16, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 16, 2013


Thank Ewes Festival, Sept. 21 
If you’ve never tried The Cheesiry’s cheese, this is your chance – it’s great! Head over to the Cheesiry (Highway 16 between Kitscotty and Lloydminster, south ¼ mile on Range Road 24 to the farm with three silos on September 21 for two different events.

They’re hosting a family festival in the afternoon with lots of fun family activities, including riding a sheep, craft, milking and tours. In the evening, there will be a four-course meal and wine pairing.

Chilean Winemaker & Riedel Glass Seminar, Sept. 26
 Join Doug Reichel and Alvaro Paredes, Winemaker for Torreon de Paredes at 6 pm, September 26 for a winetasting and demonstration of the Riedel glassware. The event is part of Premier. I’ve attended in the past and have thoroughly enjoyed the quiet, relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to meet and talk with a leading winemaker.

Choose Your Favorite, Sept. 28 
There are so many Saskatoon berry products now available. Come sample the full line-up at SaskMade Marketplace's Fans' Choice Open House on September 28 and cast a vote for your favorite. The top picks will be announced on Facebook and featured in the store.

Novel-licious, Nov. 5 
McNally Robinson Booksellers is hosting a 3-course, locally-themed fundraiser dinner to benefit the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre on November 5.

Mary Harelkin Bishop, Beverley Brenna, Carey Rigby-Wilcox, Craig Silliphant and Cassie Stocks will read from their work.

Sea Cider
Ingredients Artisan Market is now selling cider from Vancouver Island’s Sea Cider Farm. Sea Cider makes wonderful cider from organic, heritage apples – from fresh and fruity Pippin and Wild English to darker, sweeter Rumrunner that has been fermented in Kentucky bourbon barrels that have been soaked in Newfoundland screech.

Ayden Kitchen and Bar 
Ayden Kitchen and Bar hopes to open mid-October to early November.

Alberta’s Bean-to-Bar Chocolate
I was pleased to read about Choklat, an Alberta company that makes chocolate directly from the cacao beans. There are very few Canadian companies that do this. The only other one that I’m aware of is Beanpod in Fernie, BC, and they make awesome chocolate (and gelato).

Choklat has a menu of over 1000 flavour combinations. You choose and they make it on the spot. I confess to being intrigued and look forward to visiting one of their stores (Calgary, Edmonton).

Recess 
Wanderlust and Words is taking a short break as I’m having hip replacement surgery on September 20. Talk to you again soon!


Photos: Les Hortillonages, Amiens, France

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 9, 2013

That Tastes Good, Sept. 17 

Join me at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 17, at the Frances Morrison Library where I am giving a presentation entitled That Tastes Good! Tips to help you and your family support sustainable food production and consumption. The presentation is part of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s Library Speaker Series.

There will be a display of books and a tasting organized by Slow Food Saskatoon.

National Organic Week, Sept. 21-28 
Celebrate National Organic Week, September 21 to 28.

 The Organic Connections Board is hosting a trade show, kids program and presentation by Penelope Jaggesar Chaffer, a children’s environmental health advocate, on September 26 in Regina.

In Saskatoon, New Life Organic Foods will be offering free samples at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on September 22, 25 and 28.

Start from Scratch Fundraiser, Sept. 22 
You’ll have to move fast to book a ticket for the Start From Scratch Brunch Fundraiser on September 22. Chefs are Dale Mackay & Nathan Guggenheimer (Ayden’s Kitchen & Bar), Renee Kohlman (Leyda’s, sweetsugarbean), Mike McKeown (Prairie Harvest Café) and Tom Brown (Wild Cuisine Catering).

Word on the Street, Sept. 22 
One of the themes at this year’s Word on the Street, Saskatoon’s book and magazine festival, is food. Check out the line-up of authors who will be reading from their work. Amy Jo Ehman and dee Hobsbawn-Smith will be sharing a smorgasbord of food writing at 11:30 am.

Forestry Farm Fall Supper, Sept. 29
The Friends of the Forestry Farm House will be holding their annual Fall Supper at the Superintendent’s Residence at the Forestry Farm Park on September 29. The cost is $25 per person with sittings at 5 and 7 pm. Pre-paid advance reservations only. Call 373-1787 or email c.bear@sasktel.net.

Bon Temps Café
Yes! There are vegetarian options at Bon Temps Café on 2nd Avenue at lunchtime. The vegetable toast creole resembles pizza, but it’s on a flatbread and piled high with vegetables. There’s also a vegetarian muffulatta. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see any vegetarian options on the supper menu.

