Monday, August 13, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 13, 2018


AppleFest, Aug. 18 
Petrofka Orchard is hosting an AppleFest on Aug. 18 with food, music, a pie eating contest, and activities for kids.

Beer Makes You Smarter, Aug. 21
Bill Roe will muse on his time as a defence counsel at 7:30 pm, Aug. 21, at 9 Mile Legacy Tap Room.

Ladies that Beer - YXE, Aug. 23 
Join a pay-it-forward group of beer-loving ladies at the first Ladies that Beer meet up, at 7 pm, Aug. 23, at Prairie Sun Brewery.

Ice Cream & Donuts 
If you’re in the mood for something sweet and delicious, head up to Avenue H and pick up some treats from Fable Ice Cream and Darkside Donuts. The line-ups went round the block when The Night Oven Bakery sold doughnuts, so Bryn Rawlyk decided to open a separate store just for doughnuts. Darkside will have some regular flavours, but they also plan to push the limits and try out some “super weird stuff”.

Making Death Part of Life
A no-tech philosophy of fermentation: “Modern life makes fermentation unintuitive and difficult. But it’s precisely this practice that can help us come to a different way of thinking and approaching the world. A world where fermentation is integrated into our daily life might be a bit messier, but it would also be more caring to the many life forms with whom we co-exist. Perhaps it would be a world that lends itself to contemplation, letting us ponder the transition of life to death, rather than fearing it, hiding it away.” 

Fabulous bread products - and I get to talk French!
Sharing Not Snatching
Last week I wrote about Yvema’s Bannock House that is selling African donuts with a local label. I wondered if there would be a public outcry that this was cultural appropriation so I was interested to read an article in The Guardian, which says, “Much of the joy of food lies in sharing: the passing of dishes across the table; the adoption of new ingredients and techniques. Curries and pasta have become staple parts of the British diet, while Malaysian hawkers use an Australian malted chocolate drink to make “roti Milo”. Even if some adaptations have niche appeal – durian pizza, anyone? – exchange enriches us all.” 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 6, 2018


Food Photography
You have two opportunities in the next few months to improve your food photography skills.
Sept. 12 with Renée Kohlman
Oct. 17 with Bob Deutscher

Chef Mike McEown
Chef Mike McEown (former owner of Prairie Harvest Café) is now an evening chef at Boffins restaurant, Innovation Place. Good luck, Mike! I hope you’re enjoying your new job.

Rosthern Barley
If you’re interested in beer and local food production, be sure to read Cathy Engel’s post about Maker’s Malt.


Saskatoon Chocolate-Makers
Saskatoon chocolatiers: Those Girls at the Market make great chocolate, but I wasn’t familiar with River Layne Chocolate Couture – I’ll definitely be on the lookout for them when I’m back in Saskatoon.

Common Ground
A Newcomer from Kenya has opened a pastry shop selling African delicacies under a local label. As people said the mandazi reminded them of bannock, she’s called her store Yvema’s Bannock House.

Sunken Plum, Spelt, and Ginger Cake
This cake recipe sounds absolutely delicious – a good one to try if you like experimenting with alternate flours and making use of seasonal fruit.

The Food Explorer
In the late 1900s, David Fairchild travelled the world looking for new food crops to introduce in the United States. The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone chronicles his journeys but also notes the mixed response he received. Many of the new fruits and vegetables were enthusiastically received, but there was also a backlash, particularly from one scientist who feared that foreign plants would introduce new pests and diseases. The controversy is as relevant today as it was then. Are we optimists or pessimists? Do we welcome what is new (i.e. immigrants and refugees) or do we bar our doors to all outside influences?


Photos: Nelson, BC's Wednesday market

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Bulldozers, Hoodoos, and Lunar Landscapes


I've been fortunate enough to be invited to housesit near Nelson, British Columbia, every other year. I usually drive straight through with just one overnight stop, but this year I decided to take it slowly and visit some parks along the way.


After 4-5 hours of driving past fields of flax, canola, and oil wells, it's surprising to see evergreen-covered hills in the distance and to arrive in the forests of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The wildflowers were stunning, and I definitely plan to come back.


