Monday, December 7, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, December 7, 2015

Terra Madre Day, Dec. 10
Terra Madre Day is Slow Food’s annual day to promote the diversity of food traditions and production, and show how our network is using its creativity and knowledge to build a better food future. Slow Food Saskatoon suggests celebrating by sharing a meal made of local ingredients with family and friends.

Noche de Posada, Dec. 12
La Taqueria Mexicana and El Mercadito Latino are hosting a Noche de Posada on Dec. 12. There will be Mexican food, Latin DJs, and a piñata smash.

Craft Beer & Cheese Fest, Feb. 26 & 27
Tickets are now on sale for the Craft Beer & Cheese Fest at Prairie Sun Brewery. Tickets sold out in two weeks last year, so you’ll need to move fast if you want to attend.

Slow Food Canada National Meeting, Apr. 6-10
Slow Food Canada will be holding their annual national meeting from April 6-10, 2016, in Invermere, BC.

Bringing Healthy Food to a Food Desert
Neechi Foods, an Aboriginal worker co-op, is trying to bring healthy food to a Winnipeg food desert.

Tea from Cup to Plate Cookbook
Raelene Gannon is one of only 15 certified tea sommeliers in Canada. She’s published the Tea from Cup to Plate Cookbook. The recipes range from Earl Grey shortbread cookies and Chai brownies to meat cooked in Acerola Cherry and Fig tea. Jill says, “I have a copy and it is so good. I am not lending it out. It is so well done with excellent photos and great details.” Copies are available at Chapters Regina and Indigo Saskatoon.

Welsh Markets
It’s been a wet, windy week in Wales, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Fishguard Farmers’ Market on Saturday was tiny, but there was lots of British baking (fairy cakes, jam and cream sponge cakes, Christmas pudding), Welsh dairy products (crumbly Caerphilly, yogurt, milk), some gorgeous cabbages and cauliflowers, a few crafts, and local meat. The weather has been very mild – I’m not sure if there are always fresh daffodils at this time of year.

I bought some lovely fresh vegetables in the pouring rain from the one solitary vendor who had braved the weather in Newport on Monday – and he was packing up and heading home.

For a long-time vegetarian, it’s a shock to shop at the butcher’s, but they have local chutney, milk, and the best fruit and vegetables in Newport.

Fishguard Harbour

Vegetarian Sandwiches #2
I treated myself to lunch out at The Canteen on Friday and had another excellent vegetarian sandwich – a crusty baguette stuffed with grated cheddar, chunks of roasted squash and pesto. Canada – we can do better!

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