Monday, August 31, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 31, 2015

Seed Saving Workshop & Movie, Sept. 2
Join Prairie Garden Seeds at 7 pm, Sept. 2, for a Seed Saving Workshop hosted by the Saskatoon Seed Library, followed by an open-air screening of the film Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds, hosted by the Saskatoon Food Council.

Premier Showcase, Sept. 24-26
Premier Showcase will be held Sept. 24-26 with educational whiskey tastings and a winemaker’s dinner with Villa Maria Wines, New Zealand.

Oktoberfest, Oct. 3
Oktoberfest will run from noon to 11 pm, October 3, at Prairie Sun Brewery. Proceeds will help support the Saskatoon Roller Derby League.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Hours
An online petition is requesting that the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market be open 6 days a week. It’s a great concept, but we would need way more vendors as you can’t expect farmers or food producers to sell and produce food at one and the same time. Farmers need to be in the field; bakers need to be in the kitchen. A local farmers’ market is not and should not be a supermarket with all kinds of food at all hours and days of the week.

Lonsdale Quay Night Market
I visited the Lonsdale Quay Night Market with friends this week. I really, really enjoyed the ‘Crack’ Salad with brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, capers, cracked chillies, lemon juice and parmesan cheese from the Le Tigre food truck.

I didn't really enjoy the Hopping Mad cider from Central City Brewery (a dry-sweet cider blending Yakima valley hops with fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest),but I loved the idea of a drinks truck.

Buzzworthy Restaurants
Here’s another article from Eat North with 12 Buzzworthy Restaurants from across Canada. I’m pleased to see two restaurants listed that have excellent vegetarian options. Mission in Vancouver lists a vegetarian tasting menu with everything from cauliflower porridge to pea and turnip tart. Pigeonhole in Calgary has a number of vegetarian options, including chewy beets with a goat cheese meringue and glazed baby turnips with cherry, miso and mint.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 24, 2015

Tomato Seed Saving Workshop, Aug. 27
The Saskatoon Seed Library is hosting a Tomato Seed Saving Workshop at 7 pm, August 27. You will help save seeds for the Saskatoon Seed Library as well as your own seeds for next year's garden and go home with fresh, locally grown tomatoes to eat.

Fermenting Foods for Beginners, Sept. 20
Intuitive Path SuperFoods is offering a Fermenting Foods for Beginners class at 3:30 pm, September 20. You’ll learn the basics of fermenting foods and prepare 2 or 3 jars of fermented food.

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants across Canada 
Eat North has published a useful list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants across Canada. Rebar in Victoria has so many options it’s hard to choose. Nourish Bistro in Banff is great, and I’ve heard very good things about The Coup in Calgary. Hopefully next time Eat North makes a list like this, they’ll include Nosh Eatery & Tap in Saskatoon.

Smarter School Architecture Helps Kids Eat Healthier Food 
I was intrigued by an article about how smarter school architecture can help kids eat healthier food. Design strategies included making the commercial kitchen visible from the dining room, having a teaching kitchen so kids can learn to cook and a food lab for food-related science experiments. You can also place healthy meals at child level and have the salad bar near the checkout counter.

“We can't just change what's on the menu and expect to see the changes we hope to find in children," Sorensen says. The key, she says, is for architects to work with multi-disciplinary teams, since a single group or solution on its own likely can't make enough of a change in health.”

Vegan Ultra Runner 
Scott Jurek ran the Appalachian Trail in 46 days on a vegan diet. He says, “One thing that’s misconstrued about a plant-based diet is that it’s all just fruit and nuts. People assume that you can’t get full off a plant-based diet, but it really comes down to the amount of food you eat, and getting enough healthy fats. I’m one of these people that likes to eat. That’s the beauty of a plant-based diet; unless you’re eating junk food, you get to eat a lot.”

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Photos: Salt Spring Island Tuesday Market

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Art in the Garden: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Victoria

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 12 kilometers north of downtown Victoria, is a public garden lovingly cared for by volunteers, students and staff.

Every year the Centre holds a two-day Art in the Garden.

Craft vendors set up booths along the paths in the garden, and floral art fills unexpected corners.

The garden becomes a magical place full of natural and handcrafted beauty.


Bridges and stepping stones lead you across the stream in the Japanese garden.

The garden is a joy to visit in every season of the year with heathers, rhododendrons, hostas and herbs.

More Vancouver Island Garden Photos
The Art of Stillness, Abkhazi Garden

The Gardens at Government House, Victoria

Friday, August 21, 2015

Shopping at the Market: Salt Spring Island's Tuesday Market

Farmers’ markets make my heart sing. They represent grocery shopping at its finest: unique local products, personally presented with creative flair.

The Tuesday market on Salt Spring Island is small, but we filled our bags and our arms with baked goods, fresh fruit and other goodies and the organic, freshly squeezed lemonade was a saving grace on a very hot day.

Market vendors are creative and artistic.

Market vendors are hard-working.

Tony's Tarts

Markets engage all the senses (wine tastings are a definite plus at BC markets).

Mistaken Identity Winery

Market stalls and products are beautiful.

Market food is delicious.

Market products are local and often organic or chemical-free.

Markets are full of surprises.

balsamic vinegar

Support local entrepreneurs – visit your local farmers’ market. And, if you’re in Saskatoon, be sure to attend the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on August 22, 2015.