My next stop was Red Rock Coulee near Medicine Hat, Alberta. Again, you're driving through fields lined with bales of hay when you head up a short hill and spy a maze of dry stream beds with large, round, red boulders scattered over the slopes. The ground was covered with fine white gravel and it truly felt like I could be on the moon.


I had already headed off the main road to reach Red Rock, so I continued along secondary highways to my next destination, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. The secondary roads were in good condition and I was speeding along nicely until I reach highway 61. Signs said it was under construction, but that didn't worry me too much. I expected a few stretches of single-lane traffic with a pilot car to guide us through. No such luck! I ended up traversing 4 stretches of active construction with a bulldozer working on one side of me and a truck dumping gravel on the other. There I was trying to follow bulldozer tracks through churned-up lumps of dry dirt and wondering if I'd get stuck or what damage I was doing to the undercarriage. It was hair-raising, but my brave little car and I made it through unscathed!


Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is another magical landscape where water and time have sculpted the landscape into long stretches of hoodoos following a curving river bed. It was so much fun to follow the trails and admire the hoodoos from every possible direction.


This is a sacred site for the Blackfoot First Nation and you can still catch glimpses of the petroglyphs they carved many years ago.



I spent two nights in Beaver Mines near Pincher Creek and spent a happy couple of hours wandering the trails around Beauvais Lake.



There were so many different wildflowers and - even better - a pair of loons calling on the lake.


I'm now on the east shore of Kootenay Lake - lakes, mountains, chicory, and cedar and the satisfaction of returning to one of my special places.


I'll take the ferry later today to my housesit on the west side of the lake near Nelson.



Monday, July 23, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 23, 2018


Urban Ag Tours, July 28
CHEP Good Food and Saskatoon Food Council are hosting urban ag tours on July 28. Take in all or some of the stops – from hugelkultur to urban chickens.

Nutrition and Plant-Based Diets, Aug. 7 
Vesanto Melina, lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets will speak on Nutrition and Plant-Based Diets: Protein, Iron, and Zinc from 3-4:30 pm, Aug. 7, in Rm 1130 E-Wing, Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan. The talk is sponsored by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the Dietitians of Canada.

Slow Food Saskatoon AGM, Aug. 8 
Everyone is invited to attend Slow Food Saskatoon’s potluck supper and annual general meeting from 6-8 pm, Aug. 8, at the Lutheran Seminary on campus.

Vegan Potluck, Aug. 8 
There’s a vegan potluck supper planned for Aug. 8. Plant-based food options for everyone – not just vegans.


Stories from the Garden
Saskatoon Open Door Society has compiled a book of multicultural stories and recipes to share the experiences of more than 75 Newcomers to Saskatoon who are growing vegetables and community in Good Earth Family and Meadowgreen Community Gardens. The contributors and their recipes come from Nepal, Somalia, Burma, Bangladesh, and Syria.

“I love to garden here because it makes me feel happy to give life to something. I have seen a lot of life and property wasted as a result of war. I was happy when Saskatoon Open Door helped me to get a plot of land to garden here. I always feel content and proud when I go to the garden and see the seeds and seedlings I planted springing to life.” Halima, Somalia

“I cannot describe the feeling I get when I give some of my vegetables I harvest to friends because it makes me feel more than good coming from a country that has scarcity of food because of war.” Mya, Burma

“Putting seeds in my mouth and spitting them into the soil make it faster and a lot easier for me when gardening.” Shamina, Bangladesh

Gravelbourg Mustard 
Gravelbourg Mustard is in the news as one of the top 10 Canadian food and beverage companies to watch in 2018.

For the times, they are a'changing 
Canada’s food habits are changing. We’re eating fewer potatoes and more rice, bananas instead of apples, and wine instead of orange juice!


Heading West 
I’m heading west to housesit in Nelson, British Columbia, on the weekend so the next issue of Flavourful Saskatoon will be on August 7.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 16, 2018


Seeing Orange with Chef Jenni, July 22
Chef Jenni will be dishing up a menu featuring seabuckthorn from 10 am-3 pm, July 22, at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Pick Your Own Haskap Berries 
Call Sandra at (306) 749-7040 or (306)749-7782 if you want to pick haskap berries at Northern Lights Orchard, Birch Hills.

Pike Lake Farmers’ Market
Saskatoon Farmers’ Market vendors are at Pike Lake every Thursday from 10 am-2 pm.

