Monday, June 29, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 29, 2015


Market Sweets and Treats 
New vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market:

Candy’s Stix – homemade cheesecake bites dipped in chocolate

Safari Treats and Toppers – hand-crafted candies and cakes, cake decorations and edible toppers

Please let me know if you're aware of other new vendors.

The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will be open on Canada Day with a bouncy castle, live music, Beeper the Clown, and lots of fresh local produce. 

Photo credit: taybeer.com

Summer Reading 
Pour yourself a cool drink, find a shady spot for your chair, and enjoy a good read as we travel from Spain to Cambodia, New Mexico, and Palestine.

Spain’s Solidarity Fridge 
Several towns in Spain have set up a “solidarity fridge” where residents and restaurants can drop off leftover or unused food that would otherwise be thrown out. “This isn’t charity. It’s about making use of food that would otherwise end up in the bin,” says Alvaro Saiz, Galdakao. A restaurant owner says, “Before we used to throw away a lot of food – and it was food that was fine to eat. . . . It’s like giving our food a second chance to end up in someone’s stomach.” (The Guardian)

Cambodian Doughnuts 
Over 90% of all independent doughnut shops in California are owned by Cambodians. But you’ll have to look hard to find doughnuts in Cambodia as the locals judge them far too sweet. (Lucky Peach)

Balsamic Vinegar in New Mexico
In a ghost town on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico, a retired couple are following Italian methods to recreate traditional balsamic vinegar. (The Art of Eating)

Resistance is Fertile 
Two very different Palestinian initiatives view the production and consumption of food as a non-violent means of resisting the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. (Gastronomica)

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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Monday, June 22, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 22, 2015


Chef Jenni @ Creekside Orchard 
Chef Jenni will be dishing up a four-course meal at Creekside Orchard, Melfort, on July 8 and 9. Call 306.921.6423 to make a reservation as seating is limited.

Wine with a View
Enjoy a glass of fruit wine and a light meal on the outdoor patio at Riverlot Orchards Winery near St. Louis. They’re open from 1-8 pm, Thursday-Sunday. Wines include honeysuckle, plum, sand cherry, and many more. I’d opt for the 3 oz. samplers of 5 different kinds of wine.

Living Sky Café 
Have any of you tried the food at the Living Sky Café in the (former) Mendel Art Gallery? I’m curious.

A Bakery Hotel? Yes! 
I’m intrigued. The Praktik Bakery Hotel in Barcelona has an artisanal bakery on the ground floor with a window so that you can watch the bakers at work.


Craft Cider 
I’m happy to see an increased interest in craft ciders. They’re a great addition to the Okanagan’s repertoire of fruit, wine and farms. My brother and his wife sampled the ciders from BX Press near Vernon. I love the labels.

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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Monday, June 15, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 15, 2015


Vegetable Lasagna, Prairie Harvest Cafe

Prairie Harvest Café 
We had a lovely supper on Prairie Harvest Café’s outdoor patio last week. The vegetarian lasagna and the gnocchi were topped with housemade ricotta (optional) and equally delicious.

Fun de Lentil Contest
If you love lentils, you’re in luck. For the month of June, three local restaurants are highlighting lentil dishes as part of the Fun de Lentil Tour and Contest. Calories is serving a vegetarian, Persian-inspired lentil and quinoa dish with sour cherries and dates. I tried the Lentil and Polenta Fries at Prairie Harvest Café and they’re great. Ayden’s is also using lentils in one of their dishes.

Lentil Fries, Prairie Harvest Cafe

Urban Agriculture 
If you’re interested in establishing an urban agriculture operation, read this interview with Jared Regier, Chain Reaction Urban Farm, as he talks about some of the questions he set out to answer before establishing his business.

Fruit for Thought, Regina 
Fruit for Thought is an urban fruit foraging organization in Regina. In Saskatoon, we have Out of Your Tree. And if you’re trying to figure out what to do with excess rhubarb, you can trade it for a margarita at The Hollows or baked goods at Three Sisters/Nestor’s Bakery.

Rosé Wines
I have the impression that rosé wines are trending – sounds perfect for summer. Here’s an article about Spanish rosé wines and another about rosés from British Columbia.

Peasant's Pick, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Traditional Native Food
Native American tribes in the US are setting up food businesses and reclaiming their traditional foods.

Industrial Artisan Bread 
Can bread be both handcrafted and industrially manufactured? Triticum, a Spanish company, makes its bread using artisan techniques (organic flour, 48-hour fermentation). Then the bread is partially baked (60-65%) and deep frozen before being sold to high-quality restaurants.

