Monday, April 24, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 24, 2017

Nvigorate Demo, May 13
Enjoy a taste of Nvigorate’s seabuckthorn berry products at Dad’s Organic Market from 10 am to 2 pm, May 13.

Pizza Dough
I’m really enjoying being able to buy a bag of fresh pizza dough at Earth Bound Bakery on Saturdays. Making pizza is easy and you’re guaranteed a good crust.

I’m amazed by the variety of sprouts and baby greens available from Floating Gardens at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market – everything from baby Spinach and Kale to Pea Shoots, Sunflower Sprouts, a Crunchy Bean Mix, and an Ancient Eastern Blend (check out the long blades that look just like grass!).

I always enjoy browsing at Ingredients Artisan Market as you never know what you’ll find. How about Red Rice Noodles or Blueberry Bliss Honey Wine?

African Food
I know next to nothing about authentic African food – how about you? Two British women decided to start a Somali and Swahili Supper Club to share their cultures’ generous, abundant food: “Ismail has found that most Brits blithely treat Somali food as an afterthought, that its food takes a backseat to the problems of war, famine, and piracy that have saturated news reports about the region. Bruford, meanwhile, feels that Kenyan cuisine has often been misconstrued as a collage of bland carbs and tough, gristly meat. It was far from what they knew.”

But the two women don’t want their food to become the latest trend. Instead, they’re emphasizing the links between food and culture and politics (e.g., ugali, made from maize grown by the British to feed their slaves and later employees). They hope to organize an African food symposium and a workshop exploring what it means to be British (e.g., “tea—a drink so synonymous with British identity, yet with roots firmly planted in the country’s colonial past”).

For another take on African food, Zoe Adjonyoh has recently published her debut cookbook, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.

Breads of Mexico 
“We eat just as much bread as we do tortillas, which is something people don’t realize,” says Chef Iliana de la Vega. You'll learn about an assortment of sweet buns and pastries in this collection of 25 baked goods you’ll find in most Mexican panaderías.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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