Bite Me Bakery on Salt Spring Island makes great scones and baked goods - but so does Wild Serendipity Foods, Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 17, 2015

Salsa Fiesta, Sept. 6
Mercadito Latino is hosting a Salsa Fiesta at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market starting at 10 am, Sunday, Sept. 6. There will be piñatas for the kids, Latin dance, music, and a salsa sauce cook-off.

Growing Apples, Cherries & Berries, Sept. 20/23
The Crossmount Arts Barn is offering a presentation on the different types of apples, cherries and berries that can be grown in Saskatchewan on Sept. 20 from 2-3 pm and on Sept. 23 from 7-8 pm.

Farm Deliveries
Our Farm has been selling chemical-free vegetables on Broadway this summer (until Sept. 26). You can also purchase their vegetables online or through a CSA subscription. Their produce includes heirloom tomatoes, 5 kinds of potatoes, hot peppers, and various herbs.

The Farmers’ Table is a group of Saskatchewan farmers who are selling their ethical, environmentally sustainable produce online. They are now making deliveries in Saskatoon. Their products include honey, lentils, barley, and vegetables.

Recycling Waste 
Breweries create a lot of waste, but they’re finding unusual ways to recycle it: from making granola bars, to growing mushrooms, to green energy. If you’re a home brewer, you can use the spent grains to make bread.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Gardens at Government House, Victoria

The gardens at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, are a delight.

There are not one, but two, rose gardens!

There are ponds, winding paths, forested areas, a herb garden, and so much more.

While you're there, be sure to visit the Cary Mews for tea and a visit to the Costume Museum.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 10, 2015

Salt Spring Island Cheese

YXEats, Sept. 2-6
Riversdale District is hosting YXEats, 5 days of special menus and daily deals at over 15 restaurants, as well as activities such as the Long Table Brunch, from Sept. 2-6.

Long Table Brunch, Sept. 6
Join friends and neighbours at Riversdale’s Long Table Brunch from 11 am to 1 pm, Sept. 6. There will be one long, outdoor table with food provided by Little Bird Patisserie, Thrive Juice and Riversdale Delicatessen. Tickets are available from Picatic.

Sustainable Gourmet Dinner, Sept. 19
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is hosting their 10th Annual Sustainable Gourmet fundraising dinner on Sept. 19 at Marquis Hall, University of Saskatchewan.

Café Noir Espresso 
Check out the unexpected panini options at Café Noir Espresso: Chocolate Brie, Apple Pie, Spinach & Artichokes, and Chickpea Salad.

In addition, they’re staying open until 8 pm on Thursdays and Fridays so that you can pick up a Dabba (supper box). The first week’s meal was Paneer Lababdar, Basmati Rice & Indian Bread.

Congratulations, Renee Kohlman! We’re looking forward to all the yummy treats in your upcoming cookbook. All The Sweet Things: Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean will be released in Spring 2017.

Building Community
It’s all about food. The Incredible Edible Project in Todmorden demonstrates the power of small actions to build community.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 3, 2015


Saskatoon Farmers’ Market 40th Anniversary, Aug. 22 
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 40th anniversary from 8 am to 5 pm, August 22. There will be a corn roast and corn husking contest, a charity barbecue, beer garden, food samples, buskers and a clown.

19th Street will be shut down with Escape Sports hosting a sidewalk sale and displays.

Woods Ale House & White Birch Catering 
Chef Moe Mathieu and White Birch Catering have found a kitchen and will be catering for The Woods Alehouse.

They are hosting a Brewer’s Dinner, Night of a Thousand Monkeys, on August 22. Five versions of cask-condition stout that are flavoured differently will compliment or contrast with five food courses.

I attended a White Birch Catering dinner a few years ago and enjoyed the beer and food pairings.

Community BBQ & Garden Tour, Aug. 28
CHEP Good Food Inc. is hosting a Community BBQ and Garden Tour, starting at 11 am, August 28.

The Chocolate Project
Most chocolate is sourced from West Africa plantations with horrifying environmental practices, child slave labour, and poor quality beans, according to Chef David Mincey, Preservation Foods Chocolate Project. He’s made it his mission to bring together a collection of artisanal chocolate bars from around the world.

“All of the bars we represent are traceable to one country of origin and usually to one single plantation within that country. These are the highest quality beans available, treated with care and respect by the world’s top chocolate masters.”

 A selection of over 100 artisanal bars is on sale at the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson. The labels alone are fascinating and the variety of flavours astonishing. They’re definitely not cheap, but I wholeheartedly endorse the philosophy.

Trying to Make Tea Cool 
I purchase most of my tea from a Montreal company, Camellia Sinensis. They’re a Canadian company and they source their own tea, meeting year after year with the farmers. I like the personal connection and they have a superb collection of original, unflavoured teas. When there is such variety of teas and production methods, I rarely look to flavoured teas to provide a change (but I do sometimes).

The folks at Camellia Sinensis are tea aficionados and this has encouraged me to learn more about growing and producing tea, but I can appreciate that some people would find this intimidating. David’s Tea on the other hand has emphasized accessibility in an attempt to popularize tea with a new generation. I’m not a fan of their teas, but I certainly endorse their mission.

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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