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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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vancouver Island Food and Drink


I started writing about local food and food producers when I visited Vancouver Island in 2010. I visited some wonderful places and sampled everything from bread to beer to cheese and tea.

I've put together a page of Vancouver Island food and drink and plan to add to it when I'm housesitting in Victoria for three weeks this coming summer.


You'll find a list of my webpages on the right hand screen of the page.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 8, 2015

World Away Farm, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Gluten-Free Beer
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. is working on a gluten-free quinoa stout. If it passes the taste test (can't be boring), it will go into production.

Hort Week, July 4-12
Improve your gardening skills and learn fascinating facts about gardening history during Hort Week, sponsored by the Master Gardener Program at the U of S. Courses range from rooftop & container gardening to planning your garden for maximum nutrition and the time travellers’ garden: ancient Egypt.

Sutherland Farmers’ Market
There’s a small farmers’ market at St. Paul’s United Church, Sutherland (105th Street & Egbert Avenue), on Thursdays from 11-6. The Cake Witch is there with all her lovely German cakes.

Showcasing Local Lentils
Lentils are a fabulous source of cheap, locally grown protein. Chef Rémi at Calories is serving Persian Lentils with local quinoa and sour cherries as part of the Fun de Lentil Tour. Vote now and vote often for this innovative recipe that showcases lentils rather than simply including them as a side dish alongside meat or fish.

Bureki, Ef-Zeen Greek Cuisine

Ef-Zeen Greek Cuisine
Have you tried Ef-Zeen Greek Cuisine’s ready-to-eat Greek salads, pizzas, and meals? They purchase many of their fresh ingredients from fellow vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. I particularly like the Lahanopita with cabbage, zucchini, carrots, herbs and feta cheese. This week I tried the Bureki – eggs, sweet peppers and feta cheese in phyllo pastry. They are a lovely appetizer.

Ef Zeen also caters and delivery daily and weekly menus.

Odd Couple Restaurant 
I had supper at the Odd Couple Restaurant last week and am so impressed by the quality of their dishes – lovely fresh vegetables and lots of flavourful vegetarian options.

Deep-Fried Tofu, Odd Couple Restaurant

Veggie Sandwich 
Riverside Delicatessen always has a vegetarian sandwich. The latest creative invention is cornmeal crusted tofu with roasted red pepper spread and kale salad. Sounds good.

Vegan Farmstay
Take a break from the city at the Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary, an animal refuge near Climax in Southwest Saskatchewan. Spend time with the animal residents, visit Grasslands National Park and enjoy home-cooked vegan meals.

Contaminated Cans
BPA, a plastic additive that mimics estrogen, lines an estimated 75% of canned foods in North America. It protects the metal from corroding, but it also leaches into the contents of the can that you’re about to eat. So think twice before buying canned products.

Tomato Pad Thai with 5-Spiced Tofu, Odd Couple Restaurant

Turning Garbage into Culinary Gold
Fourteen UK cafes are taking the ingredients that grocery stores routinely discard and turning it into gourmet meals.

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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Monday, June 1, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 1, 2015

My favourite barista - Daryl Grunau @City Perks

Kitchen Garden at Wanuskewin
PermaSask will be helping to create a vegetable garden and food forest to provide fresh ingredients for the restaurant at Wanuskewin.

Savoury Morning Buns

Citizen Café’s Morning Buns 
Citizen Café and Bakery serves a savoury bun. Instead of sugary fillings like cinnamon, sugar and raisins, the buns contain tasty combinations such as mozzarella, bell pepper and basil pesto or artichoke and caramelized onion. Enjoy a bun fresh for breakfast or take it home, add a bowl of hearty vegetable-rich soup and you have a quick, tasty supper.

Wine & Whiskey 
Saskatoon Co-op Liquor Store has the following upcoming tastings:
June 6 – California Premium Wines
June 12 – Pink is not for Sissies – rosé wines from around the world
June 18 – Prosecco
June 20 & 21 – Highland vs. Island Scotch Whiskies

Cold One on the Patio 
City Perks now has a liquor license. They’re serving Thirsty Beaver and Muskoka Detour beer along with Sibling Rivalry White and Las Hermanas Monastrell/Syrah (Bodegas Luzón, Jumilla, Spain).

Ingredients Artisan Market

Manuka Honey Chocolate Truffle Bar 
A gift of chocolate is sure to make me happy, and the Manuka Honey Chocolate Truffle Bar that I received for my birthday was particularly good. I’m not sure if it’s available in Saskatoon. If you’re looking for something different, check out what’s available at Ingredients Artisan Market and at Tamarack General Store. Both stores always have an interesting selection.

Tamarack General Store

Photographs were downloaded - with thanks to the local businesses - from Facebook.

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

You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (top right corner).