Congratulations sweetsugarbean! 
Congratulations Renée Kohlman for being nominated for a Taste Canada Culinary Writing Award for All the Sweet Things.


From Cornwall to Mexico 
When Cornwall’s tin mines fell into decline, many of the miners headed to the silver mines in Real del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico. They brought with them their tools and expertise but also the Cornish pasty.

“The pasty was popular with miners because it made a supremely practical packed lunch. The golden pastry was tough as a miner’s hands and prevented the precious filling from spilling out. The “crimp”, the folded edge that resembles a thick braid of hair, was designed so it could be held by dirty hands then thrown away after the main part of the pasty had been eaten. . . . It’s the filling that sets the Mexican paste apart from the Cornish pasty. A traditional Cornish filling is made from beef skirt, onion, turnip and diced potatoes. Mexican favourites include pineapple, tinga (shredded meat marinated with tomatoes and chipotle chillies) and mole (a green or red chilli and chocolate sauce).” 

Photos: City Park Community Garden

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 9, 2018


9 Mile Legacy, July 10 
Paul Seesequasis will be discussing an Indigenous archival photo project at 7:30 pm, July 10, at 9 Mile Legacy Tap Room.

Market News 
There are two new vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market – both Newcomers to Saskatoon sharing a taste of their homelands.



Good news for those of you who like to sleep in on Saturdays – the Market is now open until 3 pm.

Mexihco by La Bamba 
La Bamba has opened a sister restaurant, Mexihco, at 129 2nd Avenue North.

Wedding Bells 
If you’re looking for wedding favours with fabulous locally-made flavour, consider French macarons from Wild Serendipity Foods (salted caramel, strawberry shortcake, london fog, saskatoon berry, or elderflower lemon) or handmade marshmallows (layered raspberry and champagne with edible gold and toasted coconut) from Foodcraft by Sarah. Sarah lives in Swift Current but says the marshmallows are easy to ship.

Roast Cauliflower Leaves 
Who knew! Don’t throw those cauliflower leaves away – roast them and eat them!

Traditional Food 
A greenhouse and farmers’ market is enabling immigrant-grown food to be grown and sold locally in a Seattle suburb. The project addresses concerns about food insecurity and provides Newcomers with many of the foods they enjoyed in their home countries, such as spider plants and cow peas (black-eyed peas).

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 2, 2018


Our Farm
I shopped at Our Farm’s organic vegetable stand on Broadway on Saturday. As you can see from the photographs, they sell a wide range of beautiful vegetables and herbs. I was pleasantly surprised to learn they also make and sell soap and hand cream.

Frisk Market
Frisk Market, an all-vegan grocery store, is now open at 2209 Avenue C North.


Jenn Sharp – Flat Out Food
Jenn Sharp is hitting the road with photographer Richard Marjan to discover the best food Saskatchewan has to offer. She’ll be publishing a book telling the story of Saskatchewan’s food artisans in the spring of 2020 with Touchwood Editions. You can follow her travel adventures at Flat Out Food.

Wild Serendipity Foods, July 14
Wild Serendipity Foods will be back at the market July 14 with authentic French macarons and scones. She hopes to be back weekly after that date.

Stirring the Pot for Social Change
Immigrant and Indigenous cookbooks demonstrate that cooking can be an act of resistance as we engage with the communities around us.


Competitive Pricing
A Silicon Valley start-up wants to “democratize the agriculture industry by providing a digital platform where farmers can buy and sell products, compare prices among other subscribers and even analyze seed and agronomic data.” Nutrien plans to launch a competing program in July.

The Humble Cabbage
An article about the history of cabbage accompanies a series of photographs of workers harvesting cabbage by hand in California.

French Culinary Wars
You might think this was an April Fool’s Day joke – but it’s not. French butchers are “asking for police protection against violence from vegan ‘fanatics’ who have mounted a guerilla campaign of intimidation against them. The butchers, who represent 18,000 businesses, call veganism an ‘ideology’ based on ‘disinformation’ and ‘intimidation’, and condemn the ‘terrorism’ carried out by people who ‘want to impose their lifestyle on the majority of the people.”

