Monday, March 17, 2014

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 17, 2014

Community Gardens, Mar. 18
Gord Androsoff, CHEP`s Urban Agriculture Coordinator, will talk about Saskatoon’s community gardens – their past, present, and future from 7-8:30 pm, March 18, at the Frances Morrison Library, as part of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s Library Speaker series.

Seed Security in Canada, Mar. 23 
Karen Farmer will speak about seed security and a new Canadian seed saving program at the Slow Food Salon from 4-6 pm, March 23, at City Perks.

Meewasin 80, Mar. 27
Meewasin 80 White Ale has been custom brewed to support extending the Meewasin Trail to 80 kilometres. Live spruce and pine from the Trail have been put directly into the brew. Prairie Sun Brewery will be launching the beer at a fundraising event for the Meewasin Valley Authority at 7 pm, March 27. There will be musical entertainment by Sarah Farthing. Tickets aren’t cheap, but it’s a really good cause.

Jacek Chocolate Couture
Feast your eyes and your taste buds with these beautiful chocolates from Jacek Chocolate Couture in Edmonton – now available at City Perks and Essence Floral Design. So far my favorite is the lemon and champagne dark chocolate ganache with hand-painted fleur de lis.

Colourful Nosh
I had lunch at Nosh Eatery & Tap last week. Apart from one meat dish and a couple of fish dishes, the entire menu is vegetarian, and mostly vegan. I was particularly delighted by their use of colour in the presentation of the dishes. The beet pannacotta was dramatic, while the chipotle mayo on my beet burger was a vibrant combination of red and orange.

Oolong Tea
I insist on starting every day with two large cups of oolong tea. And Camellia Sinensis in Montreal has the best selection of oolong from small-scale farmers in Taiwan, China, and even New Zealand. The unroasted teas are light and floral, while the roasted ones are more substantial.

Oolong tea was the first tribute tea, designed to be offered as a gift at the royal court of China. The tea is semi-fermented and goes through 7 different processing steps – from withering in the sun, to bruising, oxidization, fixing, rolling, drying, and firing.

Camellia Sinensis usually tucks in a gift when shipping your purchases, like this small container of Bancha Shizuoka green tea.

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