Tropical Prairie Fruits
It’s awesome that we can get tropical fruit flavour from fruit grown in Saskatchewan.

Northern Vigor Berries has really expanded its range of seabuckthorn products.

And I can’t get enough of the husk cherries from Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens. They taste of mangos and are as sweet as candy.

One variety, Aunt Molly's Organic Ground Cherries, is a Slow Food USA Ark of Taste product. For a recipe and more information about ground cherries, see Husk Cherries: A love story

Business of Brewing
I’m excited to see micro breweries and distilleries springing up across Canada. I’d much rather buy from a small, local business than a large multinational conglomerate. But starting up a business can be tough, so the University of Portland’s online certificate program in the Business of Craft Brewing makes a lot of sense.

How Food Preferences Are Formed
The Geography of Taste: How food preferences are formed is an interesting look at the factors that influence our taste in food – from climate and religion, to our mother’s eating habits and our culture.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Northern Vigor Berries Expands its Range of Seabuckthorn Products


It’s fascinating to watch a local producer slowly expand their product line. Visiting the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market last Sunday, I was delighted to see how many new seabuckthorn products are now available from Nvigorate: Northern Vigor Berries.


In addition to berries, there are jams and syrups, tea and juice, fruit leather and gelato. You can also purchase frozen seabuckthorn puree – perfect for adding to fruit smoothies.


Seabuckthorn has a delightfully tangy, tropical flavour and is just bursting with vitamins.


A lot of work goes into developing new products. My congratulations to Betty Forbes and Northern Vigor Berries on their hard work and initiative.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 2, 2013

 
That Tastes Good! 
Join me at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 17, at the Frances Morrison Library where I am giving a presentation entitled That tastes good! Good for me, good for my community and good for the earth: Tips to help you and your family support sustainable food production and consumption.

The presentation is part of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s Library Speaker Series. There will be a display of books and a tasting organized by Slow Food Saskatoon.

Cute Green Cupcake
Isn’t this adorable! Floating Gardens is considering introducing cress in the fall and gave me a sample to try. Following the British tradition, I enjoyed an open-face cress sandwich. I was expecting a stronger peppery/mustard flavour; instead, it was crisp and fresh with a pleasant tang and was a good complement to the whole wheat bread and butter.

Cress is also known as Pepper Grass or Poor Man’s Pepper. It’s high in Vitamins A and C.

New Ethiopian Restaurant 
I’m sorry to hear that the Istanbul Diner is closing but excited to hear that the spot will soon be occupied by an Ethiopian restaurant. The owner also has an Ethiopian restaurant in Edmonton.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market 
I just learned that the Little Market Store will be closing within the next couple of weeks. Once they close, honey, eggs and Three Farmers camelina oil will be available at The Prairie Pantry.

I stopped in at The Prairie Pantry today and came away with two fresh salads, spices and chocolate - a good complement to the fresh fruit and vegetables that I purchased.

The Market is looking for a new full-time tenant for the space currently occupied by the Little Market Store.

Bliss
My sister in law, aka the intrepid roving reporter, eats out far more often than I do. I was pleased to learn that Bliss restaurant on Broadway has a number of vegetarian lunch options.

Shelley had a falafel sandwich with carrot vanilla soup, and she says that all the salads looked amazing. Desserts included peanut butter cheesecake and white chocolate raspberry crème brulée.

The evening menu includes a vegetarian entrée (Vegetarian Napoleon) and several vegetarian appetizers.

Local Vegetables
Prairie Fresh Food Corporation, a group of 16 Saskatchewan vegetable producers, has banded together to sell local vegetables in local grocery stores. The producers, who include Spring Creek Market and the Dinsmore Hutterite Colony, are selling their produce to all the Saskatchewan Co-op stores.

Quebec Cheese 
A friend shared some cheese from Quebec with me last weekend. It was so tasty. La Station de Comptoir is located in Compton. They have 50 Holstein cows, and the property includes 2500 maple trees in addition to organic pastures.

Online Canadian Food & Wine 
I just discovered Foodie Pages. They ship a wide assortment of Canadian gourmet foods and wine from small Canadian wineries (I highly recommend both Blue Mountain and Eau Vivre). They have some fascinating products like a Feta Cheese Kit. Caramoomel Vegetable Antipasto (so good – I bought some in BC) and Carrot Crisps with Chia, Hemp & Flax.

You can buy a monthly subscription for a box of goodies chosen by a top Canadian chef or order individual items.

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