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 25, 2018


Botte Chai Bar 
I enjoyed a cold drink on an outdoor patio at Botte Chai Bar this week. They have various Persian desserts and 4 kinds of baklava – I recommend the small Persian rolls stuffed with pistachio. I plan to go back and try something from their lunch menu.

Our Farm
Our Farm will be back at Broadway & 8th (St. Joseph Church parking lot) on Saturday, June 30, and every Saturday in July, August, and September from 8 am to noon. Be sure to stop by for some of their lovely locally grown organic vegetables.

Organic Cherries 
Little Quail Ridge Orchards had a limited supply of organic cherries at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturday and you had to ask for them. They expect to have a more plentiful organic supply in two weeks’ time.

Vegan Cheeses
Gud Eats is stocking a wide range of vegan cheese, including Miyoko’s, which I got hooked on when I was in Victoria last summer.


Traditional Plant Uses, July 7
Sandra Walker will be offering a workshop on traditional plant uses in Saskatchewan from 1-3 pm, July 7, at the Garden Patch.

Fermentation, July 9
Find out how to ferment garden vegetables and make healthy soda from 7-9:30 pm, July 9, during Hort Week at the University of Saskatchewan.

Zucchini Recipes
I’m planning to try out at least one of these zucchini recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi.

The Disappearing Kitchen 
Kitchens are getting smaller and a research report suggests that by 2030 “most meals currently cooked at home are instead ordered online and delivered from either restaurants or central kitchens”. Would this free us from “kitchen slavery” or be the end of healthy meals?

Gardening Therapy
11 doctor’s offices in London have turned unused spaces into gardens and are inviting patients who are lonely or socially isolated, have long-term conditions, and/or mental health problems to grow fruit and vegetables.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Armchair Detectives Circle the Globe

I seem to have been on a binge of reading mysteries that take place in foreign countries. If you enjoy mysteries and travel adventures, you may enjoy the following books.


Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions 
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano is a Felliniesque account of Auntie Poldi’s adventures when she retires to Sicily to drink herself to death. Auntie Poldi is larger than life (morning salutations in the nude on her roof-top patio, vodka for breakfast, photograph albums of traffic police – ah! men in uniform!) and so are her relatives and neighbours – the sad lady who owns the gelateria, the handsome police detective banished to Sicily for his misdeeds in Milan, the impoverished nobleman who quotes German poetry non-stop, and the businessman who may well be a member of the Mafia. I’ll be reading more of Giordano’s books.


Death in Sunset Grove 
If I’m even half as feisty when I’m 80 as these three old ladies in a Finnish retirement home, I’ll be very, very happy. The plot is absurd (evil retirement home managers, motorbike gangs, tram rides and funerals), but the characters in Death in Sunset Grove by Minna Lindgren will have you marching out the door ready to tackle the neighbourhood bullies.


Dogstar Rising 
Dogstar Rising by Parker Bilal brings modern-day Cairo to life – the poverty, the corruption, the miserable housing conditions. It’s also a tale of immigrants and the choices they make to survive in a foreign land. I’m not sure I’ll continue reading this series, but I did enjoy the insight it gave me into life in Cairo.


Murder on Brittany Shores 
Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec is a police procedural with a solid plot line. The detective is an outsider (from Paris) so you get an outsider’s perspective on Brittany from a German author who spends half the year in Brittany. The sea and Breton pride are front and centre. I plan to read more in this series.


A Very Pukka Murder 
A Very Pukka Murder by Arjun Raj Gaind is set in India in 1909. The hero, Sikander, Prince of Rajpore, with his attention to fashion, good wine, and manners reminds me of Lord Peter Wimsey, but his frustration with British colonials in India turns that model on its head. The plot is convoluted with many possible suspects who Sikander gathers around his dining room table at the close of the book when all is revealed. Well worth reading. I’ll be looking for more in this series.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 18, 2018


Hearth Restaurant 
Hearth Restaurant is now open on Melrose Avenue just off Ruth Street. I interviewed the owners, Beth Rogers and Thayne Robstad, a few years ago.

Rosco’s Roti, June 23 
Rosco’s Roti is bringing Caribbean roti to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on June 23.

Haskap Days, July 5 & 6 
The University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program is offering a haskap school on July 5 and a field tour on July 6 for farmers and advanced gardeners.

Eating Dinner with Canada’s Migrant Workers
An interesting article about the daily lives of Canada’s migrant farm workers: “In 2017, about 43 percent of Canada’s 112,000 paid farmland workers were migrants. For the people we import to work our fields, food not only provides a livelihood but is also essential for maintaining their mental health, for surviving in isolation from their homes and families.”


On the Bookshelf 
I’ve just finished reading Godforsaken Wines: A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine by Jason Wilson. It’s an interesting mix of travelogue, encounters with small-scale winery owners, and tastings of wines I’d never heard of before. It’s worth reading if you’re intrigued by the history and culture of European wine-growing.

I’m planning to read The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young after reading a review, which states, “Rosamund reveals that cows have visual memories which they can associate with unpleasant experiences, and are acutely sensitive to vibrations, sounds, sights and smells. The book includes a list of 20 things you should know about cows, including that they babysit for each other, invent games, take umbrage, nurse grudges and can love music.”

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 11, 2018


Market News: BC Cherries & Goat Cheese 
Little Quail Ridge Orchards will be back at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on June 16 with cherries!! I’m also looking forward to trying the goat cheese from Hal Jadeske.

Edible & Medicinal Plants in your Garden, June 27
LichenNature will be offering a workshop on edible and medicinal plants in your garden from 6-8 pm, June 27, at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre's Garden Patch.

Mission Hill Going Organic
Mission Hill Winery is transitioning all its vineyards, a tenth of the Okanagan’s grape-producing land, to organic. The viticulture manager recognizes that this will take a shift in philosophy: “You can farm organically with a conventional mindset,” he says. “You can spray just as much using organic chemicals, but the way we are looking at it is not just about farming conventionally using organic products, it is about getting the land working healthily for us.” 

Bridging the Summer Gap for Hungry Kids
Summer can be hard for kids who rely on school food programs. 198 libraries in California will be offering a Lunch at the Library program this year to help bridge the summer gap. Other states are following their lead.

Eat More Weeds 
Dandelions, for instance, are a rich source of potassium and a good source of other minerals and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. Your average lettuce leaf can’t compete with that.”

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 4, 2018


Wine Tasting, June 6 
Ingredients Artisan Market is hosting an impromptu (and free) wine tasting from 3-6 pm, June 6.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty, June 7 
Join Dr. Priscilla Settee and Ms. Jenni Schrenk for a shared meal and a talk on traditional Indigenous food systems at 7 pm, June 7. The meal includes fish.

Snowy Village Saskatoon 
Michelle Zimmer of Wild Serendipity Foods says the bingsoo at Snowy Village Saskatoon are delicious. Bingsoo (bingsu) is a Korean Shaved Ice that is loaded with sweetened condensed milk, fruit, chocolate, and other goodies.

Tea Time Party Service 
Michelle also told me about Tea Time Party Service. From china tea cups to fair trade tea, dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes, Shenuka, the owner, brings everything to your home. All you have to do is invite your friends, sit back, and relax. Shenuka’s family immigrated from Sri Lanka where tea and tea production are an important part of culture and industry. By sharing her love of tea, she stays connected to her homeland.

Native Vegetables & Community Unity in Tanzania 
I was born in Tanzania so this article about a woman who has worked hard to promote indigenous vegetables was of particular interest to me. I remember eating squash leaves when I visited Tanzania 15 years ago, and I’ve always wondered if we could be doing the same – the answer appears to be yes.


Old-Timer Vegetarian Rant 
I’ve been vegetarian for 35 years. Being vegetarian was less common in those days and there were fewer vegetarian restaurants or ready-made meals. But that wasn’t a problem! I was living in Ottawa where there was a wealth of international restaurants, which offered all sorts of vegetarian options. I bought cookbooks that introduced me to different ways of preparing food – zucchini sandwiches, West African peanut stew . . . the list goes on and on. Suddenly vegetables were the central feature of my meals and I loved it.

I’m thrilled to see more people becoming vegetarian or vegan, but I’m also concerned by an emphasis on eating meat substitutes. Veggie burgers are great, but I don’t want one that bleeds – it doesn’t even have to taste or chew like meat – it just has to be flavourful and nutritious. I worry that coconut yogurt contains next to no protein – it may taste like a vegan substitute for yogurt, but they don’t offer the same nutritional value.

I've eaten at two vegan restaurants recently. In both cases, I really enjoyed the meal, but I won't be returning any time soon. I had a flavourful pad thai at Seasoned Fusion Tastes, but apart from a few bean sprouts, it contained absolutely no vegetables. Instead, the focus was on meat substitutes, which are highly processed from unknown ingredients. Where are the authentic plant-based protein options, such as tofu, tempeh, beans, and nuts? Gud Eats offers fun fast food, great for an occasional treat but certainly not on a regular basis. My go-to vegetarian restaurant will remain Nosh Eatery & Tap, which offers far healthier options.

It’s a brave step to become vegetarian or vegan, but it’s time to be bold! Grab some Saskatchewan-grown lentils, throw some beans in a pot with lots and lots of locally-grown vegetables and explore all the different international spice options.

Photos: Dishes served at Nosh Eatery & Tap

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 28, 2018


Whipping It Up in the Market Kitchen, June-August 
Kids are invited to attend hour-long drop-in cooking classes at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 10 am-2 pm, June 3, 10, 17, & 24; July 8 & 15; and Aug. 19 & 26.

Rhubarb Party & Contest, June10 
The fresh fruits and vegetables are beginning to arrive at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. I picked up asparagus, spinach, radishes, and red peppers on Saturday.

June 10, from 12-2 pm, it will be Rhubarb Time! at the Market. Sample the treats and enter the contest with prizes for biggest rhubarb leaf, tastiest rhubarb preserve, and tastiest traditional or non-traditional recipe.

Chef Jenni 
Jenn Sharp interviewed Chef Jenni for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Check it out.


Picaro
I had an excellent meal at Picaro on Thursday night. They have Parkerview Kombucha on tap along with lots of local beers, and the veg taco (roasted cauliflower, almond guajillo, ancho eggplant puree, sesame pickled cucumber, sliced almonds) was very tasty. Picaro uses lots of local ingredients, many from the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market which is just around the corner. I had a chocolate tart made with avocado chocolate from Those Girls at the Market.


Recipe for a Healthy Diet 
An interesting article about how following a particular diet (e.g. Mediterranean) won’t necessarily make you healthy. “To solve childhood obesity will take more than fads – it will take the transformation of the whole food system. It will mean controls on advertising junk food to children and money for schools to promote exercise. It will take educating children not just to cook food but to grow food. It will mean a system of agriculture that rewards farmers for growing healthy food. It will mean creating local networks so that families can access seasonal and fresh food. It will mean examining our work culture to find time to exercise and to cook. And it will mean remembering how to eat together as families and friends.”

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 21, 2018


U of S Fruit Program Plant Sale, June 1 
The U of S Fruit Program is holding a plant sale from 9 am-2 pm, June 1. They’ll have everything from fruit trees to ornamentals.

Food Not Bombs, June 2 
Food Not Bombs Saskatoon will be serving a free vegan meal at City Hall from 11 am-12:30 pm, June 2. They're looking for plastic containers, and I'm sure they could do with more volunteers. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to social change. They serve free vegetarian meals to the hungry and protest against war and poverty.

Yoga & Beer, June 16 
Enjoy yoga and beer at a fundraiser for yoga in northern communities on June 16 at High Key Brewing Co.

D & P Bakery 
D & P Bakery were selling Venezuelan baked goods at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturday. I tried the Coconut Chocolate Cake and the Larense Cake (aka Pineapple Upside Down Pound Cake). Both of them were moist and flavourful. I’m looking forward to trying more of their products once they’ve established themselves as a regular Market vendor.

Darkside Donuts 
Rumour (aka Twitter) has it that Bryn Rawlyk (The Night Oven Bakery) is starting up a new business – Darkside Donuts: “Give the people what they want. The people want donuts.” Bryn sets high standards and uses only the best ingredients, so the donuts are sure to be excellent.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Springtime in Saskatoon


Oh, Saskatoon! You are very lovely in the springtime.

Golden Bean


Our neighbours are professional engineers (beaver dam)



Caragana - a homesteading favorite


Saskatoon wouldn't be complete without its pelicans